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The Givreuse Enigma
This is the fifth in a series of seven volumes translated and annotated by Brian Stableford presenting the classic works of J.-H. Rosny Aine, the second most important figure in French science fiction after Jules Verne. Until now, Rosny, a member of the Goncourt literary academy, has best been known to the English-speaking public for his prehistoric thriller, Quest for ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 30th 2010 by Hollywood Comics
(first published January 1st 1917)
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An interesting book for anyone who liked La Brigade Chimerique, by Serge Lehman. The build-up is good, gripping, using a language which is efficient and visual at the same time - a balance that Rosny has always struggled to reach. But Rosny loses himself in the love story which was the rule of the genre at the time. The core of the book is weak, predictable, in short, ruined. The hasty scientific justification, falling right at the end, is therefore not developped and of no use for the plot. ...more
J.-H. Rosny Aîné was the pseudonym of Joseph Henri Honoré Boex, a French author of Belgian origin who is considered one of the founding figures of modern science fiction. Born in Brussels in 1856, he wrote together with his younger brother Séraphin Justin François Boex under the pen name J.-H. Rosny until 1908. After they ended their collaboration Joseph Boex continued to write under the name "Ros ...moreMore about J.H. Rosny Aîné...