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Barbet, Pierre

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Pseudonym of Dr Claude Pierre Marie Avice (1925-1995), French author, under his real name a pharmacist and an expert on bionics; he also used the pseudonyms David Maine and Olivier Sprigel. A highly prolific if derivative popular writer of sf from his first publication, of sf interest, Vers un Avenir Perdu ["Towards a Lost Future"] (1962), Barbet published dozens of novels over the next 30 years, ending his career with L'Ere du Spatiopithèque ["The Era of the Spatiopithecus"] (1991); a portion of this large oeuvre appeared in English: Les grognards d'Éridan (1970; trans Stanley Hochman as The Napoleons of Eridanus 1976) and its sequel L'Empereur d'Éridan (1982; trans Stanley Hochman as The Emperor of Eridanus 1983), which make up a series of Space Operas based on Napoleon; the Alternate History tale L'empire du Baphomet (1971; trans Bernard Kay as Baphomet's Meteor 1972), in which an Alien introduces Nuclear Energy to medieval Europe, is also assembled with Croisade Stellaire (1974; trans C J Cherryh as "Stellar Crusade" in Cosmic Crusaders [omni 1980 US]); Liane de Noldaz (1973; trans Stanley Hochman as The Joan-of-Arc Replay 1978); A quoi songent les psyborgs? (1971; trans Wendayne Ackerman as Games Psyborgs Play 1973); La planète enchantée (1973; trans C J Richards as The Enchanted Planet 1975). [MJ]

Dr Claude Pierre Marie Avice

born Le Mans, France: 16 May 1925

died Paris: 20 July 1995

works (translated works only)




  • L'empire du Baphomet (Paris: Éditions Fleuve Noir/Anticipation, 1971) [Baphomet: pb/Gaston de Sainte-Croix]
  • Croisade Stellaire (Paris: Éditions Fleuve Noir/Anticipation, 1974) [Baphomet: pb/René Brantonne]
    • "Stellar Crusade" in Cosmic Crusaders (New York: DAW Books, 1980) [omni of this title and Baphomet's Meteor: trans by C J Cherryh of above: Baphomet: pb/Oliviero Berni]

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