Journey to the Inverted World
JOURNEY TO THE INVERTED WORLD
by Marcel Rouff
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Bruno B. Bordier
"There, I found people who have achieved happiness, recovered the instinct of virtue, the practice of simplicity, the natural use of truth… an Inverted World, indeed!"
During a tropical storm over the Pacific, French Air Force Captain L'Herbaudière is mysteriously transported to a utopia-like society of free love which rejected money and technology two thousand years earlier. But even that utopia has its dark side: the Accursed, a prison-state locked behind an impregnable magnetic barrier, where those who refuse to live in utopia are condemned to remain. The arrival of L'Herbaudière threatens the very foundations of the Inverted World...
Labelled "one of the most imaginatively ambitious works of its era" by Brian Stableford, Marcel Rouff's Journey to the Inverted World (1920) is both a rare contemporary exercise in utopianism, as well as a ground-breaking work of science fiction depicting 2000 years of futuristic history.
Voyage au Monde à l'Envers [Journey To The Inverted World] (1920)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.