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The Superhumans and Other Stories

by Han Ryner
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories
Han Ryner (1861-1938) was a French anarchist, a philosopher and a startlingly original science fiction writer in pre-Wellsian, French scientific romance; he was once voted the Prince of Storytellers by a popular magazine.

In The Superhumans (1929), Ryner tells stories of the Time of the Mad Sun, a second sun which lights the Earth in the far future, when a race of giant and super-intelligent Mastodons has arisen to rule the Earth and enslave Mankind… He entertains us with the Travels of Psychodorus, the Cynic Philosopher (1903), who, like Gulliver, encounters Eyeless Men, Retrograde People and many others strange subcultures… In 1896, he foresaw the revolt of sentient machines (1896), imagined the crimes of a solitary sociopath in the enlightened year 2347 and the creation of hybrid man-apes.

Cover by Michel Desimon

Published by Black Coat Press in 2011
ISBN: 978-1-935558-77-4

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