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Dunan, Renée

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(1892-1936) French journalist and author, whose birth data seem secure but whose death date has been challenged, though without much evidence to counter the printed record. Baal, ou La Magicienne passionée, live des ensorcellements ["Baal; Or, the Passionate Sorceress"] (1924) and Les Amants du diable ["The Lovers of the Devil"] (1929) – translated together by Brian Stableford as Baal; The Devil's Lovers (omni 2015) – are of modest sf interest for their use of tropes in a manner contiguous with the use of similar tropes in Horror in SF tales, specifically in their sexualizing of the nature of witchcraft in historical times, thus providing explanations for powers and events otherwise inexplicable. Of stronger sf interest is La Dernière Jouissance ["The Ultimate Pleasure"] (1929; trans Brian Stableford with further stories as coll The Ultimate Pleasure 2015), a Dystopia set after a great Disaster – triggered by vast earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault – has decimated the world's population; the tyrannized remnants, who are known solely by numbers, survive precariously. [JC]

Renée Dunan

born Avignon, Vaucluse, France: 1892

died 1936



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