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Charbonneau, Louis

Entry updated 9 January 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1924-2017) US journalist and author who also wrote nonfantastic Westerns as by Carter Travis Young; after writing some radio plays at the end of the 1940s, he worked as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times (1952-1971), beginning to publish sf novels with No Place on Earth (1958), about a coercive Dystopia. He produced sf for several years thereafter, publishing: Corpus Earthling (1960), about invading telepathic Martian parasites (see Mars) who eventually pass on their ESP powers to mankind; The Sentinel Stars (1963), another dystopia, this time about doomed revolts in a regimented future; Psychedelic-40 (1965; vt The Specials 1965); and Antic Earth (1967; vt Down to Earth 1967), set in one of a series of Space Stations designed for emergency landings, though the small crew of Station #17 lives in an environment designed to simulate conditions back on Earth – which it turns out has been rendered unlivable by an atomic explosion.

In all these novels Charbonneau tends towards claustrophobic situations in which his rather conventional protagonists explore themselves through action scenarios. Also in the 1960s, he scripted two episodes of The Outer Limits (1963-1965). After 1980 much of his work was Horror; he became inactive after the late 1990s. Charbonneau should not be confused with Louis Charbonneau (?   -    ), a Canadian educator. [JC]

Louis Henry Charbonneau

born Detroit, Michigan: 20 January 1924

died Lomita, California: 11 May 2017



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