Michel, Louise

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(1830-1905) French teacher, anarchist and author, imprisoned in 1871 and deported in 1873 for her unyielding dedication to the principles that inspired the Communards during the siege of Paris 1870-1871, returning to France in 1880 as a convinced anarchist and Feminist; she was frequently imprisoned in later years, which she spent partly in exile in London; her funeral in Marseille was attended by a vast crowd. Her sf consists of the first two volumes of a projected loose Future History series, which was choate enough to receive a name; the existing novels are Les Microbes Humains (1887; trans Brian Stableford as The Human Microbes 2012) and Le Nouveau Monde (1888; trans Brian Stableford as The New World 2012). The portrait of contemporary society unfolded in the first volume, which is set in the very Near Future, is scatologically intense, with vivisections and rapes and child molestations being registered as the fate of all the oppressed at the hands of the owners of the world; as the book closes, an arctic Utopia as been founded, which comes under threat from the super-Villain, Judge Roll Wolff, who needs to divert attention from his (and the establishment's) crimes. The series was projected to carry its cast into space, where freedom beckons, but no further volumes were forthcoming. [JC]

Louise Michel

born Château de Vroncourt, Haute-Marne, France: 29 May 1830

died Marseille, France: 9 January 1905

works (selected)

  • Les Microbes Humains (Paris: E Dentu, 1887) [binding unknown/]
    • The Human Microbes (Encino, California: Black Coat Press, 2012) [trans by Brian Stableford of the above: with an introduction by translator: pb/Daniele Serra]
  • Le Nouveau Monde (Paris: E Dentu, 1888) [binding unknown/]
    • The New World (Encino, California: Black Coat Press, 2012) [trans by Brian Stableford of the above: with an introduction by translator: pb/Daniele Serra]

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