The Man With the Blue Face
THE MAN WITH THE BLUE FACE
8 scientific romances by Alfred Assolant, Camille Debans, Arnould Galopin, Charles Guyon, Ernest d'Hervilly, E.M. Laumann, Bernard Lazare & Gaston de Pawlowski
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Mandy
"To think that, back on Earth, we believe that we're arrived at the peak of civilization! That we regard our globe as an abode of wisdom and reason!" Come to Kirimon, O poor inhabitants of Earth! Come to Venus!"
This is the ninth in a series of anthologies of exemplary texts in the evolution of the French genre of roman scientifique. The eight stories collected here were published between 1860 and 1928.
They include two remarkable short novels: Charles Guyons's A Voyage to the Planet Venus (1888), a significant early "planetary romance" in which human explorers visit the colorful, prehistoric world of Venus, and Arnould Galopin's The Man with the Blue Face (1907), in which the author of Doctor Omega describes in frightfully realistic terms how a scientist driven mad by grief uses deadly germs to revenge himself on the inhabitants of Paris.
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.
Alfred Assollant: The Amours of Quaterquem [Les Amours de Quaterquem] (1860)
Ernest d'Hervilly: Josuah Electricmann (1882)
Charles Guyon: Voyage to the Planet Venus [Voyage dans la planete Venus] (1888)
Bernard Lazare: The Offering to the Goddess [L'Offrande à la Deesse] (1889)
Camille Debans: Tomorrow's Fool [Le Fou d'apres-demain] (1899)
Arnould Galopin: The Man With the Blue Face [L'Homme à la figure bleue / Le Bacille] (1907)
Gaston de Pawlowski: The Bankruptcy of Science [La Faillite des sciences] (1909)
E.M. Laumann: The Alcyon [L'Alcyon] (1923)