Doctor Lerne

Doctor Lerne

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by Maurice Renard
     
 

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Often hailed as the best French science fiction writer of the early 20th century, Maurice Renard coined the term "Scientific Marvel Fiction" to pen a series of gripping, ground-breaking stories that owe as much to Edgar Allan Poe as they do to H.-G. Wells. Until now, Renard was best known to the English-speaking public for his thrice-filmed thriller, The Hands of…  See more details below

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Often hailed as the best French science fiction writer of the early 20th century, Maurice Renard coined the term "Scientific Marvel Fiction" to pen a series of gripping, ground-breaking stories that owe as much to Edgar Allan Poe as they do to H.-G. Wells. Until now, Renard was best known to the English-speaking public for his thrice-filmed thriller, The Hands of Orlac. This is a series of five volumes, translated and annotated by Brian Stableford, devoted to presenting the classic works of this pioneering giant of French science fiction. Dedicated to H.-G. Wells, Doctor Lerne (1908) features a mad scientist who performs organ transplants not only between men and animals, but also with plants, and even machines. This volume also includes "Mr Dupont's Vacation" (1905), a story about dinosaurs returning to life, and Renard's 1909 revolutionary manifesto on "Scientific Marvel Fiction."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013876071
Publisher:
Black Coat Press
Publication date:
12/15/2011
Series:
French Science Fiction , #33
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,086,400
File size:
987 KB

Meet the Author

Influenced by Edgar Allan Poe and H.-G. Wells, Maurice Renard (-) often crossed the line between fantastique and science fiction, and yet developed a rational, lucid, logical approach to the supernatural. His Le Docteur Lerne - Sous-Dieu (1908) was dedicated to Wells. In it, a mad scientist transplanted not only organs between men and animals, but also between plants, and even machines. His 1911 novel, Le Péril Bleu, predating Charles Fort's Book of the Damned (1919), postulated the existence of invisible creatures living in the upper strata of the atmosphere who fish for men. It is, however, humanistic and tolerant in style rather than fearful and xenophobic philosophy. Renard's impact was even more considerable in the 1920s and 1930s, with Un Homme chez les Microbes (1928), one of the first scientific novels on the theme of miniaturization. One of his last works novels was Le Maître de la Lumière (1947) which anticipated Bob Shaw's notorious "slow glass" by introducing the concept of a glass that condensed time.

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