Moon in fiction


The Moon has been a setting in fiction since at least the works of the ancient Greek writers Antonius Diogenes and Lucian of Samosata; the former's Of the Wonderful Things Beyond Thule has been lost and the latter's True History from the second century CE is a satire of fanciful travellers' tales.[1][2] It was not until Johannes Kepler's novel Somnium was posthumously released in 1634 that the subject of travelling to the Moon was given a serious treatment in fiction.[1][2][3] Across the centuries that followed, numerous authors penned serious or satirical works depicting voyages to the Moon, including Cyrano de Bergerac's novel Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon which was posthumously released in 1657, Daniel Defoe's 1705 novel The Consolidator, Edgar Allan Poe's 1835 short story "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall", Jules Verne's 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, and H. G. Wells' 1901 novel The First Men in the Moon.[1][4] The first science fiction film, Georges Méliès' Le voyage dans la lune from 1902, depicts a lunar voyage.[2][4]

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  1. ^ a b c Stableford, Brian M. (2006). "Moon, The". Science Fact and Science Fiction: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. pp. 310–313. ISBN 978-0-415-97460-8.
  2. ^ a b c Altner, Patricia (2005). Westfahl, Gary (ed.). The Moon. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 535–537. ISBN 978-0-313-32952-4.
  3. ^ Westfahl, Gary (2021-07-19). "The Moon". Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. pp. 456–458. ISBN 978-1-4408-6617-3.
  4. ^ a b Clute, John; Langford, David; Sleight, Graham (eds.). "Moon". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Retrieved 2021-09-28.

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