The Scientific Romances series presents hard-to-find works of early science fiction. The timeframe extends from the publication of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley until the publication of the first dedicated science fiction magazines in the early 20th century. In a time before science fiction got its name, let alone its common motifs and clichés, various authors experimented with ideas of the future producing highly imaginative works.

This an era of celebrated authors, like Poe, Verne and Wells, but also of countless other works now mostly forgotten. This is the childhood of science fiction, an era of intense experimentation and play. This is also the era of the real steampunk. A century before the invention of the term, the real Victorians were dreaming of a world of airships, steam high-tech, wars, adventures and romance.