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The Rochester Bridge Catastrophe

(1912)
(The third book in the Mysterious Doctor Cornelius series)
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The modern literary archetype of the mad doctor is wonderfully incarnated in French proto-science fiction by Dr. Cornelius Kramm, the star of The Mysterious Dr. Cornelius, a sprawling saga serialized in eighteen volumes in 1912-13, written by the prolific Gustave Le Rouge, author of The Vampires of Mars and The Dominion of the World. Dr. Cornelius Kramm and his brother, Fritz, rule an international criminal empire called the "Red Hand." Cornelius is a brilliant surgeon, nicknamed the "Sculptor of Human Flesh" because of his diabolical ability to alter people's likenesses through the science of "carnoplasty." Cornelius' growing, global, evil web eventually causes the creation of an alliance of heroes, who band together to fight him and, ultimately, defeat the Lords of the Red Hand. These heroes are: Dr. Prosper Bondonnat, an equally brilliant French scientist, biologist and botanist; American billionnaire William Dorgan and his son, Harry Dorgan, who is also in love with the beautiful Isadora Jorgell, Baruch's good-hearted sister; and finally British Lord Burydan, a colorful, freebooting adventurer. Cornelius Kramm's evil schemes are ultimately defeated after a globe-spanning battle by this alliance of good scientists, lovers, and brave men. However, the ultimate fate of the master villain remains ambiguous... Gustave Le Rouge (1867-1938) was one of the authors who most embodied the evolution of modern science fiction, moving it away from the juvenile adventures of Jules Verne by incorporating real people with real emotions into his stories, thus bridging the gap between Vernian and Wellsian science fiction.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Paperback Editions

February 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Mysterious Doctor Cornelius 3: The Rochester Bridge Catastrophe
Author(s): Gustave Le Rouge
ISBN: 1-61227-245-2 / 978-1-61227-245-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hollywood Comics
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Kindle Editions

August 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Mysterious Doctor Cornelius 3: The Rochester Bridge Catastrophe (French science fiction Book 111)
Author(s): Gustave Le Rouge
Publisher: Black Coat Press
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