In the same series:

News from the Moon

The Germans on Venus

The Supreme Progress

The World Above the World


The Conqueror of Death

The Revolt of the Machines

The Man with
the Blue Face

The Aerial Valley

The New Moon

The Nickel Man

On the Brink of
the World's End

The Mirror of
Present Events

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Seven proto-science fiction tales by
Pierre-Simon Ballanche, Victor Fournel, Alfred Franklin, Théophile Gautier, Arsène Houssaye, Jean Jullien & Maurice Spronck

adapted by
Brian Stableford

The scientific commission charged by Your Excellency with exploring the ruins of Paris has remained silent for some time, leaving it to Admiral Quésitor to keep the ministry up to date. We did not want to send out our first report until the results obtained would not only be of a nature to satisfy public curiosity, but also to focus the attention of archeologists...


US$ 22.95 /GBP 14.99
5x8 tpb, 328 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-61227-106-4

This is a new collection of seven French proto-science fiction stories devoted to explorations of the future, as imagined in the 1850s and early 1900s, translated and annotated by renowned science fiction writer and scholar
Brian Stableford.

This collection includes fantastic explorations of
Future Paris by Théophile Gautier, Arsène Houssaye, Victor Fournel as well as Alfred Franklin's visionary The Ruins of Paris in 4875 (1875), Maurice Spronck's devastating criticism of socialist utopianism, Year 330 of the Republic (1894), and Jean Jullien's An Investigation of the World of the Future (1909), in which a reporter interviews scientists whose discoveries are in the process of laying the foundations for the transformation of human society.

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.

Théophile Gautier:
Future Paris (1851)
Arsène Houssaye:
Future Paris (1856)
Victor Fournel:
Future Paris (1865)
Alfred Franklin:
The Ruins of Paris in 4875 (1875)
Maurice Spronck:
Year 330 of the Republic (1894)
Jean Jullien:
An Investigation of the World of the Future (1909)
Pierre-Simon Ballanche:
Hebal's Vision (1834)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.