Austruy, Henri

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(1871-circa 1940) French editor and author whose left-wing politics may have caused his death at the hands of the Nazis. He was not a prolific author, his time mostly taken by his editorship of La Nouvelle Revue from 1913 to 1940, when it was shut down by the occupying forces. Much of that output is sf, including L'Eupantophone (September-December 1904 La Nouvelle Revue; 1905; trans Brian Stableford with added stories as The Eupantophone and Other Stories coll 2014), a Satire on pre-World War One France conveyed by tracing the consequences of the Invention of the eponymous machine, which reads texts aloud. L'Ère "Petitpaon" ou la Paix universelle (1906; trans Brian Stableford with added stories as The Petitpaon Era coll 2014), satirically addresses the possibilities of a Near Future world peace, depicting a world where conflicts are solved by Mathematics: winners and losers in any conflict being determined through pre-calculations of the number of combatants who would die or suffer maiming. "L'Olotelepan" (1925 La Nouvelle Revue), title story of The Oloteleplan (coll trans Brian Stableford from various sources 2014), is set in an Alternate History whose main distinction from this world is the eponymous Machine, which transmits one's senses to chosen recipients. Perhaps owing to its Surrealist impertinences and assaults upon convention perceptions of the world, Austruy's work did not during his lifetime enjoy the success it merited; indeed the anti-Nazi journalism he produced in La Nouvelle Review before the outbreak of World War Two probably caused his death. Shortly after the occupation of Paris in June 1940, he disappeared. No French investigator has since uncovered his fate. [JC]

Henri Austruy

born Cuzorn, Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine, France: 5 July 1871

died France: circa 1940

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