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Tinseau, Léon de

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(1844-1921) French author, prolific towards the end of the nineteenth century. Le Duc Rollon (1913; trans Florence Belknap Gilmour as Duc Rollon 1913), is an sf adventure set in the moderately distant Near Future, around 2000 CE, with the world under the control of three powers: Britain, Canada, and Japan. The Invention of a new Power Source inspires various expeditions to visit France in search of raw materials necessary for its manufacture; but the venerable Duke Rollon, deeply pessimistic about the inroads of progress and Technology on the culture he holds dear, thwarts their efforts. The apprehensions voiced in this tale reflect a widespread sense that the seemingly inevitable outbreak of what would be called World War One threatened to doom civilization. [JC]

Antoine Joseph Léon de Tinseau

born Autun, Saône-et-Loire, France: 30 April 1844

died Paris: 1921

works (highly selected)

  • Le Duc Rollon (Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1913) [pb/]
    • Duc Rollon (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1913) [trans by Florence Belknap Gilmour of the above: hb/]


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