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]
born Clermont-Ferrand, France: 3 December 1755
died Paris: 18 August 1835
works (highly selected)
- Le retour de mon pauvre oncle, ou Relation de son voyage dans la lune ["The Return of my Poor Uncle, or Recounting of his Trip to the Moon"] (Paris: Le Jay, 1784) anonymous [chap: binding unknown/]
- "My Poor Uncle's Return: The Story of his Voyage to the Moon" in On the Brink of the World's End and Other French Scientific Romances (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2016) [anth: trans by Brian Stableford of the above: pb/Yvan Villeneuve]
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