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Viger, A

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Pseudonym of French geophysicist and author Alphonse Berget (1850-1933), almost certainly the instigator of and senior collaborator in the sf novel L'Anneau de Lumière: grand roman scientifique d'aventures (6 November 1921-4 February 1922 Le Petit Parisien; 1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Ring of Light 2018) with Léon Miral, both signing variously as Miral-Viger, or L Miral and A Viger. The tale, which begins just before the onset of World War One, is an exercise in Alternate History whose Jonbar Point is the departure on a Fantastic Voyage of exploration through the Solar System of a French Spaceship powered by a nuclear rocket (see Power Sources), and crewed by a Vernian admixture of usefully contrasting characters (see Jules Verne). Mars is Utopian, but the team eventually rockets onwards to Saturn (see Outer Planets), soon becoming involved there, now that the Great War has begun on Earth, in fighting off a similar German expedition. Miral-Viger published two further tales, like the first in feuilleton format: "Le Bataille de l'or" ["The Battle of Gold"] (14 August-8 November 1923 Le Petit Parisien) and "La Loi de Mars" ["The Law of Mars"] (20 August-16 October 1924 Le Petit Parisien) [JC]

Thomas Claude Xavier Alphonse Berget

born Sélestat, Alsace, France: 24 November 1850

died Paris: 28 December 1933

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