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The Human Arrow

The Human Arrow

( French -Les Ailes de l’Homme )

collection by Félicien Champsaur

translated by Brian Stableford

Published: Black Coat Press - trade paperback - 2011 ( French Science Fiction 40 )
ISBN: 161227045X / 9781612270456

Black Coat Press - e-book - 2011
see: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/wingsofman.htm

Black Coat Press ( Barnes & Noble ) - Nook - 2011
BN ID: 2940013885882

Black Coat Press ( Amazon ) - Kindle - 2011
ASIN: B006PI61E0

contents
Introduction - essay by Brian Stableford
The Human Arrow ( aka Les Ailes de l’Homme 1917/27 )
The First Man ( aka Le Premier Homme 1885 )
The Last Man ( aka Le Dernier Homme 1885 )
Notes - Brian Stableford

synopsis
The Human Arrow is the story of the first non-stop Paris-to-New York flight by rocket-powered plane - as it never happened. French engineer Henri Rozal faces tough competition from rivals for the hand of his fiancée, as well as shady dealings from financiers trying to steal his invention. As the shadow of war looms, is Rozal’s utopian dream of a peaceful planet traversed by powerful flying machines fated to turn into an apocalyptic nightmare?
This edition contains two versions of the story, the original 1917 edition and the rewritten conclusion ( published 1927 ) which takes into account Charles Lindbergh’s flight and the horrors of World War I.
The Last Man is a novella describing how a comet increases the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere and causes Paris to revert to a jungle, and Man to an ape-like beast.

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