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Petithuguenin, Jean Alexandre

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of French translator and author J A de Saint Valry (1878-1939), who concentrated in his prolific career mostly on thrillers; his pseudonym was sometimes given as Petit-Huguenin. Titles of sf interest include Une mission internationale dans la Lune ["An International Mission to the Moon"] (first version appeared 1926 Journal Des Voyages; rev 1933), in which scientifically plausible Rockets are used to propel a Spaceship to the Moon, a tale quite likely inspired by advances in rocket science centred around the work of German Scientists like Hermann Oberth; Le Secret des Incas ["The Secret of the Incas"] (first version appeared 1931 Chevalier de la Aventure; rev 1934), a Lost Race tale; and Le Grand Courant ["The Great Currant"] (first version appeared 1931 Chevalier de la Aventure; rev 1932), where new Power Sources are required to fight off Yellow Peril from the East. All three novels appear in An International Mission to the Moon (omni trans Brian Stableford 2016).

The Adventures of Ethel King: The Female Nick Carter (coll of linked stories trans Nina Cooper 2014) assembles a nonfantastic series first published in magazines 1911-1914 (see Feminism). [JC]

J A de Saint Valry

born Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, Somme, France: 12 August 1878

died Paris: 14 February 1939

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