French Tales of Mad Scientists 2
FRENCH TALES OF MAD SCIENTISTS, VOL. 2
stories by Michel Corday, André Couvreur, ,Jules Janin, Maurice Renard, Esward Rod and Jacques Spitz.
translated by Brian Stableford
edited by J.-M. & Randy Lofficier
cover by Stephan Martiniere
US$29.95 - 6x9 tpb, 400 p. - ISBN-13: 978-1-64932-268-5
The mad scientist is a stereotypical, archetypal scientist who is often a cliché or commonplace in popular fiction. He can be absent-minded and harmless, or wicked and dangerous. French science fiction, in particular, features a remarkable number of novels and stories on this theme, enough to justify the three volumes that we intend to devote to this topic.
In this thematic collection we have gathered six remarkable stories by Michel Corday, André Couvreur, ,Jules Janin, Maurice Renard, Esward Rod and Jacques Spitz, published between 1845 and 1939, that encapsulate the basic archetypes of the mad scientist: he is obsessed with his research; he develops innovative technologies at the cutting edge of his era’s knowledge, often out of sheer daring; he appears to be lacking in common sense; he likes to play God without realizing the consequences of his actions.
Each of the authors featured in this volume were privileged witnesses to prodigious scientific advances that were at the root of profound social transformations. The fears aroused by some of these, particularly in biology and chemistry, combined with the stubborn positivism of seeing science as the ultimate solution to all ills, crystallized into the figure of the mad scientist. The rich tradition of the French roman scientifique provides a striking illustration of the archetype inspired by the myths of Prometheus and Faust.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction by J.-M. & Randy Lofficier
Jules Janin: The Magnetized Corpse
Edward Rod : Dr Z’s autopsy
Michel Corday: The Mysterious Dajan-Phinn
Maurice Renard: DOCTOR LERNE, SUBGOD
André Couvreur: AN INVASION OF MACROBES
Jacques Spitz: Dr. Mops’ Experiment