The Man in the Moone
by Francis Godwin
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.