Journey to the Isles of Atlantis
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JOURNEY TO THE ISLES OF ATLANTIS & OTHER FANCIFUL EXCURSIONS
Seven French roman scientifique stories edited by Brian Stableford
cover by Jean-Félix Lyon
You are in one of the isles of Atlantis, a vast, populous and fertile land. But it would have been better for you to perish last night in the tempest than to land on our shores.
Journey to the Isles of Atlantis is the sixteenth volume in a series of anthologies translating antique items of French roman scientifique.
Included in this collection are Fututistic Paris in 5839 (1822), a story for which the editor was fined a thousand francs and sentenced to three months in prison; The Clockmaker of Nuremberg (1882) and The Inventor (1902), which anticipate the age of aviation; King Beta (1905), in which an aeronaut ends up in a kingdom where modern science is unknown and people still believe in the power of enchanters.
Optimistic accounts of the human future future are presented in Humans in the Year 3000 (1907), dedicated to H G Wells, and The Discovery of the Earth in 2009 (1909).
Finally, the eponymous Atlantis-based fantasy written in 1914 features Plato’s fictitious island, and uses that vanished civilization as a satirical reflection of contemporary France.
Paris in 5839: A Dream. Anonymous, perhaps by Félix Bodin (1822)
The Clockmaker of Nuremberg by Julie Lavergne (1882)
The Inventor by Gaston Derys (1902)
King Beta by Louis Lemercier de Neuville (1905)
Humans in the Year 3000 by Gustave Guitton (1907)
The Discovery of Earth in 2009 by Pierre Grasset (1909)
Journey to the Isles of Atlantis by Pierre Hégine and Pierre Billaume (1914)