23 July 2012
The Wold Newton Universe is a concept created by Philip Jose Farmer in his pseudo
biographies of Tarzan (Tarzan Alive) and
Doc Savage (Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life).
In short, it presupposes that in 1795, a meteorite that fell in the English village of Wold Newton caused a number
of mutations in the genealogies of the ancestors of various fictional characters. These include not only Tarzan
and Doc Savage, but also Sherlock Holmes, Bulldog Drummond, Nero Wolfe and many, many more. The Wold Newton Universe
has therefore become a giant fictional melting pot in which characters (or their ancestors) meet, interact, etc.
in ways that were never intended by their creators.
Since most of the contributors -- professionals and fans alike -- to the Wold Newton Universe are English-speaking,
it is not surprising that very few characters from the vast field of French popular fiction have found their way
there -- two notable exceptions being Jules Verne's Captain Nemo and Maurice Leblanc's Arsene Lupin. The purpose
of this site is to remedy this, and bring into the Wold Newton Universe a gallery of new characters, easily the
equals of Holmes, Tarzan or Doc Savage.
Finally, we have chosen to limit ourselves strictly to literary characters, and exclude film, television and comic
books. (French comic books characters can be reviewed by visiting our Cool
French Comics host site.)
Now, enter the...
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