Gautier, Émile

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(1853-1937) French anarchist, imprisoned 1883-1885 for making speeches, and journalist specializing in popular science; best known for the nonfiction Le Darwinisme social ["Social Darwinism"] (1880), a text which familiarized the term Social Darwinism for French readers. Solo he published an sf tale, "Le Désiré" (1892 La Science Illustrée), and with Marie-Francois Goron, he wrote the Fleur de Bagne sequence – Fleur de Bagne, roman contemporain (1901 Le Journal; 1902 3vols; trans Brian Stableford as Spawn of the Penitentiary: Volume 1: From Devil's Island to the City of Lights 2013 pod, Spawn of the Penitentiary: Volume 1: From Devil's Island to the City of Lights 2013 pod, Volume 2: Cosmopolitan Pirates 2013 pod, and Volume 3: Scientific Detectives and Bandits 2013) [for full titles see Checklist], in which an amoral master criminal (see Antiheroes), armed with a supply of base metals transmuted into gold (see Transmutation) – supplied to him by a naive anarchist Scientist – takes over Paris, aided by a heavier-than-air flying machine. [JC]

Émile Gautier

born Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France: 19 January 1853

died 1937

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