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Velle, Gaston

(1868-1953) French filmmaker. A director of over 80 short films, Velle was an important pioneer in the use of special effects, mainly working for Pathé Frères and the Società Italiana Cines. / The majority of Velle's films are Fantastika, though only a few can be said to be sf, and even these are borderline. Most are Fantasy, many being Féerie or "fairy plays": Velle produced some of the first filmed versions of this popular nineteenth-century theatrical genre, ...

Duane, Diane E

(1952-    ) US author, most respected for her work in Fantasy. She is married to fantasy author Peter Morwood (1956-    ), with whom she has collaborated on several books. She began writing fantasies with the Tale of the Five sequence – The Door into Fire (1979) and The Door into Shadow (1984), both assembled as Tale of Five: The Sword and the Dragon (omni 2002), and later extended with The Door into Sunset (1992). A considerably longer fantasy ...

Taine, John

Pseudonym for all his fiction of Scottish-born mathematician and author Eric Temple Bell (1883-1960), permanently in US from 1902; under his own name he wrote at least 250 papers and several studies in mathematical history and theory. Taine's first novels were Lost-World tales: The Purple Sapphire (1924), set in Tibet where an ancient race possesses the secret of atomic power; and The Gold Tooth (1927), set in Korea, where another ancient race is discovered, whose secret – the ...

Davis, Jake

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -    ) – presumably US – of The Last Rangers sequence of sf Westerns, beginning with The Last Rangers (1992), and set in a post-Disaster environment soothingly reminiscent of the imagined nineteenth-century West, in which the Cybernetically enhanced Alamo Smith faces down grotesque foes. The series is copyright by its publisher, and may have had three authors, if they rode alone; or more. [JC]

Lodge, Mrs

(?   -?   ) UK author of A Son of the Gods (1898), a Lost Race tale set in the mysterious Middle Eastern city of Elhazaar, where a civilization of fire-worshippers is discovered. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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