Albert Robida was a French illustrator, lithographer and novelist, known for his futuristic work. Born in Compiègne as the son of a carpenter, he studied to become a notary. However, by 1866 he was a caricaturist and began an association with Le Journal Amusant. He founded his own magazine, La Caricature, with Georges Decaux in 1880 and served as its editor for twelve years.
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Robida's masterpiece is a trilogy of anticipation novels in which he shows his futuristic and almost prophetic vision of the mechanized society of the 20th century. These include the novels 'Le Vingtième Siècle' (1883), 'La Guerre au vingtième siècle' (1887) and 'Le Vingtième siècle. La vie électrique' (1890). Robida has also made illustrations for several stories by Pierre Giffard, including the weekly serial 'La Guerre Infernale', as well as tourist guides and works on popular history. He passed away in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1926.