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Investigations of the Future

Seven proto-science fiction tales by
Pierre-Simon Ballanche, Victor Fournel, Alfred Franklin, Théophile Gautier,
Arsène Houssaye, Jean Jullien & Maurice Spronck
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

This is a new collection of seven French proto-science fiction stories devoted to explorations of the future, as imagined in the 1850s and early 1900s, translated and annotated by renowned science fiction writer and scholar Brian Stableford.

This collection includes fantastic explorations of Future Paris by Théophile Gautier, Arsène Houssaye, Victor Fournel as well as Alfred Franklin's visionary The Ruins of Paris in 4875 (1875), Maurice Spronck's devastating criticism of socialist utopianism, Year 330 of the Republic (1894), and Jean Jullien's An Investigation of the World of the Future (1909), in which a reporter interviews scientists whose discoveries are in the process of laying the foundations for the transformation of human society

Théophile Gautier: Future Paris (1851)
Arsène Houssaye: Future Paris (1856)
Victor Fournel: Future Paris (1865)
Alfred Franklin: The Ruins of Paris in 4875 (1875)
Maurice Spronck: Year 330 of the Republic (1894)
Jean Jullien: An Investigation of the World of the Future (1909)
Pierre-Simon Ballanche: Hebal's Vision (1834)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.

Cover by Mandy

Published by Black Coat Press in August 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61227-106-4

The Brian Stableford Website