Debans, Camille

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(1833-1910) French journalist and author, some of whose work, little yet translated, is sf. His Future War tale, Les Malheurs de John Bull (1884; trans as John Bull's Downfall 1884; vt John Bull's Misfortunes 1884); new trans Brian Stableford as The Misfortunes of John Bull in coll 2015 [for subtitles and further details see Checklist below], applies Battle of Dorking topoi from an opposing point of view; not only London is invaded, but also Ireland, for the protagonist of the tale, suffering from a personal slight, uses his untold wealth and advanced Weapons to defeat his foe across the globe. "Graour le monstre" (July-September 1903 Le Journal des Voyages; trans in The Misfortunes of John Bull as "Graour the Monster") features a Monster created by a Mad Scientist seeks vengeance against his creator, but becomes involved with another monstrosity, a beautiful female Vampire. [JC]

Camille Debans

born Caudéran, Gironde, France: 10 May 1833

died Paris: 1910

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