||The Wing, A Romance of the New Age (1911) is the story
of the alerion, a flying machine capable of neutralizing gravity by harnessing
Earth's telluric currents, powered by atomic disintegration and controlled
by radio signals; but even more, it is the story of its inventors, their
lives and loves, and the tragedies that bind them.
Jean Richepin was a member of the French Academy, and the author of
several notable collections of fantastic stories. The Wing is a significant
text in the history of French scientific romance, being one of the few
literary responses to the uniquely exciting combination of the simultaneous
development of the wireless, radioactivity and aviation, which suggested
the dawn of a "new age."
Cover by Jean-Félix Lyon
Published by Black Coat Press in November 2011