The Human Paradise

by Nicolas Ségur
adapted by Brian Stableford

cover by Mike Hoffman

“God announces, through the mouth of the inspired woman, that he has a message to transmit to the peoples of the earth. He will communicate it to them before a universal assembly in which the leading intellectuals and the natural leaders of the various nations must take part.”

The Human Paradise (1930) is a scathingly sarcastic satire in which God offers to grant wishes expressed unanimously by the entirety of humankind. The wishes voiced are carefully extrapolated in such a way as to suggest that, however effective individuals might be at screwing up their wishes, a committee composed of the whole human race could do a far more comprehensive job.
An Isle of Amour (1921) is interesting addition to a sequence of French utopian novels that attempted to get to grips with the thorny question of how best to organize sexual relations in a utopia, and what the social consequences would be of instituting a system of “free love.”

Une Ile d'Amour (1921)
Le Paradis des Hommes (1930)
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford.