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Dickberry, F

Pseudonym of French/Scottish author Fernande Blaze de Bury (?   -1931), so identified in the 25 October 1905 San Francisco Call and perhaps elsewhere. Her first novel, The Storm of London: A Social Rhapsody (1904), casually conflates sf and fantasy tropes in its depiction of a London where, after a giant storm, all fabrics have been permanently destroyed, including clothing and books. Paying no attention to the Sex-related implications of universal nakedness, the tale focuses instead on the gradual creation of a Utopia freed of the shackles of class. But the protagonist, a young peer disgruntled by twentieth-century hedonism, has been caught in a fever dream; and awakens to the old world, though his fiancée, having listened to him in his delirium, has become a wiser woman. [JC]

Fernande Blaze de Bury


died Biarritz, France: 1931

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Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 19:00 pm on 7 July 2022.