The Castaways of Eros
THE CASTAWAYS OF EROS
by Théo Varlet
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Jean-Félix Lyon
At that moment, we represented the genius of human beings and the Earth before that court, the elite of a planetary civilization of evolved lizards that was at least the rival of ours.
5x8 tpb, 244 pages
Aurore Lescure, the first woman astronaut, who starred in The Xenobiotic Invasion, returns in this ground-breaking novel about the first successful interplanetary flight to the planetoid Eros. There, the intrepid explorers discover that evolution on Eros has taken a different turn than on Earth, producing a species of intelligent dinosaurs...
The notion of a Japanese-financed rocket piloted by a French female astronaut was a radical one in 1932, when this daring and original novel was written. With The Castaways of Eros, Théo Varlet hoped to promote the potential of rocket technology to launch a "Space Age" of interplanetary colonization. Sadly, the advent of WWII and his untimely death in 1938 put an end to that dream, leaving only this remarkable roman scientifique as a witness to a future that never was.
- Aurore Lescure, pilote d'astronef [Aurore Lescure, Spaceship Pilot] (written 1932; publ. 1943)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.