The Man in the Moone

by Francis Godwin

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Written in the late 1620s and published posthumously in 1638 under the pseudonym Domingo Gonsales, The Man in the Moone is the story of a fantastic voyage. The prologue explains how a voyage to the Moon seems no more fantastic than a voyage to America had seemed. The tale consists of a number of travel narratives from Spain to China, including a journey to the Moon with the aid of large swan-like birds called "Gansas". Godwin's astronomical theories were influenced by Galileo Galilei's Sidereus Nuncius and by Kepler's Somnium.

The book's genre is uncertain. It is in some sense a utopian fantasy, a picaresque adventure, and one of the first works of science fiction.

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