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Book Title: Other Worlds|
Date of issue: June 1976
ISBN 13: 9780450029950
The author of the book: Cyrano de Bergerac
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 32.71 MB
Edition: New English Library
Read full description of the books Other Worlds:Who knew that Cyrano de Bergerac wrote science fiction? I was impressed by his propulsion systems based on the science of the day-- bottles filled with dew that naturally ascended in the morning towards the sun, a chariot with a powerful magnet chained to an iron ball that the driver had to keep tossing up in the air, firework rockets. I also liked his monetary system based on poetry, and his mobile cities, that move on sails unfurled from each home. The music-box recorded books are a nice touch, too.
Of course it's all satire, but one gets the impression he has thought about it a little more than Voltaire, who was just going for the laughs in Candide.
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Read information about the authorSavinien Cyrano de Bergerac, French satirist, and dramatist whose works combining political satire and science-fantasy inspired a number of later writers. He has been the basis of many romantic but unhistorical legends, of which the best known is Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac (1897), in which he is portrayed as a gallant and brilliant but shy and ugly lover, possessed (as in fact he was) of a remarkably large nose.
As a young man, Cyrano joined the company of guards and was wounded at the Siege of Arras in 1640. But he gave up his military career in the following year to study under the philosopher and mathematician Pierre Gassendi. Under the influence of Gassendi’s scientific theories and libertine philosophy, Cyrano wrote his two best known works, Histoire comique des états et empires de la lune and Histoire comique des états et empires du soleil (Eng. trans. A Voyage to the moon: with some account of the Solar World, 1754). These stories of imaginary journeys to the Moon and Sun, published posthumously in 1656 and 1662, satirize 17th-century religious and astronomical beliefs, which saw man and the world as the centre of creation.
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