Prisoner of the Vampires of Mars

9780803218963: Paperback
Release Date: 1st July 2015

9780803277137: EPUB
Release Date: 1st July 2015

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 416

Series Bison Frontiers of Imagination

UNP - Bison Books

Prisoner of the Vampires of Mars

Written by
Gustave Le Rouge
Translated by
David Beus
Brian Evenson
Introduced by
William Ambler
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Robert Darvel, a young and penniless French engineer at the turn of the twentieth century, is an amateur astronomer obsessed with the planet Mars. Transported by a combination of science and psychic powers to Mars, Robert must navigate the dangers of the Red Planet while trying to return to his fiancée on Earth. Through his travels, we discover that Mars can not only support life but is also home to three different types of vampires. This riveting combination of science fiction and the adventure story provides a vivid depiction of an imagined Mars and its strange, unearthly creatures who might be closer to earthly humans than we would care to believe.

Originally published in French as two separate volumes, translated as The Prisoner of the Planet Mars (1908) and The War of the Vampires (1909), this vintage work is available to English-language audiences unabridged for the first time and masterfully translated by David Beus and Brian Evenson.

Introduction by William Ambler

The Prisoner of the Planet Mars
Part One
I. A Mysterious Message
II. Ralph Pitcher’s Home
III. Missing
IV. Yarmouth Street
V. The Castle of Energy
VI. Marvels
VII. The Catastrophe
VIII. The Awakening
Part Two
I. The Wilderness
II. Dead from Joy
III. The Conquest of Fire
IV. The White Beast
V. The Vampire
VI. Captain Wad’s Experiment
VII. The Martian Village
VIII. Public Festivities
IX. War with the Idols
X. Nocturnal Battle
XI. Explorations
XII. Progress
XIII. The Crystal Mountain
XIV. The Photographs
XVI. Darkness
Translator’s Note

The War of the Vampires
Part One: The Invisibles
I. Zarouk
II. The Villa des Lentisques
III. A Meal Worthy of Lucullus
IV. The Invisible Being
V. The Catastrophe
VI. A Strange Meteorite
VII. A Potent Cure
Part Two: The Martian Mystery
I. Robert Darvel’s Tale
II. After the Victory
III. The Aerophytes
IV. The Glass Tower
V. Arsenals and Catacombs
VI. The Opal Helmet
VII. The Isle of Death
VIII. The Road Home
Part Three: The Last of the Vampires
I. Nocturnal Phantasms
II. The Pursuit
III. Explanations

Gustave Le Rouge (1867–1938) was a French writer of early science fiction. His masterpiece vampire novels charted an innovative course for early science fiction. David Beus is an assistant professor of international cultural studies at Brigham Young University–Hawai‘i. He translated, with Brian Evenson, Christian Gailly’s novel Red Haze (Nebraska, 2005). Brian Evenson is the Royce Professor of Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University. He is the author of more than a dozen novels and translations, including Immobility, Windeye, and Altmann’s Tongue (Nebraska, 2002). William Ambler lives and writes in Rhode Island. His work can be found at the Huffington Post and Word and Film.

Prisoner of the Vampires of Mars was first published in 1908. In contrast to the works by Verne, Le Rouge’s novel is firmly planted at the speculative end of the genre: the hero is able to travel to Mars using the “power of thought” (which apparently propagates at half the speed of light), generated by mysterious Indian yogis. […] it is [still] possible to read these books and admire alternative visions of the future created by nineteenth-century minds.” - Pippa Goldschmidt, Times Literary Supplement, April 2016

“The best novel of one of the most important SF writers in France at the dawn of the twentieth century. Gustave Le Rouge was one of the first to portray the overlap between scientific technology and psychic phenomena to explore a host of new cognitive, aesthetic, and speculative frontiers. In so doing, he helped to launch a new literary genre.”—Arthur Evans, author of Jules Verne Rediscovered and managing editor of Science Fiction Studies 

Arthur Evans