Peter Kolosimo

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Peter Kolosimo with his wife Caterina in their house in Torino, Italy, about 1972.

Peter Kolosimo, pseudonym of Pier Domenico Colosimo (15 December 1922 – 23 March 1984), was an Italian journalist and writer. Together with the later Erich von Däniken, he is ranked amongst the founders of pseudoarchaeology (in Italian: fantarcheologia), a controversial topic which aims to study the origins of ancient civilizations using theories and methods not accepted by the scientific community. He also popularised ancient astronauts theories of contact between extraterrestrial beings and ancient human civilizations.[1]

Life[edit]

Born in Modena, he lived in Bolzano for much of his life. In 1969 he won the Premio Bancarella, one of Italy's most prestigious literary prizes, for Non è terrestre ("Not from Earth"). His books were translated in 60 countries, including Russia, Japan and China.

Kolosimo also founded and coordinated the Italian Association for Prehistoric Studies (ASP).[2]

He died in Milan in 1984.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Essays[edit]

  • Il pianeta sconosciuto (1957) ISBN 9788842539803
  • Terra senza tempo (1964; translated into English as Timeless Earth) ISBN 9788842533177
  • Ombre sulle stelle (1966) ISBN 9788842534235
  • Psicologia dell'eros (1967)
  • Non è terrestre (1968; translated as Not of this World) ISBN 9788842534129
  • Guida al mondo dei sogni (1968)
  • Il comportamento erotico degli europei (1970)
  • Cittadini delle tenebre (1971)
  • Astronavi sulla preistoria (1972; translated as Spaceships in Prehistory) ISBN 9788842532149
  • Odissea stellare (1974) ISBN 9788842542414
  • Fratelli dell'infinito (1975)
  • Polvere d'inferno (1975)
  • Italia mistero cosmico (1977) ISBN 9788842547013
  • Civiltà del silenzio (1978)
  • Fiori di luna (1979)
  • Io e l'indiano (1979)
  • Viaggiatori del tempo (1981)
  • I misteri dell'universo (1982, with Caterina Kolosimo)

Novels[edit]

  • Fronte del sole or I cavalieri delle stelle (From Outer Space), De Vecchi, Milano 1979 (with Caterina Kolosimo)
  • Missione uomo, Dizionari dell'Avventura n.9, Bruno Boggero e Giunti-Marzocco, 1982 (with Oscar Warner)

Editor[edit]

  • Pi Kappa, rivista di mistero, archeologia ed esobiologia (director), I-II, Sugar, Milano 1972-1973
  • Dimensione X, enciclopedia del mistero (coordinator), 1-10, Milano 1982
  • Italia misteriosa (editor), Edipem, Milano 1984
  • Scrutando nel futuro (editor), Edipem, Novara 1984

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Kolosimo, Non è terrestre (1969); Astronavi sulla preistoria (1972)
  2. ^ [1]

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