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12 proto-science fiction tales by G. Bethuys, Alfred Bonnardot, Alphonse Brown, Emma-Adele Lacerte, Claude Manceau, René du Mesnil de Maricourt, Pierre Mille, José Mosellli, C. Paulon, Emerich de Vattel
edited by Brian Stableford
cover by Mandy
"Enclosed in this hull are the solutions to the principal scientific problems that have been studied since the world began. If we can succeed in understanding the Mercurian and making ourselves understood, human science might gain ten centuries..."
This is a new collection of 12 French proto-science fiction tales penned between 1757 and 1924, translated and annotated by renowned science fiction writer and scholar Brian Stableford.
From a pioneering venture on the exploration of "inner space" by renowned Swiss philosopher Emerich de Vattel to visions of Paris in ruins being explored by future antiquarians; from interplanetary communication with the planet Mars to the discovery of a spaceship from Mercury, which crashed in the Antarctic, and the moving saga of the Earthmen who tried to save its alien pilot, this fifth collection provides an unparalleled view of the evolution of French scientific romances.
In the title piece, Quebec helped to make up for France's lack of female genre writers with Emma-Adèle Lacerte's 1917 sequel to Jules Verne's classic tale, Twenty Thousands Leagues Under the Sea.
Voyages in the Microcosm by Emerich de Vattel (1757)
Archeopolis by Alfred Bonnardot (1857)
All the Way! The Commune in 1873 by René du Mesnil de Maricourt (1874)
The Tell-Tale Insects by Alphonse Brown (1889)
A Professional Scruple by Claude Manceau (Georges-Frédéric Espitallier) (1896)
Cataclysm by G. Bethuys (Georges-Frédéric Espitallier) (1896)
A Message from Mars by C. Paulon (Paul Combes) (1897) (see correction belolw)
The Blue Laboratory by C. Paulon (Paul Combes) (1898)
Nemoville by Emma-Adèle Lacerte (1917)
Three Hundred Years Hence by Pierre Mille (1922)
The Eternal Voyage; or The Prospectors of Space by José Mosellli (1923)
The Planetary Messenger by José Moselli (1924)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.
Correction: C. Paulon : A Message from the Planet Mars is the translation of A message from Mars, a short story of John Munro (1849-1930) originally published in Cassell's Family Magazine, march 1895.