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by Henri Falk
adapted by
Brian Stableford

In the equatorial regions, deaths were multiplying. The victims' epidermis was completely hairless; their skin ulcerated in the regions of the body most hidden from the Sun; with intense conjunctivitis; blepharitis and cataracts. The cause of the scourge was attributed to the Sun. It was probable that some specific solar activity had entered into play--but what? Nothing abnormal was observed. Meanwhile, the Scourge continued its methodical and ineluctable progress...


US$19.95/GBP 12.99

5x8 tpb, 200 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-42-2

Mostly forgotten today,
Henri Falk was a comedy writer who, not unlike Thorne Smith in America, penned several sardonically humorous speculative fiction stories, three of which have been translated and collected here for the first time. In The Age of Lead, the Sun's increased emission of gamma rays cause a universal scourge, the only remedy of which is lead, which suddenly becomes more valuable than gold. Master of the Three States tells of a scientist who creates a machine that can transform the human body into a liquid or a gas. In The Astonishing Adventure of Sebastian Phlipot, a magician transfers a man's ability to sense pain or pleasure into a small figurine.

Brian M. Stableford has been a professional writer since 1965. He has published more than 60 science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as several authoritative non-fiction books. He is also translating the works of Paul Féval and other French writers of the fantastique for Black Coat Press which also published his most two recent fantasy novels: The New Faust at the Tragicomique, The Wayward Muse and The Stones of Camelot.

- The Astonishing Adventure of Sébastien Phlipot (L'Etonnante aventure de Sébastien Phlipot, 1911)
Master of the Three States (Le Maître des Trois Etats, 1917)
- The Age of Lead (L'Age de Plomb, 1922)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.