Early Sci-fi?

Sci Fi booksThinking early science fiction and you would probably imagine Jules Verne, HG Wells, and other greats of the 19th century, or perhaps even as recent as the golden age of sci-fi from 1938-1950’s where the likes of Asimov and Clarke started their craft. However did you know that writer Cyrano De Bergerac wrote what can be considered science fiction in the 17th century with his books “The Other World: The Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon” and “The Comical History of the States and the Empires of the Sun”? However, the earliest acknowledged work of science fiction dates from 1634 when Johannes Kepler wrote “Somnium” – a story of a man who is transported to the moon and his observation of Earth from there. This story supported the Copernican theory that the Earth was a moving body and not the centre of the Universe.

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