(1863-1934) French author whose nonfantastic novels were critically respected; several were set in World War One, and reflected his war service in the Merchant Marine. Most of his career, however, was focused on popular thrillers, often containing a fantastic element, as in the Doctor Omega sequence beginning with Le Docteur Omega [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1906; adapted Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier as Doctor Omega 2003), in which the eponymous, only seemingly scatterbrained Scientist travels with contrasting companions (after the Jules Verne pattern) to Mars in a Antigravity-powered Spaceship of his own Invention; the ship also, excitingly, serves as a Time Machine, landing the crew on the Red Planet several aeons earlier, where adventures ensue. Doctor Omega and the Shadowmen (anth 2011) edited by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier assembles Sequels by Other Hands, oddly excluding the short fiction Galopin himself contributed to the series.
The later Harry Dickson sequence includes L'Homme au Complet Gris (1911; trans Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier as Harry Dickson: The American Sherlock Holmes: The Man in Grey 2016), and Tênébras, le bandit fantôme (1912; trans Brian Stableford as Harry Dickson: The American Sherlock Holmes: Vs Tenebras 2016), a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, which includes an earlier Galopin creation, Tênébras, a quasi Antihero with hints of the Superhero in his makeup. Tênébras is not an original character, clearly having been created to compete with the more famous Fantômas. [JC]
born Marbeuf, Haute-Normandie, France: 9 February 1863
died Paris: 9 December 1934
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