The Conquest of the Air
THE CONQUEST OF THE AIR
Forty Days of Aerial Navigation
by Alphonse Brown
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Jean-Pierre Normand
The Rocky Mountains stood before them, their snowy summits reaching an altitude of between three and four thou-sand meters. It was certainly possible to pass over them, but it would be necessary to sacrifice some of the gas enclosed in the hull, because its tension risked causing an explosion.
Within the history of the French popular fiction, The Conquest of the Air (1875) with its trip around the world in forty days in a steam-powered flying machine, is significant in terms of its prediction of the development of future aviation; as well as its contribution to the development of Vernian fiction.
Alphonse Brown was one of the first French writers to follow in the footsteps of Jules Verne, penning a series of "extraordinary voyages" relying on air power and futuristic inventions. He was one of the main contributors to the leading scientific anticipation magazine of the times, La Science illustrée, and the author of City of Glass published by Black Coat Press.
La Conquête de l'Air a.k.a. Les Conquérants de l'Air (The Conquest Of The Air a.k.a. The Conquerors Of The Air) (Glady, 1875)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.