Science Fiction History: 1659 Cyrano de Bergerac Visits the Sun

About Cyrano de Bergerac's second sci-fi work Voyage to the Sun written in 1659.

--1659. This time, in his Voyage to the Sun, Cyrano traveled in a "large, very light Box . . . shut tight and close . . . 6' high . . . 3' Square," and fixed up with an elaborate arrangement of hollow crystal. The sun soon exhausted the air in this crystal, and, as "Nature abhors Vacuity," he was drawn up and away, "22 Months [journey] to the great plains of Day. . . ." Here, amid "flakes of burning Snow," and intelligent human-hating birds, the story, alas, ended.

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