J.-H. Rosny aîné (Joseph Henri Honoré Boex, February 17, 1856 - February 11, 1940) was a French author of Belgian origin who is considered one of the founding figures of modern science fiction, second only to Jules Verne in the history of modern French science fiction.

Rosny’s science fiction stories include
Les Xipehuz (1887), Un Autre Monde [Another World] (1895), Le Cataclysme [The Cataclysm] (1896), La Mort de la Terre [The Death of the Earth] (1910), La Force Mystérieuse [The Mysterious Force] (1913), L'Énigme de Givreuse [The Enigma of Givreuse] (1917), La Jeune Vampire [The Young Vampire] (1920), L'Étonnant Voyage d'Hareton Ironcastle [The Amazing Journey of Hareton Ironcastle] (1922) and Les Navigateurs de l'Infini [The Navigators of Infinity] (1925).

Rosny also penned several prehistoric novels:
Vamireh (1892), Eyrimah (1893), the world-renowned La Guerre du Feu [Quest for Fire] (1909), Le Félin Géant [The Giant Cat] (1918) (aka Quest of the Dawn Man) and Helgvor du Fleuve Bleu [Helgvor of the Blue River] (1930).

In 1897, Rosny was named to the French Légion d'honneur. In 1903, he became a member of the first jury of the Prix Goncourt. eventually becoming president of the Académie Goncourt in 1926.

 


novels: The Navigators of Space - The World of the Variants - The Mysterious Force - Vamireh - The Givreuse Enigma - The Young Vampire - Helgvor of the Blue River (2010)