THE SCIENTIFIC ROMANCES OF
J.-H. ROSNY Aîné

The Navigators of Space - The World of the Variants - The Mysterious Force
Vamireh - The Givreuse Enigma - The Young Vampire
Helgvor of the Blue River


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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THE NAVIGATORS OF SPACE
AND OTHER ALIEN ENCOUNTERS
by
J.-H. Rosny Aîné
adapted by
Brian Stableford


Two creatures emerged, which differed from all those that we had already seen. Standing on three feet, their torsos vertical, there was something positively human about them. Even their faces, whose skin was bare, in spite of their six eyes and the absence of a nose suggested some kind of homology with our species...

Contents:
The Xipehuz
(Les Xipehuz) (1887)
The Skeptical Legend (La Légende Sceptique) (1889)
Another World (Un Autre Monde) (1895)
The Death of the Earth (La Mort de la Terre) (1910)
The Navigators of Space (Les Navigateurs de l'Infini) (1925)
The Astronauts (Les Astronautes) (publ. 1960)
Introduction and Afterword by Brian Stableford.



US$ 29.95 /GBP 22.99
5x8 tpb, 440 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-35-4


In The Xipehuz, men encounter inorganic aliens, with whom all forms of communication prove impossible. In Another World, a mutant whose vision is superior to that of ordinary men discovers that humans share the Earth with two other species, the invisible Moedigen and Vuren. In The Death of the Earth, Earth, in the far future, has become a desert, and the last descendents of humanity are slowly being replaced by a new species, the metal-based "Ferromagnetals." In The Navigators of Space, astronauts travel to Mars in a spaceship powered by artificial gravity and come in contact with a dying race that is gentle, peaceful, six-eyed and three-legged.

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


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.



US$ 20.95 /GBP 12.99
5x8 tpb, 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-36-1


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.

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THE MYSTERIOUS FORCE
AND OTHER ANOMALOUS PHENOMENA
by
J.-H. Rosny Aîné
adapted by
Brian Stableford


That the Earth might swallow its inhabitants, that the seas might drown the continents, that a deadly epidemic might carry off all living things, that the Sun might go out, that a fiery star might burn them or a displaced planet crash into ours—they were conceivable events, in the image of things that had happened since the beginning of the world…but this fantastic death of light, this dying of the colors, which affected the humblest of flames as well as the rays of the Sun and those of the stars, derisively gave the lie to the entire history of animals and men!

Contents:
- The Cataclysm
(Le Cataclysme) (1896)
- The Mysterious Force
(La Force Mystérieuse) (1913)
- Hareton Ironcastle's Amazing Adventure
(L'Etonnant Voyage de Hareton Ironcastle) (1922)
Introduction and Afterword by Brian Stableford.



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5x8 tpb, 332 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-37-8

In The Cataclysm, the physical laws of nature change in an entire region of France because of the arrival of a strange electro-magnetic entity from outer space. The Mysterious Force is about the destruction of a portion of the light spectrum by aliens who, for a brief while, share our physical existence. In Hareton Ironcastle, explorers discover a mysterious alien world, fauna and flora, embedded in the Heart of Africa.

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VAMIREH
AND OTHER PREHISTORIC FANTASIES
by
J.-H. Rosny Aîné
adapted by
Brian Stableford


Twenty thousand years ago, the North Pole was orientated toward a star in Cygnus. On the plains of Europe the mammoth was about to become extinct, while the emigration of the large wild beasts toward the Land of Light and the northward flight of the reindeer were coming to an end. The aurochs, the urus and the red deer were grazing forests and savannahs. The colossal cave-bear had perished in the depths of its caverns a long time ago...

Contents:
- Vamireh
(1892)
- Eyrimah
(1893)
- Nomai
(1897)
Introduction and Afterword by Brian Stableford.

 

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5x8 tpb, 276 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-38-5


Rosny leant nobility to the prehistoric novel with classic works such as Vamireh (1892), Eyrimah (1893) and Nomai (1897), in which he combined the notions of modern drama with the ability to depict Man's early days in a colorful, yet believable fashion, straddling the line between mainstream literature and fantasy.

