A VOYAGE TO THE MOON ... By Joseph Atterley [pseudonym]. George Tucker, "Joseph Atterley."

A VOYAGE TO THE MOON ... By Joseph Atterley [pseudonym] ...

Boston: Gregg Press, 1975. Octavo, cloth. Later edition. Text offset from that of the 1827 Elam Bliss edition published under the pseudonym Joseph Atterley. 250 copies printed. New preface by David G. Hartwell. The earliest interplanetary novel by a native American to use mechanical means for space travel. Chiefly a satirical story, reminiscent of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, in which the hero and a companion travel to the moon in a space vehicle coated with an antigravity metal where they observe several Lunarian societies. According to Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, "Tucker's most significant advancement of science fiction came when he introduced into the text for their own sake discussions of current scientific theories ..." A VOYAGE TO THE MOON can thus be seen as a basic work out of which American science fiction developed in the nineteenth century. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-4. Bailey, Pilgrims Through Space and Time, p. 45. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 91. Locke, Voyages in Space 29. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 189. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1112. Joel Nydahl, "Early Fictional Futures: Utopia, 1798-1864," Kenneth M. Roemer (ed.), America as Utopia (1981), p. 291. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 40. Bleiler (1978), p. 12. Reginald 00620. A fine copy without dust jacket as issued. (15117). Item #15117

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