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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Louis Geoffroy (1803–1858) was the pseudonym of Louis-Napoléon Geoffroy-Château, a French writer who penned a one of the earliest works of work of alternate history: Histoire de la Monarchie universelle: Napoléon et la conquête du monde (1812–1832) [Napoleon And The Conquest Of The World] (1836; revised in 1841 as Napoléon Apocryphe).

In it Napoleon subdues Russia in 1812, invades England in 1814 and goes on to become the enlightened ruler of the Earth. The book details with great and methodical precision the conquest of the rest of the world by the Emperor, and the technical and scientific achievements made by a united planet under Napoleon’s wise leadership: electric-powered dirigibles, weather control, flying automobiles, typewriters (called “writing pianos”), miracle cures, making sea water drinkable, and even the discovery of a new planet: Vulcan.

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