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Dulaure, Jacques-Antoine

Entry updated 9 August 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1755-1835) French architect, journalist and author of the anonymous Proto SF tale Le retour de mon pauvre oncle, ou Relation de son voyage dans la lune ["The Return of my Poor Uncle, or a Recounting of his Trip to the Moon"] (1784 chap; trans Brian Stableford as "My Poor Uncle's Return" in On the Brink of the World's End anth 2016) [for subtitles see Checklist below], whose physicist protagonist perhaps rather improbably travels to the Moon by inflating his own body with hydrogen, though he returns in a more fashionable form of Balloon. On the Moon he discovers a world much like ours, which is described in Satirical terms. The tale may be the first to respond imaginatively to the Montgolfier Brothers' demonstration the previous year of a hot-air balloon capable of carrying a payload. [JC]

Jacques-Antoine Dulaure

born Clermont-Ferrand, France: 3 December 1755

died Paris: 18 August 1835

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