This early and brilliant effort to export the topic of extra-sensory perception out of folklore and occult romances and import it into science fiction was first published in 1927 - by Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press.When Hilda, a beautiful young member of England's cynical postwar generation, meets Michael, a hapless mutant capable of perceiving the molecular composition of objects and the ever-shifting patterns of electromagnetic fields, she becomes his apostle. However, her efforts to convince others of the prodigy's unique importance end disastrously; and Michael himself is slowly destroyed — mentally and physically — by his uncanny gift. In the end, Hilda must decide whether she is willing and able to make a supreme sacrifice for the sake of humankind's future. This early and brilliant effort to export the topic of extra-sensory perception out of folklore and occult romances and import it into science fiction was first published in 1927 by Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press.
Muriel Jaeger (1892-1969) was a British historian and social critic, and the author of 'Before Victoria.' Her science fiction books include 'The Question Mark,' an ambiguous utopia that likely influenced Aldous Huxley; 'Hermes Speaks;' and 'Retreat From Armageddon.' Mark Kingwell is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is author or co-author of 17 books of political, cultural, and aesthetic theory, including 'Better Living, The World We Want, Concrete Reveries,' and 'Glenn Gould.' Kingwell's most recent book, 'Unruly Voices,' is a collection of essays on politics. He lives in Toronto.