||Ignis (1883) is about the industrial exploitation of Earth's
central fire by a multinational cartel. It also contains fanciful digressions
into biological engineering, Utopian city planning, the possibility of
brain control by means of electrical stimulation and the potential exhaustion
of fossil fuels.
Proving again that science fiction writers are harbingers of the future,
it features the first depiction of the revolt of machines-steam-powered
non-humanoid robots-that have become intelligent, all penned at a time
before the automobile was even invented!
Cover by Dimitri Rastorgoueff
Published by Black Coat Press in October 2009