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The Tower of Destiny

by Joseph Méry
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

Joseph Méry (1798-1866) was the nearest French equivalent to Edgar Allan Poe as a ground-breaking pioneer of speculative fiction. The title piece is a significant exercise in alternate history, in which Méry imagined that Napoleon's life took a different turn in Egypt in 1799. The Truth About Creation argues in a mock-serious manner that there is nothing supernatural about God's creation of the world.The Lunarians, inspired by the New York Sun's famous "moon hoax" of 1835, offers a colorful picture of a Selenite civilization. The Explorations of Victor Hummer describes the rediscovery of a mythical city in Egypt. What We Shall See outlines the Utopian prospects of future human progress and includes some striking imagery of a future Paris, also featured in the classic The Ruins of Paris.

The Truth About Creation (La Verité sur la Creation) (1836)
What We Shall See (Ce qu'on verra)
The Ruins of Paris (Les Ruines de Paris)
The Lunarians (Les Lunariens) (1836)
The Explorations of Victor Hummer (Les Explorations de Victor Hummer) (1836)
The Tower of Destiny (Histoire de ce qui n'est pas arrivé) (1854)
An Aerial Voyage (Un Voyage aérien) (1844)
Bertram's Brother (Le Frère de Bertram)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford

Cover by Mike Hoffman

Published by Black Coat Press in July 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61227-101-9

The Brian Stableford Website