Entry updated 9 August 2021. Tagged: Author.
Attributed pseudonym of French author Daniel Jost de Villeneuve, whose full name may have been Daniel Jost de Villeneuve de Listonai (17??-17??); his Proto SF tale, Le Voyageur Philosophe dans un Pays Inconnu aux Inhabitants de la Terre (1761 2vols; trans Brian Stableford as The Philosophic Voyager in an Island Unknown to the Inhabitants of Earth 2015), carries its protagonist by space ship to the Moon, where he discovers a Utopia run on strictly rational lines from the City of Selenopolis. The space travel is described with some sophistication; and an Enlightenment view of Progress to come is promulgated with considerable verve. [JC]
Daniel Jost de Villeneuve
- Le Voyageur Philosophe dans un Pays Inconnu aux Inhabitants de la Terre (Amsterdam, Netherlands: Depens de l'Editeur, 1761) [published in two volumes: binding unknown/]
- The Philosophic Voyager in an Island Unknown to the Inhabitants of Earth (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2015) [trans by Brian Stableford of the above: pb/Mandy]
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