This collection of nine proto-science fiction tales, translated and edited by renowned science fiction writer and scholar Brian Stableford, ranges from Louis-SÃ©bastien Mercier's 1768 opening tale, in which the hero communicates with the dead through a beam that anticipates a modern-day laser, to an 1887 story by Guy de Maupassant that speculates on Martian life. In between, we have tales of a heart transplant, a device that can see through time and an alien dragon. The book also includes Albert Robida's classic novella "The Monkey King" in which Saturnin Farandoul, shipwrecked as a baby and raised by apes on a Pacific Island, visits the Mysterious Island and joins forces with Captain Nemo to battle the savage pirate hordes of Bora-Bora. Stories by Georges Eekhoud, StÃ©phane MallarmÃ©, Guy de Maupassant, Louis-SÃ©bastien Mercier, EugÃ¨ne Mouton, Fernand Noat, Jean Richepin, Adrien Robert and Albert Robida.
Used availability for Brian M Stableford's News from the Moon
February 2007 : USA Paperback