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Martyrs of Science

  10/02/2012       Alexeysca      0 Comments

by Samuel-Henry Berthoud

Category: Social Sciences

  • Type: Paperback
  • Pages: 420 pages
  • ISBN: none
  • ASIN: 9781612272290
  • Edition Language: English

S. Henry Berthoud (1804-1891) was a writer of considerable ability, remembered today mostly for his often reprinted collections of folkloric legends from Northern France. Yet, he was a writer who came close to inventing science fiction as early as the 1840s.This unique collection assembled, translated and introduced by Brian Stableford, gathers 32 of Berthouds best works, displaying his often pioneering surges of imagination. It includes samples of his remarkable supernatural stories, his eccentric scientific fantasies, featuring real or imaginary scientists, his ground-breaking visions of the prehistoric past of Paris, and his futuristic novella about the Year 2865. Berthouds work would have been just as difficult for contemporary readers to assess as for modern ones, but its esotericism should not be allowed to detract from his achievement, which is as remarkable for its fervor as for its uniqueness. Brian Stableford.

Social Sciences

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