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The Adventures of Captain Cap and Other Stories

by Alphonse Allais
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

Captain Cap was the fictitious mouthpiece that Alphonse Allais used to tell the tallest of his tall stories and develop his most exotic story ideas, including the majority of those that would nowadays be considered science-fictional.

Allais liked to keep up with contemporary developments in science, and was ever ready to adapt ideas therefrom -- especially ideas that seemed to pose a challenge to common sense -- into the humorous newspaper articles with which he made his living and his reputation. By virtue of this habit of picking up such trifles, and adding absurd twists to them, Allais became an influential figure in the development of the French roman scientifique.

This volume contains the unabridged 1902 collection Allais eventually produced of Captain Cap's adventures, plus a selection of further exotic items from his earliest endeavors, which commandeer supernatural motifs in the same spirit that he was later to bring to the plunder of scientific fancies.

Captain Cap (Le Captain Cap, ses aventures, ses idées, sea breuvages, Juven, 1902)
Captain Cap before Universal Suffrage
His Adventures, Ideas and Beverages
Other Stories
Spectral Love
Ellen's Spirit
The Ghost
Scientific News
Spiritism and the Railway
The Corpse-Car
Science in the Service of the Police
The Chambardoscope
In Someone Else's Skin
A Luminous Idea
The Truth About the Chicago Exhibition
Grave Revelations Regarding the So-Called Bolide of Madrid
The Suppression of Oceans, Seas, Rivers and, in General, the Various Bits of Water
Garnishing the Surface of the Globe
Science and Religion Finally March Hand-in-Hand: An Allegorical Depiction
Per Amica Silentia Lunae: The Moon is a Fish
Where will Science Stop?
Inflexible Science
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.

Cover by Prince Gigi

Published by Black Coat Press in October 2013
ISBN: 978-1-61227-218-4

The Brian Stableford Website