Science Fiction History: 150 A.D. Lucian Writes the First Sci-fi

About the first work of science fiction Icaromenippus by Lucian of Samosata written in 150 A.D.

--c. 150 A.D. Greek philosopher Lucian of Samosata wrote Icaromenippus and the True History, the earliest books describing voyages to other worlds. In the 1st book, Menippus took a wing of an eagle and one of a vulture and flew from Mount Olympus to the moon, which was inhabited by spirits. Having confirmed that the earth is round, he flew to the sun. But this was too bold; the gods confiscated his wings and sent him home. In the True History, a ship exploring the Atlantic was carried by a waterspout into the air and by winds to the moon. Its crew found the Moon-King at war with the Sun-King; which would rule the planet Jupiter? After lunar adventures with salad-wings (birds, covered with herbs), archers riding huge fleas, and people with artificial genitals, the earthmen sailed safely back.

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