Dessar, Leo Charles

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(1847-1924) US judge and author whose The Royal Enchantress: A Romance of the Last Queen of the Berbers (1900) hovers comfortably between fantasy and sf in its recounting of the paranormal secret history of the historical Cahina, a late eighth-century partly-Jewish Berber ruler who opposed the Muslim conquest of inner Arabia. Her visions of the past and future have a Time Viewer intensity and detail. Her attempts to create a kind of Ruined Earth to divert the Muslims elsewhere fails, and she is duly beheaded. Dessar's telling of the tale is not anti-Semitic. [JC]

Leo Charles Dessar

born Germany: 1847

died 1924

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