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Rameau, Jean

Pseudonym of French author Laurent Labaigt (1858-1942), who first became well-known with the contes cruels assembled in Fantasmagories, histoires rapides ["Phantasmagorias: Rapid Tales"] (coll 1887), which contains some of the best examples of his very large output (reportedly 5,000 short stories in all); though condensed into a kind of surreal pointillism, sf motifs – the use of electricity as a universal Power Source, and portraits of the Paris of the future – can be detected. Along with L'Arrivée aux étoiles: essai vers l'au-delà ["Arrival in the Stars: Essay on the Beyond"] (1922), eleven tales from Fantasmagories were assembled as Arrival in the Stars and Other Stories (omni trans Brian Stableford 2017). The title novel, which consciously reflects the aftermath of World War One (in which Labaigt's son died), espouses a scientific basis for life after death (see Reincarnation). [JC]

Laurent Labaigt

born Gaas, New-Aquitaine, France: 19 February 1858

died Cauneille, New-Aquitaine, France: 21 February 1942

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Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
Accessed 02:03 am on 25 May 2022.