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Lumen

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Lumen was first published by Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) in 1872 as part of the Stories of Infinity collection. Flammarion was a well-known French astronomer, writer and highly successful popularizer of science during the late 19th century.

This famous novel, written in the form of a philosophical dialogue, features a cosmic spirit named Lumen who reveals the scientific
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Wesleyan (first published January 1st 1872)
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Amanda
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sort of Plato meets Olaf Stapleton - kind of fun and surprisingly entertaining.
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Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
QUICK SUMMARY:

A curious little work of proto sci-fi, perhaps more of historical interest than anything else.

DETAILED THOUGHTS:

Ostensibly a novel, “Lumen” readsa like a philosophical dialogue between two characters: Quaerens (a living human) and Lumen (Quaerens’ deceased friend who has returned in spirit form). In each of the book’s five “conversations,” Lumen shares with Quaerens (and the reader) a discovery about the universe that he has made since being freed from his corporeal limits.

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Dave
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
"Lumen" by Camille Flammarion is the third book in the Early Classics of Science Fiction series from Wesleyan University Press. First published as part of Flammarion's "Stories of Infinity" collection in 1872, Lumen is one of the first examples of science fiction exploring the different nature of alien life forms. Camille Flammarion was an Astronomer, who helped to popularize science. He was a founder of the Société Astronomique de France and the first president of that organization.

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Steve Joyce
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not as good as Fontenelle's similarly constructed two-person dialogue "Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds" nor even Flammarion's own "Omega: The Last Days of the World".

It certainly lacks the verve of "Conversations" and comes across way more stilted in comparison although it was written about 2 centuries later. Lumen tries to address a bit too much and attempts to hold it all together with a spiritualism (in the 19th century sense of the word) wrapper.

Just barely ekes out 4 stars here. I
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
I enjoyed immensely reading Mircea Eliade's autobiography, and through it I have come to hear about Camille Flammarion.
Evgeni Stoyanov
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As first science fiction this book is as well the best in imagination development!!!
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