Three Science Fiction Novellas
From Prehistory to the End of Mankind
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
The translators used, for their translation, the text reproduced in J.-H. Rosny aîné: Récits de science-fiction, edited and with a preface by Jean-Baptiste Baronian (Verviers, Belgium: Bibliothèque Marabout), 1975. This omnibus edition is (sadly) the most recent serious publication of Rosny’s SF works by ...
Introduction: Rosny’s Evolutionary Ecology
Science fiction has a problem of paternity. French critics routinely refer to Jules Verne as “le père de la science-fiction.” Ads for the recent Penguin Classics edition of H. G. Wells proudly trumpet their author as “the father of science fiction.” We speak here for another party in this custody battle: ...
The time was a thousand years before that great gathering of peoples that later gave rise to the civilizations of Nineveh, Babylon, Ecbatane.4 The nomad tribe of Pjehou, with its donkeys, its horses and cattle, was crossing the hostile forest of Kzour,5 toward sunset, into the sheet of slanting rays. ...
I am a native of Gelderland.1 Our property consists only of a few acres of briar and brackish water. Pines that rustle with a metallic sound grow on its boundaries. Only a few rare inhabitable rooms remain on the farm, which is dying stone by stone in solitude. We issue from an old family of shepherds, ...
The Death of the Earth
Targ, the watchman of the Great Planetary, felt one of those sudden joys that lit up the lives of men, during the sacred times of the Water.2 How beautiful the plants still were! They carried Targ back through the ages, to the time when oceans covered three-quarters of the world, when mankind thrived amidst springs, ...