Ce livre publié en anglais par Brian Stableford, grand auteur et anthologiste de science-fiction, inclue neuf récits précurseurs de la SF. Albert Robida, non content d'y figurer avec un extrait des Voyages très extraordinaire de Saturnin Farandoul : The Monkey King, fait également la quatrième de couverture avec quelques lignes de ce même extrait :
"Ah, if I had my apes, the pirates wouldn't hold on for long!" Farandoul said.
"I can save you," said a firm voice, which suddenly emerged from the depths of the tunnel.
Farandoul drew his revolver.
"Fear not, I'm a friend," the voice added. "I am Captain Nemo, and I will save you."
Captain Nemo Meets The King of the Apes
This collection of nine proto-science fiction tales, translated and edited by renowned science fiction writer and scholar Brian Stableford, ranges from Louis-Sébastien Mercier's 1768 opening tale, in which the hero communicates with the dead through a beam that anticipates a modern-day laser, to an 1887 story by Guy de Maupassant that speculates on Martian life. In between, we have tales of a heart transplant, a device that can see through time and an alien dragon.
The book also includes Albert Robida's classic novella "The Monkey King" in which Saturnin Farandoul, shipwrecked as a baby and raised by apes on a Pacific Island, visits the Mysterious Island and joins forces with Captain Nemo to battle the savage pirate hordes of Bora-Bora.
The stories gathered here exemplify the manifest intention of writers from the 18th and early 19th centuries to create a new genre of modern, imaginative fiction, distinctively different from the Utopias and occult romances typical of the times. This edition includes a historical introduction and notes by Stableford.
News from the Moon (1768) by Louis-Sébastien Mercier
The Embalmed Hand (1867) by Adrien Robert
The Future Phenomenon (1866) by Stéphane Mallarmé
The Metaphysical Machine (1877) by Jules Richepin
The Monkey King (1879) by Albert Robida
The Historioscope (1883) by Eugène Mouton
Tony Wandel's Heart (1884) by Georges Eekhoud
Martian Mankind (1887) by Guy de Maupassant
The Red Triangle (1902) by Fernand Noat
Introduction & Notes by Brian Stableford
News from the Moon Brian Stableford (2007) paru chez Hollywood Comics disponible dans les librairies anglaises