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Féval fils, Paul

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(1860-1933) French author, best known for his adaptations and continuations of the work of his father, Paul Féval, beginning in 1893. He was relatively unprolific in the sf field, though Félifax (1929-1933 2vols [see Checklist for separate volumes]; trans Brian Stableford as Felifax the Tiger Man 2007) is about a Tarzan-like protagonist whose near-Superhero powers come into play – and manifest themselves in physiological changes – only when he is intensely aroused. The second volume, set partly in London also features a figure clearly derived from Sherlock Holmes. He is also of sf interest for the Mysteries of Tomorrow sequence beginning with Les Fiancés de l'an 2000 (1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Mysteries of Tomorrow: Volume 1: Fiances of the Year 2000 2020) with H-J Magog, couched as a melodramatic Future History in which the twenty-first century – a Utopian world made possible through the Inventions and uplifting example of the scientist Oronius – is threatened from his seemingly impregnable Tibetan Keep by a Mad Scientist the Germanic Otto Hentzen. Defeated, Hentzen conquers the Hollow Earth, from which he continues to threaten the surface, generating vast Disasters and creating through malign Uplift a tyranny of beasts. All may be well in the end, though vigilance must be eternal. [JC]

Paul Augustin Jean Nicholas Féval fils

born Paris: 25 January 1860

died Paris: 15 March 1933

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