X. B. Saintine (1978-1865) was a prolific dramatist who collaborated
in more than 200 plays with Eugène Scribe and a noted figure of
the Romantic Movement.
Jonathan the Visionary (1823) is a collection of fantasy tales
told by a mysterious immortal called Jonathan (who is only featured as
an active narrator in a few of them). It includes The Story of an Antediluvian
Civilization, which retells the history of a civilization from Ethiopia,
only a few distant echoes of which survive today. Ranging from prehistorical
fantasy to post-apocalypse, it provides a prophetic indication of the
manner in which our own civilization might degenerate. The fact that scientific
and technological progress is presented here as a symptom of social disease
makes Saintines vision more modern and radical than any of his contemporaries.
Cover by Mandy
Published by Black Coat Press in May 2018