||The Human Arrow, written just prior to World War I, is
the story of the first non-stop Paris-to-New York flight by rocket-powered
plane as it never happened. French engineer Henri Rozal faces tough competition
from rivals for the hand of his fiancée, as well as shady dealings
from financiers trying to steal his invention. But as the shadow of war
looms, is Rozal's utopian dream of a peaceful planet traversed by powerful
flying machines fated to turn into an apocalyptic nightmare?
This edition is the first time that the two versions of the story,
the original 1917 edition as well as its rewritten conclusion published
in 1927, to take into account Charles Lindbergh's flight and the horrors
of World War I, have been published in a single volume.
Also included is Champsaur's novella, The Last Man (1885), which describes
how a comet increases the oxygen in Earth's atmosphere and causes Paris
to revert to a jungle, and Man to an ape-like beast.
Cover by JeamTag
Published by Black Coat Press in October 2011