The World of the Variants

THE WORLD OF THE VARIANTS AND OTHER STRANGE LANDS
by J.-H. Rosny Aîné
adapted by Brian Stableford

cover by Vincent Laik

Suzanne saw that she was in the middle of a clearing, in which hideous men were moving back and forth by the light of three red fires. Saurian gazes filtered between narrowed eyelids, shaded by enormous hairy brows. Thick hair bristled on pentagonal skulls. Their teeth were the color of jade; their ears were pointed.

Contents:
Nymphaeum (Nymphée) (1893)
The Depths of Kyamo (Les Profondeurs de Kyamo) (1896)
The Wonderful Cave Country (La Contrée Prodigieuse des Cavernes) (1896)
The Voyage (Le Voyage) (1900)
The Great Enigma (La Grande Enigme) (1920)
The Treasure in the Snow (Le Trésor dans la Neige) (1910)
The Boar Men (Les Hommes-Sanglier) (1929)
In the World of the Variants (Dans le Monde des Variants) (1939)
Introduction and Afterword by Brian Stableford.

A precursor in the genre, Nymphaeum features a Lost World located in Siberia inhabited by amphibious humans lived. The Depths Of Kyamo and The Wonderful Cave Country are exotic versions of Journey To The Center Of The Earth and feature giant, intelligent bats who live in underground caverns. The Wild Boar Men take place on a mysterious island inhabited by savage Boar-Men, with locales such as the Blue Forest, the Red Forest, The Infernal Rocks, the Vlugt Pass. The World of the Variants feature a parallel world which certain privileged humans can inhabit.

J.-H. Rosny Aîné is the second most important figure in modern French science fiction after Jules Verne. Rosny, who was a member of the distinguished Goncourt literary academy, was also the first writer to straddle the line between mainstream literature and science fiction. Until now, Rosny has best been known to the English-speaking public for his prehistoric thriller, Quest for Fire.

This is a series of seven volumes, six of which are translated and annotated by Brian Stableford, devoted to presenting the classic works of this giant of French science fiction.

Consulting editor: Paul Wessels.

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