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(1850-1927) US author. In her Rondah, or Thirty-Three Years in a Star (1887) the tale's several protagonists travel through the solar system in a mountain which, propelled by explosions, serves as a Spaceship that takes them to a large inhabited Asteroid, where the central figure of the tale becomes king of the native bird-people, who are in fact of vegetable origin, and who are replaced by ferocious elves when the worldlet cools down. Much happens. In the end, the protagonist, with his woman, seems destined to rule the Universe. The book is a cacophony of irreconcilable elements, but the author's extremely fertile imagination, when harnessed, manages to create a tale which significantly prefigures twentieth-century cosmological Space Opera; it is also noteworthy for its sympathetic conception of Aliens. Xartella (1891), self-published, is fantasy. [JC]
Florence Lucinda Carpenter Dieudonné
born Stockbridge Falls, New York: 25 September 1850
died ?San Francisco, California: 17 April 1927
- Rondah, or Thirty-Three Years in a Star (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: T B Peterson and Brothers, 1887) [hb/]
- Xartella (Washington, District of Columbia: Press of Gedney and Roberts, 1891) [chap: hb/]
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