Rouzade, Léonie

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Pseudonym of French feminist, politician, journalist and author Louise-Léonie Camusat (1839-1916) of two sf tales, Voyage de Théodose à l'île d'Utopie ["A Voyage to the Isle of Utopia"] (1872) and Le monde renversé ["The World Turned Upside Down"] (1872), translated together by Brian Stableford as The World Turned Upside Down (omni 2015). The first is a Utopia, though the Island of Utopia which the rebarbative protagonist visits is not Sir Thomas More's; nor is the sarcastic conclusion of the tale: that the individuality so prized by specimens of Homo sapiens is supererogatory. The second is a Satire following the career of the sexually irresistible Celestine, who gains a sultanate to rule, where she permits everything to remain the same, except that the roles of the sexes shall be reversed (see Feminism; Sex). This new order of things proves impermanent. [JC]

Louise-Léonie Camusat

born Paris: 6 September 1839

died mid-October 1916

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  • Brian Stableford writing as Olympe Chambrionne. "The Difficult Quest for Equality: Three Exemplary Episodes on the Margins of the Unhistory of Feminist and Anarchist Fantasy" (January 2015 New York Review of Science Fiction).

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