The Eternal Flame
THE ETERNAL FLAME
by Michel Corday
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Jean-Felix Lyon
"We now know that our descendants will have an inexhaustible energy-source at their disposal. Let us imagine that they will be able to modify the orbit of the planet, launch it toward other suns that will pour new youth into it. Then, a literally-eternal humankind will be able to nourish the hope of infinite progress."
The Eternal Flame (1931) and its sequel Pink Sky (1933) (included in this volume) are two of the few novels about scientific discovery to focus on the economic implications of such discoveries, including publicity, capitalization and the conflict of vested interests. It was a pioneering work in its development of those themes, especially with regard to the harnessing of atomic energy.
It is also original in the manner in which it poses the question of the ultimate objectives of scientific and social progress. Michel Corday's experiences during World War I caused him thereafter to become an ardent propagandist for pacifism; The Eternal Flame is his most striking science-fictional development of that passionate concern.
- La Flamme Eternelle (1931)
- Ciel Rose (1933)
- Les Ailes de Flamme (1909)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.