Science Fiction History: 1705 Robinson Crusoe in Space?
About the Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe who tried his hand at sci-fi in 1705 with Consolidator.
--1705. In London, the son of a Huguenot refugee, failing in the hosiery business, tried his hand at writing a story. Called Consolidator: or, Transactions from the World in the Moon, it failed, despite its space-traveling machine, to capture the popular imagination. The author, whose 1st name was Daniel, changed his last name from Foe to Defoe, and had subsequent success with his Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.