French Tales of Mad Scientists 3

stories by Georges Eekhoud, Edmond Haraucourt, Jules Lermina, Eugene Thibault et Gastion de Wailly.

translated by Brian Stableford 

edited by J.-M. & Randy Lofficier

cover by Yoz

US$29.95 - 6x9 tpb, XXX p. - ISBN-13: 978-1-64932-XXX-X


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 five remarkable stories by Georges Eekhoud, Edmond Haraucourt, Jules Lermina, Eugene Thibault et Gastion de Wailly., published between 1884 and 1929, 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.

Introduction by J.-M. & Randy Lofficier
Georges Eekhoud: Tony Wandel’s Heart 1884
Jules Lermina: The Elixir of Life (1905)
Edmond Haraucourt: Dr Auguerrand’s Discover 1910
Gaston de Wailly: The Murderer of the World     1925
Eugene Thibault: Radio-Terror    1929