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Star (Psi Cassiopeia)

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Eleven years before Jules Verne took his readers to the Moon, 40 years before Wells devised the Time Machine, nearly a century before Tolkien published Lord Of The Rings, Charles Defontenay wrote the imaginary history of an entire star system located in the far off constellation of Cassiopeia. Long before science fiction writers dreamed of interstellar travels, alien races ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Hollywood Comics (first published 1854)
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Jim
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen this 1854 novel described as a 'forgotten classic' of French science-fiction. I think it may be more accurately described as an 'intriguing curiosity'.

The introduction consists of a series of poems describing how the narrator acquired a set of writings from a planet orbiting the star Psi Cassiopeia. What follows are ostensibly translations of those texts, which recount the history of the planet (whose name, curiously, is “Star”) and its people (called “Starrians”). Extensive attention
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Travis
This translated French book basically gives us the history of the fictional alien world 'Star'.
Amazingly, it was written in the mid-1700s, but feels like a contempary of Verne and Wells.

It's not really a novel, more of a history book of a fictional place, so it does get a bit dry when presenting its facts.
Luckily, the facts are interesting enough and the author has created such a well thought out world that you are willing to forgive the occasional boring part. There is a geography of the
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Frederick  Lopez
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a world bathed in the light of five suns, where shrubs fly like birds and nuts swing from trees like pendulums. In the nineteenth century the French surgeon Charlemagne Ischir Defontenay did just that. Using the conceit of a fictional collection of alien documents found in the Himalayas, Defontenay traces an intricate history of a distant solar system across millenia, through the rise of nations, the development of space-faring technology, first contact between exotic worlds and the ...more
Maxwell Pearl
It's a very odd book, but interesting for it's time.
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Charlemagne Ischir Defontenay, né en 18141 et mort en 1856, était un écrivain et chirurgien français.

Bachelier en lettres en 1839 et en sciences en 1841, il devint médecin à Saint-Germain en Laye puis aux Andelys, et à Les Thilliers-en-Vexin. Chirurgien réputé, il est souvent considéré comme un des pionniers de la chirurgie plastique. Il écrivit à ce propos des essais sous le pseudonyme de « Dr
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