Books by J H Rosny

Les Xipéhuz

by J.-H. Rosny

Cette œuvre est différenciés des autres par une biographie détaillée de l'auteur.
Ce livre comporte une table des matières dynamique, et a été relu et corrigé.
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Les prêtres, les vieillards et les chefs ont, dans l’émerveillement, écouté mon récit ; et jusqu’au fond des solitudes les coureurs sont allés répéter la bonne nouvelle. Le grand Conseil a ordonné aux guerriers de se réunir à la sixième lune de l’an vingt-deux mille six cent et quarante-neuf, dans la plaine de Mehour-Asar, et les prophètes ont prêché la guerre sacrée. Plus de cent mille guerriers Zahelals sont accourus, et un grand nombre de combattants des races étrangères, Dzoums, Sahrs, Khaldes, attirés par la renommée, sont venus s’offrir à la grande nation.
Kzour a été cerné d’un décuple rang d’archers, mais les flèches ont toutes échoué devant la tactique xipéhuze, et des guerriers imprudents, en grand nombre, ont péri.
Alors, pendant plusieurs semaines, une grande terreur a prévalu parmi les hommes. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Xipehuz and The death of the earth

by J.-H Rosny

In The Xipehuz, men encounter inorganic aliens, with whom all forms of communication prove impossible. In Another World, a mutant whose vision is superior to that of ordinary men discovers that humans share the Earth with two other species, the invisible Moedigen and Vuren. In The Death of the Earth, Earth, in the far future, has become a desert, and the last descendents of humanity are slowly being replaced by a new species, the metal-based "Ferromagnetals." In The Navigators of Space, astronauts travel to Mars in a spaceship powered by artificial gravity and come in contact with a dying race that is gentle, peaceful, six-eyed and three-legged. J.-H. Rosny Aîné is the second most important figure in modern French science fiction after Jules Verne. Rosny, who was a member of the distinguished Goncourt literary academy, was also the first writer to straddle the line between mainstream literature and science fiction. Until now, Rosny has best been known to the English-speaking public for his prehistoric thriller, Quest for Fire. This is a series of six volumes masterfully translated and annotated by Brian Stableford, devoted to presenting the classic works of this giant of French science fiction.

Three Science Fiction Novellas: From Prehistory to the End of Mankind

by J. -H. Rosny

Writing in 1927, Julien Benda described France as being afflicted by the twin scourges of narrow, class-based politics and rabid nationalism. He nevertheless identified Marcel Proust (who had died in 1922) as a writer who had refused to embrace the ideological narrowness of his age. Edward J. Hughes seeks to assess how Proust and his novel A la recherche du temps perdu might be understood in relation to issues of class and nation. A la recherche was produced in momentous times. As an extended textual construction, first conceived of in 1908 and the last tranche of which appeared posthumously almost two decades later, it was assembled against a backdrop of major historical events: pre-war tensions in the wake of the Dreyfus Affair and the Separation of Church and State (issues on which Proust had campaigned publicly); the First World War and the atmosphere of narrow nationalism and Germanophobia which the conflict generated; and the continuing polarization in class politics in the years after the First World War. These all find echoes in A la recherche and Hughes establishes how the exposure given to questions of class and nation needs to be understood historically. He demonstrates that the frequently entrenched positions of Proust's contemporaries at times square with the language and images of social conservativism to be found in A la recherche. Yet alongside that, Hughes unearths evidence that points to Proust as a free-floating, often playful, iconoclast and radical commentator who, as Theodor Adorno observed, resisted bourgeois compartmentalization.

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