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(1856-1942) Turkish-Armenia-born painter, photo-engraver and author, whose distant Near Future sf novel, The Anglo-American Alliance: A Serio-Comic Romance and Forecast of the Future (1906), frames its central story with a description of a twentieth-century dominated by America and the UK; Technology has advanced in various ways; Sex can be determined prenatally; Suspended Animation has been invented; and a new telescope has uncovered the existence of a new planet inhabited by Aliens capable of Telepathy. The central story is of considerable interest, as it focuses on two young women who fall in love in terms far more explicit than found in English-language fiction of the era, far more explicitly than any innuendo contained in the term "Boston marriage"; and is almost certainly the first instance in sf of the explicit and nonjudgmental presentation of a love affair between women (see Feminism; Gender; Women in SF). The world of 1960 still persecutes such alliances, however, and the two solve their dilemma when a Scientist offers to subject one of them to a gender reassignment (see Transgender SF), an offer she accepts; they become a happily married couple. Casparian's extremely obscure novel was discovered by Jess Nevins (see below). [JC]
born Ismet, Nicomedia, Turkey: 15 October 1856
died New York: 15 July 1942
- The Anglo-American Alliance: A Serio-Comic Romance and Forecast of the Future (Floral Park, New York: Mayflower Press, 1906) [hb/]
about the author
- Jess Nevins. "The First Lesbian Science Fiction Novel, Published in 1906" (7 October 2011 io9 web) [na/]
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