The Master of Light

The Master of Light


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ISBN-13: 9781935558194
Publisher: Black Coat Press
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About 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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