|Original title||La Guerre du feu|
|Illustrator||J. O. Bercher|
|Genre||Historical, Prehistoric fiction, Adventure novel, Fantasy|
|Publisher||Pantheon Books (US)|
Published in English
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback)|
|ISBN||0-14-006434-6 (UK Eng. trans.) & ISBN 0-345-30067-X (US Eng. trans.)|
The Quest for Fire (French: La Guerre du feu, literally The War for Fire) is a 1911 Belgian fantasy novel by "J.-H. Rosny", the pseudonym of two brothers; the author was actually the elder of the two, Joseph Henri Honoré Boex (1856–1940). It was first published in English in an abridged edition in 1967.
The Quest for Fire takes place in 100,000 BC in Europe. The fauna of this period is omnipresent, including mammoths, cave lions, aurochs, cave bears, saber-toothed cats, giant elks and saiga antelopes. Several humanoid ethnicities live alongside animals: the Ulams (Neandertal-like hunters-gatherers who worship the fire and are able to ally themselves with beasts), the Wahs (people without shoulders from marshes), the Blue-Haired Men (huge four-handed simians with a bluish fur), the Men-Eaters (bestial cannibals) and the Red Dwarfs (extremely warmongering and xenophobic pygmies).
- According to the dust jacket of a 1967 edition  it was the older brother of the Rosny brothers who was author.
- "The Quest for Fire: A Novel of Prehistoric Times (review)". Kirkus Reviews. April 1, 1967. Retrieved 13 October 2020.