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THE GIVREUSE ENIGMA
AND OTHER STORIES
by
J.-H. Rosny Aîné
adapted by
Brian Stableford


The major held two sets of identity papers, which filled their hearts with fear. They were absolutely identical. Each of them referred to Edouard-Henri-Pierre de Givreuse, born at Avranches on March 17, 1889. Each of them recorded a height of 1,74 meters, and advertized the nth company of the nth infantry division.
"It's the same identification!" he concluded.
"But no authority would give two identical sets of papers to two different individuals, even if they were twins! Of what supernatural trickery are we victims?"

Contents:
- Mary's Garden
(Le Jardin de May) (1895)
- The Givreuse Enigma (L'Enigme de Givreuse) (1917)
-
Adventure in the Wild (La Sauvage Aventure) (1935)
Introduction and Afterword by Brian Stableford.

 

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5x8 tpb, 316 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-39-2


A man is found mysteriously duplicated in the trenches of World War I. Brilliantly prefiguring the theme of cloning, The Givreuse Enigma (1917) features the "bipartition" of a human being into two totally similar individuals, each naturally believing himself to be the original.

Adventure in the Wild (1935) takes place in the savage, unexplored depths of Sumatra where brave explorers encounter the mysterious hidden race of the bestial Carabao Men, creatures with "monstrous heads, eyes as phosphorescent as a leopard's, canines elongated into tusks, and hair the color of iron. "


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THE YOUNG VAMPIRE
AND OTHER CAUTIONARY TALES
by
J.-H. Rosny Aîné
adapted by
Brian Stableford


"Since you're sure of not being Evelyn, you must be the being incarnate in her body."
"I can't answer you. I don't have the words to say what I'd need to say. I only know that the memories I find in this body-before my arrival-aren't mine."
"Do you have other memories that contradict Evelyn's?"
"I don't have the words to explain them…and this brain has no images to enable me to recall my own past. They're memories of another world!"
"But you must have a memory of the moment when you invaded Evelyn's body?"


Contents:
- The Witch
(La Sorcière) (1887)
- The Young Vampire
(La Jeune Vampire) (1920)
-
The Supernatural Assassin (L'Assassin Surnaturel) (1923)
- Companions of the Universe
(Les Compagnons de l'Univers) (1934)
Introduction and Afterword by Brian Stableford.

 

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5x8 tpb, 284 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-40-8


In The Young Vampire (1920), a London girl is possessed by an extra-dimensional entity which mutates her body and turns her into a living vampire. The Supernatural Assassin (1923) tells the tale of a murderous wraith. Finally, Companions of the Universe (1934) is Rosny's last, great novel, a brilliant scientific romance in which a secret group of physicists attempts to breach the limits of the universe beyond photons, sub-particles and wave-sequences; while at the same time offering an in-depth study of the perversity of human sexual relationships.

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HELGVOR OF THE BLUE RIVER
by J.-H. Rosny Aîné
adapted by Georges Surdez and
The Honorable Lady Whitehead


Helgvor swung his club, smashed the skull of one of the warriors, while the point of his spear pierced the throat of the other. He shouted, "Helgvor wounded nine Tzohs. Let the warriors be ready for combat."

Contents
:
- Helgvor of the Blue River
(Helgvor du Fleuve Bleu) (1929)
- The Giant Feline
(Le Félin géant) (1918)
- Introduction and Afterword by Paul Wessels & Jean-Marc Lofficier




US$22.95/GBP 14.99
5x8 tpb, 296 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-935558-46-0


In Helgvor of the Blue River (1929), two desperate women flee their barbarous tribe, and cross paths with a prodigious warrior. The Giant Feline (1918) features two friends of different races who set off in search of greener pastures for their tribe, befriend a wild creature, and ally themselves with Wolf-Women... Rosny’s final, action-packed prehistoric adventure novels chart the domestication and integration of savage human instincts into sympathetic culture. Together with Vamireh and Quest for Fire, they combine the restless vigor of youth, the violence and wisdom of ages, the species-imperative of accepting difference and diversity, and the exhilarating joy of defying tyranny and death.


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.