Trips to the Moon

Trips to the Moon

Book - 2007
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A satirical view of History, where 'True History' is, as the author himself acknowledges, a collection of ingenious lies,
Publisher: Teddington, Middlesex : Echo Library, 2007
ISBN: 9781406861808
Branch Call Number: 888 L937t 2007
Characteristics: 99 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Francklin, Thomas 1721-1784


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This volume includes the highly imaginative "A True History," which is often called the first science fiction and is the first fictional account of extraterrestrial life. (125–180 A.D.)

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Jun 23, 2012

Lucian of Samosata was a Syrian-Greek satirical writer responsible for the first fictional accounts of extraterrestrial life. This volume includes the highly imaginative A True History, which is often called the first science fiction. The way that the ship is lifted up by a giant waterspout and deposited on the moon is likely to have inspired Swift's account of the island of Laputa in Gulliver's Travel. Cyrano de Bergerac's A Voyage to the Moon was perhaps suggested by Lucian's work. Voltaire's El Dorado in Candide may have come from the golden Island of the Blessed. Showing his purpose in writing this fiction, Lucien says in his preface: "I give my readers warning, therefore, not to believe me." His real purpose is shown in the Instructions for Writing History, also in this volume, where he calls for the writing of real history based on evidence, not the flights of fancy that he satirizes so well in A True History. Finally also in this very short volume is the Icaro-Menippus: A Dialogue that has another trip to the moon but is really a satire against the philosophers.


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