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A Voyage to the Moon

Cyrano de Bergerac

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This is an edition by Professor Curtis Page of the Lovell translation of a seminal work of science fiction by Cyrano de Bergerac. Arguably a whimsical forerunner to the adventure stories of Jules Verne, and the French sci-fi tradition generally, it is a utopian novel of space travel complete with rocket powered flight and extra-terrestrial beings.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .That Studying one evening by Candle-light, he perceived Two tall old Men enter in through the door that was shut, who after many questions that he put to them, made him answer, That they were Inhabitants of the Moon, and thereupon immediately disappeared.

CYRANO IN HIS STUDY. — From a 17th Century Engraving

I was so surprised, not only to see a Book get thither of it self; but also because of the nicking of the Time so patly, and of the Page at which it lay upon, that I looked upon that Concatenation of Accidents as a Revelation, discovering to Mortals that the Moon is a World. "How!" said I to my self, having just now talked of a thing, can a Book, which perhaps is the only Book in the World that treats of that matter so particularly, fly down from the Shelf upon my Table; become capable of Reason, in opening so exactly at the place of so strange an adventure; force my Eyes in a manner to look upon it, and then to suggest. . . Read More

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"The ignorant man who thinks he's smart only because he has a diploma has to answer me."

This is a remarkable book that is very clever, entertaining, and thought provoking. Elsewhere, I have referred to it as "wise and foolish in equal measure, and thus great fun." It may be difficult to discern f...more

Lorsque je suis tombé sur ce bouquin, par hasard, dans une librairie d’occasion, j’ai d’abord cru qu’il s’agissait d’une édition particulièrement volumineuse de la pièce de Rostand. En y regardant de plus près, j’ai vu que le titre était plutôt L’autre monde ou les États et empires de la lune et...more

Αν και χαριτωμένο, ώρες-ώρες έδειχνε τη γηραλαιότητά του.

Lähes neljäsataa vuotta vanha esiscifistinen kertomus, joka absurdissa mielikuvituksellisuudessaan on kyllä enemmän fantasiaa kuin scifiä. Kuuhun matkaaminen on puhtaasti etäännyttävä kirjallinen keino, jonka ansiosta kaikkea maanpäällistä elämänmenoa voidaan tarkastella kriittisesti ja kaikki vo...more

I’m fascinated by very very early science fiction novels and one of the most important of these pioneering works is Cyrano de Bergerac’s Journey to the Moon (or to give it its proper title L'Autre Monde: où les États et Empires de la Lune (The Other World: The States and Empires of the Moon). It...more

Cyrano de Bergerac was a real person. He wrote poetry, plays, and books, as well as being the inspiration for Edmond Rostand's best known work, the play titled Cyrano de Bergerac.

In the fascinating introduction to A Voyage To The Moon, we learn more about Cyrano: he did serve in the Guards (an e...more

Cyrano de Bergerac, Samsatlı Lukianos'un öncülüğünü yaptığı fantastik yolculuk temalı bu kitabıyla, bilim-kurgunun ilk örneklerinden birini 17. yy'da ortaya koymuş. Aslında bu küçük kitapta birçok türün kesişimini görüyoruz: Teoloji, kuşkuculuk ve Rönesans okültizmini sentezleyen bir felsefi roma...more

"Ο άνθρωπος είναι ανώτερο από τα άλλα ζώα γιατί διαθέτει πνεύμα" και "Ο άνθρωπος είναι το μόνο σκεπτόμενο ον στο σύμπαν". Κάτι τέτοιες απόψεις άκουγε ο Συρανό ντε Μπερζεράκ και γελούσε ειρωνικά. Αν όλοι οι άνθρωποι διάβαζαν αυτό το βιβλίο θα καταλάβαιναν ότι είναι μάταιο να αντιληφθείς τον κόσμο...more

So... science fiction written before The Enlightenment; isn't that an oxymoron?

A Voyage to the Moon belongs on a shelf with Gulliver's Travels, Gargantua and Pantagruel, and Candide, but I suspect you'll have trouble finding the book in English, which is a shame. Fortunately Google Books has an...more

Wildly heretical.

Published posthumously, and probably for the best considering the content. Even with the liberal editing deletions by his friend prior to press. But remember that Gallileo was forced to recant his theories in 1633 and Voyage to the Moon was published 24 years laters, two years af...more

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