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Allorge, Henri

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(1878-1938) French poet and author, who worked in a civilian capacity for the Ministry of War during World War One, which nevertheless affected him strongly. In his first sf novel, Le Grand Cataclysme: roman du centième siècle (1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Great Cataclysm: A Romance of the Hundredth Century 2011), a great earlier Disaster has created a Ruined Earth, the consequences of which are meditated upon, during a tour of the ruins of Paris (see Ruins and Futurity), by an observer who draws Satirical implications from his findings, though his own world, dominated by two vast Cities and exploiting a Genetically Engineered slave class of "uplifted" apes (see Apes as Human), is hardly exemplary; the tale climaxes with the use of advanced Weapons which destroy civilization (see End of the World); a few survivors live on in primitive conditions. Allorge's second novel, Ciel contre Terre ["Heaven against Earth"] (1924), describes the failure of an Invasion from Mars because the invaders succumb to alcohol. Several further sf tales for children [not listed below] appeared over the next several years. [JC]

Henri Allorge

born Magny-en-Vexin, Val-d'Oise, France: 20 March 1878

died 1938

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