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Méry, Joseph

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(1798-1866) French playwright and author, whose Proto SF tale, "Histoire de ce qui n'est pas arrivé" ["A History That did not Happen"] (1854; in Histoire de ce qui n'est pas arrivé; La Tamise; Le Diamant aux mille facettes coll 1859) is an early Alternate History, in which Napoleon's life – and the future of Europe – is transformed when he gains an unexpected victory in Egypt in 1799 and becomes Emperor of India; "Les Ruines de Paris" ["The Ruins of Paris"] (1856; not collected in the author's lifetime), is an early Ruins and Futurity story. Both appear, with other material, as The Tower of Destiny (coll trans Brian Stableford 2012). [JC]

Joseph Méry

born Marseille, France: 21 January 1798

died Paris: 17 June 1866

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