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Connelly, J H

(1840-1903) US author, associated with works in the occult, though he wrote at least one Western. The first of the two tales assembled as Neila Sen and My Casual Death (coll 1890) is sf, featuring an Invention which projects sounds via light; The Crystal's Secret (1892) is an sf story again involving an aspect of light: images of a murder are trapped in an ice crystal. [JC]

Krohn, Leena

(1947-    ) Finnish author whose first novels were composed for younger readers, an example being Ihmisen vaatteissa: Kertomus kaupungilta (1976; trans Bethany Fox as "The Pelican's New Clothes: A Story from the City" in Collected Fiction 2015), whose young protagonist experiences a magical City through his relationship with the eponymous talking bird. Krohn's focus on multivariant experiences of urban life [for Beast Fable and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Helmreich, Joseph

(1983-    ) US journalist, illustrator, voice-over actor, singer and author whose first novel, The Return (2017), ambitiously conflates a wide range of sf topoi – First Contact; Invasions; Secret Masters; Time Travel; UFO abductions – into a tale that shifts from the Young Adult preoccupations of one of its protagonists to a Cosmological climax reminiscent, except for the Sex, of A E van Vogt. [JC]

Starship Invasions

Film (1977; vt Project Genocide UK). Warner Brothers. Produced and directed by Ed Hunt. Written by Hunt. Cast includes Christopher Lee, Helen Shaver and Robert Vaughan. 89 minutes. Colour. / A small fleet of UFOs led by Captain Rameses (Lee) arrives at Earth searching for a new home for their race; their own planet Alpha's star is about to go supernova. After abducting some Earth people, Rameses's force, the Legion of the Winged Serpent, finds that his people are descendants of humans ...

Nelson, Arthur A

(?   -?   ) US author of some Pulp-magazine fiction and of a Lost Race novel, Wings of Danger (January-April 1915 Adventure as "The Adventurers"; 1915), featuring an ancient Norse land called Valkyria within a volcano in East Africa. The Technology is advanced and the architecture is Asian, but the Religion is savage. King Leopold of Belgium and Cecil Rhodes of Britain vie for the territory, but it is blown up before either imperialist can seize the prize. [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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