Francis Godwin The Man in the Moone

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The Man in the Moone

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Perhaps the first science fiction tale written in the English language, "The Man in the Moone, " written by Francis Godwin, was an influential work first published in 1638. In this fanciful tale the narrator, Domingo Gonsales, tells how he used a flock of birds to take him to the Moon. Here he discovers that the citizens of the Moon are Christians who live in a Utopian paradise. In this version, edited for Firestone Books, the spelling and punctuation have been modernized, and some minor amendments have been made. A useful glossary explaining archaic and obscure words is also included.

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"William Poole's edition of The Man in the Moone offers a scholarly, accessible, and thoroughly contextualized presentation of this under-appreciated science fiction classic. First published in 1638 and influential for more than a century, The Man in the Moone absorbed a variety of literary, historical, religious, and scientific traditions. It playfully blends the new cosmological lore of the scientific revolution and the new geographical knowledge of the age of discovery with the artful fancy of an inventive imagination. This authoritative edition, with well chosen notes and appendices, presents the Bishop of Hereford's fancy as the founding text of English science fiction."--David Cressy

"A remarkable tale of lunar travel and utopian vision, The Man in the Moone was written by an English bishop sometime around 1630. Drawing on the latest news of travel and warfare from the Atlantic to China and on the latest theories in magnetism, astronomy, and navigation, the story offers an unparalleled window onto its intellectual and cultural world. It also had an impressive afterlife, inspiring celebrated works on imaginative travel and comic satire, earning a mention on some lunar maps, and inspiring writers such as Verne and Wells. This splendid edition by William Poole offers newly authoritative commentary with indispensable annotations on the novel's sources and significance. Poole's cleverly chosen appendices add rich materials from contemporary and subsequent texts."--Simon Schaffer

“A remarkable tale of lunar travel and utopian vision, The Man in the Moone was written by an English bishop sometime around 1630. Drawing on the latest news of travel and warfare from the Atlantic to China and on the latest theories in magnetism, astronomy, and navigation, the story offers an unparalleled window onto its intellectual and cultural world. It also had an impressive afterlife, inspiring celebrated works on imaginative travel and comic satire, earning a mention on some lunar maps, and inspiring writers such as Verne and Wells. This splendid edition by William Poole offers newly authoritative commentary with indispensable annotations on the novel’s sources and significance. Poole’s cleverly chosen appendices add rich materials from contemporary and subsequent texts.” — Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge

“William Poole’s edition of The Man in the Moone offers a scholarly, accessible, and thoroughly contextualized presentation of this under-appreciated science fiction classic. First published in 1638 and influential for more than a century, The Man in the Moone absorbed a variety of literary, historical, religious, and scientific traditions. It playfully blends the new cosmological lore of the scientific revolution and the new geographical knowledge of the age of discovery with the artful fancy of an inventive imagination. This authoritative edition, with well chosen notes and appendices, presents the Bishop of Hereford’s fancy as the founding text of English science fiction.” — David Cressy, The Ohio State University

“Poole’s footnotes throughout are detailed and insightful, pointing the reader to Godwin’s source material and to appropriate scholarship. The introduction, footnotes, and bibliography engage the history of science, politics, literature, and many other fields. As such, this scholarly edition lends itself to use in courses and to scholarly work in a number of arenas. For scholars of [science fiction], this book will help further the ongoing investigation of [science fiction]’s colonial origins and narrative structures. It will also stir the old debate about when [science fiction] began and what textual elements qualify a text to be labeled as [science fiction].” — Patrick B. Sharp, Science Fiction Studies (July 2011)

"A remarkable tale of lunar travel and utopian vision, The Man in the Moone was written by an English bishop sometime around 1630. Drawing on the latest news of travel and warfare from the Atlantic to China and on the latest theories in magnetism, astronomy, and navigation, the story offers an unparalleled window onto its intellectual and cultural world. It also had an impressive afterlife, inspiring celebrated works on imaginative travel and comic satire, earning a mention on some lunar maps, and inspiring writers such as Verne and Wells. This splendid edition by William Poole offers newly authoritative commentary with indispensable annotations on the novel's sources and significance. Poole's cleverly chosen appendices add rich materials from contemporary and subsequent texts." -- Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge

"William Poole's edition of The Man in the Moone offers a scholarly, accessible, and thoroughly contextualized presentation of this under-appreciated science fiction classic. First published in 1638 and influential for more than a century, The Man in the Moone absorbed a variety of literary, historical, religious, and scientific traditions. It playfully blends the new cosmological lore of the scientific revolution and the new geographical knowledge of the age of discovery with the artful fancy of an inventive imagination. This authoritative edition, with well chosen notes and appendices, presents the Bishop of Hereford's fancy as the founding text of English science fiction." -- David Cressy, The Ohio State University

"Poole's footnotes throughout are detailed and insightful, pointing the reader to Godwin's source material and to appropriate scholarship. The introduction, footnotes, and bibliography engage the history of science, politics, literature, and many other fields. As such, this scholarly edition lends itself to use in courses and to scholarly work in a number of arenas. For scholars of [science fiction], this book will help further the ongoing investigation of [science fiction]'s colonial origins and narrative structures. It will also stir the old debate about when [science fiction] began and what textual elements qualify a text to be labeled as [science fiction]." -- Patrick B. Sharp, Science Fiction Studies (July 2011)

"A remarkable tale of lunar travel and utopian vision, The Man in the Moone was written by an English bishop sometime around 1630. Drawing on the latest news of travel and warfare from the Atlantic to China and on the latest theories in magnetism, astronomy, and navigation, the story offers an unparalleled window onto its intellectual and cultural world. It also had an impressive afterlife, inspiring celebrated works on imaginative travel and comic satire, earning a mention on some lunar maps, and inspiring writers such as Verne and Wells. This splendid edition by William Poole offers newly authoritative commentary with indispensable annotations on the novel's sources and significance. Poole's cleverly chosen appendices add rich materials from contemporary and subsequent texts." -- Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge

"William Poole's edition of The Man in the Moone offers a scholarly, accessible, and thoroughly contextualized presentation of this under-appreciated science fiction classic. First published in 1638 and influential for more than a century, The Man in the Moone absorbed a variety of literary, historical, religious, and scientific traditions. It playfully blends the new cosmological lore of the scientific revolution and the new geographical knowledge of the age of discovery with the artful fancy of an inventive imagination. This authoritative edition, with well chosen notes and appendices, presents the Bishop of Hereford's fancy as the founding text of English science fiction." -- David Cressy, The Ohio State University

"Poole's footnotes throughout are detailed and insightful, pointing the reader to Godwin's source material and to appropriate scholarship. The introduction, footnotes, and bibliography engage the history of science, politics, literature, and many other fields. As such, this scholarly edition lends itself to use in courses and to scholarly work in a number of arenas. For scholars of [science fiction], this book will help further the ongoing investigation of [science fiction]'s colonial origins and narrative structures. It will also stir the old debate about when [science fiction] began and what textual elements qualify a text to be labeled as [science fiction]." -- Patrick B. Sharp, Science Fiction Studies (July 2011)

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The story of a 17th century traveller to the moon!
A science fiction story that predates Jules Verne by some two centuries and, despite Godwin¹s appreciation of gravitational theory, the birth of Newton by at least ten years. A Spaniard, set ashore on St Helena to recuperate, trains the tame wildlife to lift loads with a series of pulleys. He uses a white signal to encourage the birds to rise and, after a few adventures en route, he is whisked off to the ultimate white signal‹the Moon. A modern introduction sets Godwin¹s scientific views against the knowledge of the age, and also considers the wider implications of the book which may have been both a cover for scientific debate as well as a political call for greater seaborne exploration. It might also have inspired Swift as the two families were related.This is one of the earliest science fiction stories written, yet has very advanced views on gravity and the Solar System and is also entangled with the Geographer Richard Hakluytt and his campaign for greater (terrestrial!) English exploration in the late 1500¹s. An intriguing mix.It was written by Francis Godwin, Bishop of Hereford from 1617 to 1633, probably when he was bishop, and tells of a journey made to the Moon in a machine powered by large birds each attached to a pulley. One of the bishop¹s daughters appears to have married into the Swift family of Goodrich, some 15 miles from Hereford, and a Godwin Swift was the uncle of the author and satirist Jonathan Swift. It is therefore quite likely that the young Jonathan¹s reading included The Man in the Moone and one wonders how this stimulated Gulliver¹s Travels. It is certainly believed that other writers were influenced by Godwin¹s book, notably Cyrano de Bergerac and John Wilkins, one of the founders of the Royal Society.Clearly Godwin had advanced views of the Solar System and the effect of gravity. His theory of the stars relates to those of Copernicus and Tycho Brahe even if he was confused over the size of the stars; his theories on gravity show a comprehension of the weightlessness that would occur between the Earth and the Moon, of the different force of gravity on the Moon and of the problems of re-entry into the earth¹s atmosphere. His writing of the terrestrial part of the story appears to indicate close connections with Richard Hakluytt (who came from a family from near Leominster, north of Hereford), and with whom he joined in advocating greater English exploration. Whilst Hakluytt said so directly, Godwin makes his point by focussing on St Helena, an island then only recently used by English ships but which would clearly act as a useful base in the Atlantic. Cavendish, the first Englishman after Drake to circumnavigate the Globe, landed at St Helena on his way home, becoming the very first Englishman so to do. It appears that some of his crew came from Herefordshire, yet others subsequently settled in Herefordshire and presumably this is how the bishop came to know so much about the island.

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