The Heads of Cerberus

The Heads of Cerberus

The Heads of Cerberus A MUCH SOUGHT RARITY ANALOG Published only once in book form a half century ago in a collector s edition of copies this great science fantasy sells for than today Written by the woman whose

  • Title: The Heads of Cerberus
  • Author: Francis Stevens
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A MUCH SOUGHT RARITY ANALOG Published only once in book form a half century ago in a collector s edition of 1500 copies, this great science fantasy sells for than 100 today Written by the woman whose pseudonym was Francis Stevens, it has been hailed as the first alternate history novel Fantasy master H P Lovecraft hailed Francis Stevens as among the top gr A MUCH SOUGHT RARITY ANALOG Published only once in book form a half century ago in a collector s edition of 1500 copies, this great science fantasy sells for than 100 today Written by the woman whose pseudonym was Francis Stevens, it has been hailed as the first alternate history novel Fantasy master H P Lovecraft hailed Francis Stevens as among the top grade of writers The Heads of Cerberus tells of an alternate world Philadelphia, reached by a handful of this world people This Philadelphia is one in which the political corruptors have become ruthless autocrats, ruling through phony civic service competitions which result in cynically brutal enslavement of the people The name of William Penn has become, under the organizational label of Penn Service, the very fountainhead of viciously depraved, dictatorial government Definitely a classic and fun to read Galaxy

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    Though little read and seldom discussed today, in the late teens and early 1920s, Minneapolis-born Francis Stevens was something of a cause célèbre among discriminating readers. "Francis Stevens" was the pen name of Gertrude Barrows Bennett, who published her first story in 1917 at the age of 33. Her career as a writer only lasted six years, during which time she produced six novels and three short stories, and she only took to writing in the first place after becoming a widow, as a means of s [...]

    Stevens had a surprisingly short career, nearly all his fantastical fiction appearing over a period of about five years in the 1910s-20s. More surprising still, he never existed!Francis Stevens was the pen name of Gertrude Barrows Bennett, the first major American woman author of fantasy. (Her true name was not released until the late '40s.) Appealing to a largely male audience in magazines such as Argosy, she delivers the expected brawny masculine characters and plotting, plus the usual gorgeou [...]

    This has to be explicably alternative history [with science fictions and speculative makings] a great character development for fiction in it’s time and drawing us in to see Philadelphia respectively like in 2118 alternatively Francis Stevens work was published between 1919-1920, cool as in cool genre eye opening brain candy from the days back when slang in English usages were norm and science fiction writers were likely new to getting attentive readers pleasing numerous audiences in the flavo [...]

    Read this short novel since I had “discovered” it’s author via my short story reading challenge. Set in 1918 initially, the characters, via some “mysterious gray powder” found in a vial corked by a representation of mythology’s three-headed Cerberus, are transported to 2118, where they encounter a future dystopian city of Philadelphia, where people have numbers instead of names, and are ruled by a Mr. Justice Supreme and his lieutenants, The Superlatives. I think some of the good rev [...]

    This is a rarely reprinted science fiction novel of the early 20th Century about three people suddenly sent on a wild adventure.Set in Philadelphia of the early 20th Century, Robert Drayton is a young lawyer in ethical trouble. Terry Trenmore is a big, strapping Irishman, full of muscles, but perhaps a bit lacking in brains. Viola is Terry's teenage sister. Through a busted burglary and a bit of intrigue, they are sitting at a table with a mysterious glass bottle in front of them. The sterling s [...]

    Odd to say about a fantasy/science fiction dystopia, but this is a lot of fun! Though she often tackled standard genre themes, Stevens always seemed to find a slightly different approach: Here, she creates an "if this goes on" future world, but instead of a pro-socialism (like H.G. Wells) or anti-socialism (like Zamyatin) message, she extrapolates corruption, fear, willful ignorance and short-sightedness - which, unfortunately, seem present all along the political spectrum - and envisions a dist [...]

    Daughter is reading this for Freshman Studies. SciFi from 1919, anticipating everything from Metropolis, and Princess of Mars, to 1984 and Brave New World to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Phantom Toll Booth, and Hunger Games. Some borrowed from Wizard of Oz. Francis Stevens is a pen name for the female author. I was charmed by this line:"There is no known remedy for the loss of a sweetheart who has melted into the circumambient atmosphere."Francis Stevens, The Heads of Cerberus

    Interesting book. A little hard to follow at times. I wanted to read it because it was written by Gertrude Barrows Bennett (aka Francis Stevens)who was known as one of the first major female writers of science fiction and fantasy. And the book is said to be the first book written about alternate worlds.

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