The Ultimate Pleasure
THE ULTIMATE PLEASURE
by Renée Dunan
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Phil Cohen
He gathered together nearly a thousand people, who would be the masters and leaders of the new society. One unique duty was imposed on those sovereigns. They were not to take account of any individual life among the few million unfortunates submissive to them; only the struggle against the Necron and the atmospheric poisons was important.
The Ultimate Pleasure (1925) is a dystopia that describes in stark, uncompromising terms a future tyranny and the struggle of its heroine, known only as B 309. In that world, a small technocratic elite use deliberate terror in a desperate attempt to preserve the last remnant of the human race from a worldwide disaster precipitated by a massive disruption of the San Andreas Fault. But what happens after the revolution?...
Kaschmir (1925) is Dunan's engagingly idiosyncratic variation on the exotic femme fatale, the beautiful but deadly Zenahab of Kashmir, inspired by H. Rider Haggard's She.
Metal (1920), one of the author's earliest works, is a prehistoric Atlantean fantasy inspired by the works of J.-H. Rosny Aîné.
La Dernière Jouissance (The Ultimate Pleasure) (France-Édition, 1925)
Kaschmir, Le Jardin du Bonheur (1925)
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford.