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A Voyage to the Moon (1899)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  155 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Avide de liberté intellectuelle, hostile à toute autorité, il critique les preuves de l'immoralité de l'âme et de la Providence, combat la Création et les miracles, aboutit à une sorte de panthéisme naturaliste et, chemin faisant, donne la formule de l'aérostat, du parachute et du voyage vers la lune. (René Pintard)
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1657)
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Zadignose
"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 from the book just what the author may have actually thought, and I'm sure that is intentional. At times he's having us on. At other times, he's presenting some pretty radical ideas and reflections which
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Nathan Jerpe
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 electronic late seventeenth-century translation that comes with some great illustrations. This is the edition that I have read. It sometimes takes a little work to tease out the meaning (or the punchline
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Pierre E. Loignon
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 du soleil et je me demandais alors ce que le nom de Cyrano de Bergerac pouvait bien venir faire là jusqu’à ce que je réalise qu’il en était tout simplement l’auteur. Hé oui! Cyrano de Bergerac, ce person ...more
Dfordoom
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 was published posthumously in 1657.

Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) was an interesting figure in his own right. He was a successful playwright and a notorious duellist. He is said to have fought at least 1
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Al Bità
A delightful read. Bergerac uses the conceit of travelling to another world populated by sentient, intelligent beings, whose ideas of life and living are different from those on earth. Thus the author can 'legitimately' present alternative world-views, and present philosophical arguments for and against different conceptions. The book then becomes a sort of time-capsule of the times in which Bergerac lived, using the rather primitive (to our eyes) scientific ideas of the time (although to be hon ...more
Marina_f
Это невероятное происшествие исполнило мое сердце такой необычайной радостью, и я был так счастлив, что избежал верной гибели, что я имел наглость начать по этому поводу философствовать

В этой цитате вся книга. И мои общие впечатления более негативные, чем позитивные, а фраза «фактически, первая научная фантастика», которую встретила в рецензиях, очень удивила. Этой фантастики не более, чем 1%, а все остальное - философские разговоры или переживания главного героя, что философские разговоры не пр
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Rhys
This novel was very entertaining in parts but rather dull in others. Bearing in mind that it was published posthumously in 1657 it certainly stands out as a remarkable early example of highly imaginative and influential science fiction (or speculative fiction). But during some of the monologues on natural philosophy I found my attention wandering...

The best parts of the book are the various ingenious and absurd ways the author invents for travelling through space; the odd (to us) society, custom
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Chris
Remember the Bizarro world? It's a planet in the Superman comics called "Htrae," and everything there appears backwards, or skewed somehow, to us Earthlings (hold a mirror up to "Htrae" sometime). Bizarro Superman, for example, is a deformed, backward speaking man, not all that good at saving the world. There are peculiarities of the society, too--bonds meant to lose money, cops prided on their stupidity--which appear strange from our point of view.

What Cyrano De Bergerac does in A Voyage to th
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Czarny Pies
Nov 09, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Edmond de Rostand. Evidemment.
Recommended to Czarny by: Ceux de qui s'intéresse à l'histoire de la science fiction
Shelves: french-lit
Le genre de science-fiction est de nos jours dominés par les américaines. Les francais ont droit d'autre part d'etre fier du fait que le grand pionnier at été un des leurs.

'Les voyages dans la Lune' de Cyrano est comme le grain de moutarde de Saint Matthieu qui est plus petit que toutes les semences ; mais quand il a pris sa croissance, il est plus grand que les herbes et devient un arbre, de sorte que les oiseaux du ciel viennent et demeurent dans ses branches.
Diane Murray
Back in high school I did a translation project with a few sections of this book. It was incredibly hard to slog through the dense French philsosophising, but some of the things in this book are just plain incredible, mostly because it's so old and it's still hitting a lot of fascinating sci-fi stuff. I can tell there's a lot of social commentary, too, but need to read it again...

A very obscure book, but very much worth it. So much worth it that I'll post my (somewhat stilted) translation of som
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Wayne
Apr 20, 2009 Wayne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of argument, discussion, history and philosophy
Recommended to Wayne by: a gift from Alfonso
Shelves: french-classics
This was a very interesting read.
For one thing the author is better known as a character in an excellent play and movies - Cyrano de Bergerac (1619 - 1655).

And his science-fiction type story is firmly planted in the tradition of creating an alternative society so that one may all the better have a good stab at one's own. Bacon's earlier "The New Atlantis" published in 1624 and Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" are in this tradition.

Sometimes the language is difficult and the topics obscure, but happ
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Veronica
this book is by the real Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (cruel parents to name him that), and although i enjoyed it, the more i read, the crazier he seemed. i mean, in the play it was cute and funny, but in a real book written by an educated adult, it is slightly disturbing. i would not recomend this unless you have a knack for reading old english and lengthy sentences, though.
Anthony
bergerac goes to the moon 200 years before verne, and his travels are full of more learning, more poetry and more moon monkeys. i read this in an 18th century typeset which was fun but you do have to pause when you see a word that looks like "fmafh'd".
The Carrion Librarian
Apr 12, 2011 The Carrion Librarian rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to The Carrion Librarian by: Origins of Science Fiction in the Early Modern Period
Shelves: assigned-reading
Very humorous, though at times very heavy on the nitty-gritty of the philosophy.
Max
a wonderful book which i found after finding out that bergerac was a real person
Matt
Enjoyed this. A unique experience given by the sheer imaginative leaps made so long ago.
Alex
Sep 24, 2011 Alex marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
More proto-scifi. I suppose I should probably look for a version in English though.
Shanti Hofshi
Une belle fenêtre sur la science et la pensée philosophique du XVIe siècle.
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Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French dramatist and duelist. He is now best remembered for the works of fiction which have been woven, often very loosely, around his life story, most notably the 1897 play by Edmond Rostand. In these fictional works he is featured with an overly large nose; portraits suggest that he did have a big nose, though not nearly ...more
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Other Worlds Cirano di Bergerac L'altro mondo o Stati e Imperi della luna The Other World: The Societies and Governments of the Moon Les États Et Empires De La Lune Et Du Soleil ;Avec Le Fragment De Physique The Comical History of the States and Empires of the Worlds of the Moon and Sun Written in French by Cyrano Bergerac; And Newly Englished by A. Lovell

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