THE DOMINION OF THE WORLD
by
Gustave Le Rouge & Gustave Guitton
adapted by
Brian Stableford

Vol. 1. The Plutocratic Plot - Vol. 2. The Transatlantic Threat
Vol. 3. The Psychic Spies - Vol. 4. The Victims Victorious
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The Dominion of the World
(1900) represents a transition from classic Vernian anticipation to the pulp serials of the 1920s and 1930s. It is also the only science fiction work that sought to dramatize the "Transatlantic Peril", positing a fundamental difference of culture and attitude between the United States and Europe. Despite some of its outlandishness, hindsight has lent the world imagined by Gustave Guitton and Gustave Le Rouge (The Vampires of Mars) a certain prophetic quality.

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VOL. 1. THE PLUTOCRATIC PLOT



It is necessary, for the success of our project, not only that we should be the stronger, but also that our superiority should be absolutely incontestable, and our power so formidable that no one would even dare to think of engaging in conflict with us…


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A secret cabal of American billionaires, led by William Boltyn, would like nothing more than to crush Europe, or at least subject it to harsh economic domination, and eventually become masters of the world. To that end, they scheme to use a deadly array of highly advanced weapons invented by Engineer Hattison and an army of psychics under the command of the sinister Harry Madge. Their grand plan, however, is opposed by the heroic endeavors of a handful of Frenchmen...

Contents: La Conspiration des Milliardaires [The Billionaires' Conspiracy] (1899)
Introduction and notes by Brian Stableford


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VOL. 2. THE TRANSATLANTIC THREAT



Black, sinister and impassive, the iron men surged forth in a flood of light. Their battalion was bristling with bayonets. Armored in steel, braced on their rigid legs, their torsos bulging, one might have taken them for Medieval knights resuscitated and ready to advance. Helmets took the place of the metal phantoms' heads.


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In the second volume of the series, as France seemed headed for war with England over colonial disputes in Africa, the secret cabal of American billionaires, led by William Boltyn, schemes to stop French scientist Arsène Golbert from completing his plans for a subatlantic railway. Meanwhile, in his secret citadel of science hidden in the Rocky Mountains, mad engineer Hattison has created an invincible army of "iron men", robots that will ensure the billionaires' victory...

Contents: À Coups de Milliards [Throwing Billions Around] (1899)
Introduction and notes by Brian Stableford

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VOL. 3. THE PSYCHIC SPIES



Hypnotism and spiritualism are our weapons. Let us leave the Europeans to found cannon, arm ironclads and torpedo-boats. What does it matter to us that they have thousands of armed men at their disposal? They will be vanquished nonetheless, by weapons that they do not know, against which they cannot defend themselves!


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In the third volume of the series, after the destruction of engineer Hattison's secret citadel, the secret cabal of American billionaires, led by William Boltyn, hires the sinister Harry Madge, who plans to attack Europe with the aid of a brigade of hypnotists and psychic spies. Only French scientist Olivier Coronal, the inventor of the terrestrial torpedo, stands in the way of the final success of the Billionaires' Conspiracy...

Contents: Le Régiment des Hypnotiseurs [The Hypnotists' Brigade] (1900)

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VOL. 4. THE VICTIMS VICTORIOUS


The hypnotizers are about to begin their attack. Their strength is redoubtable, invisible and sure. The secrets of our arsenals and our diplomacy are no longer secure. Then, when they know exactly what our resources are, they will enter into battle, and we shall be helpless against them if we have not succeeded in vanquishing them with their own weapons...


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ISBN-13: 978-1-61227-098-2

In the fourth and final volume of the series, Harry Madge's brigade of psychic spies sent to infiltrate Europe on behalf of the secret cabal of American billionaires, led by William Boltyn, is sowing chaos and despair, but the invention of a new "psychic accumulator" by Arsène Golbert enables good will to triumph, banishing hatred, ambition, cupidity and egotism, and opening the doors to a new utopian society...

Contents: La Revanche du Vieux Monde [The Old World's Revenge] (1900)
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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.