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Post Posted:: March 18th, 2015, 6:18 am 

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Below is a list of science fiction, proto-science fiction, and fantasy with strong science fiction elements of all types that I think is worth your time/ should get recorded. :D If you have any more suggestions or would like to pick up one, PM or reply to the thread so I can add/remove it.

- The Mummy and Miss Nitocris: A Phantasy of the Fourth Dimension by George Chetwynd Griffith - 1906
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19231

- The World Masters by George Chetwynd Griffith - 1903
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/38028

The World Peril of 1910 by George Chetwynd Griffith - 1907
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24764

The Angel of the Revolution: A Tale of the Coming Terror by George Chetwynd Griffith - 1893
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Angel_of_the_Revolution
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31324

- The Gravity Business by James E. Gunn (1923 - floreat 2015) from Galaxy January 1956

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49897
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_E._Gunn_%28writer%29
- Taken

- Memoirs of the Twentieth Century is an early work of speculative fiction written by Irish writer Samuel Madden. Written in 1733, it takes the form of a series of diplomatic letters written in 1997 and 1998 - 1733
http://books.google.com/books/about/Memoirs_of_the_twentieth_century_by_S_Ma.html?id=T6QOAAAAQAAJ
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_of_the_Twentieth_Century

- LA LÉGENDE DES SIÈCLES, Or The Legend of the Ages by Victor Hugo
A sci-fi epic poem by Victor Hugo about the development of man.
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8775/8775-h/8775-h.htm#link2H_4_0133
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_L%C3%A9gende_des_si%C3%A8cles

- The Brick Moon by Edward Everett Hale (a short work of speculative fiction containing the first known depiction of an artificial satellite) - 1869
http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/1633
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Brick_Moon

- True History by Lucian ( the earliest known fiction about travelling to outer space, alien life-forms and interplanetary warfare. Written in the 2nd century, the novel has been referred to as "the first known text that could be called science fiction". The work was intended by Lucian as a satire against contemporary and ancient sources, which quote fantastic and mythical events as truth.) - 2nd
century
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/45858/45858-h/45858-h.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_History

- With the Night Mail by Rudyard Kipling (an exploration of what he thinks life might be like in the year 2000. Largely it's an exploration about how new technologies such as air flight and radio may affect people once they have become common. This means that scientifically it's more interesting as a view on what people expected than the technology itself) - 1909
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29135/29135-h/29135-h.htm

- A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells (Altruria, a utopian world that combined the foundations of Christianity and the U.S. Constitution to produce an “ethical socialism” by which society was guided) - 1894
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8449

AND

- Through the Eye of The Needle, its sequel
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8295/8295-h/8295-h.htm

- A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future by John Jacob Astor (author died on the Titanic!)
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1607

- Cæsar's Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century by Ignatius Donnelly
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5155
Summary and historical significance: http://www.sacred-texts.com/utopia/cc/index.htm

~NEW~


The Man Who Rocked the Earth by Arthur Cheney Train and Robert Williams Wood
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19174

Science fiction written by a physicist.

The Dwindling Years by Lester Del Rey
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50103

Doomsday Eve by Robert Moore Williams
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50138

Space Station 1 by Frank Belknap Long
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50290

His Wisdom, the Defender by Simon Newcomb
https://archive.org/details/hiswisdomdefende00newcrich

A Man Obsessed by Alan Edward Nourse (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49531)

The Discovery of a World in the Moone by John Wilkins (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19103)

The Monster by S. M. Tenneshaw (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24913) More SF by a scientist.

The Man Who Ended War by Hollis Godfrey (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49848)


The Conquest of the Moon: A Story of the Bayouda (by the British Empire!) (http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008611866) by Paschal Grousset 1889

From Wikipedia: One of Grousset's most interesting science fiction novels was Les Exilés de la Terre — Selene-Company Limited* (1887), probably one of the most fanciful cosmic tales of all times. In it, a consortium which intends to exploit the Moon’s mineral resources decides that, since our satellite is too far to be reached, it must be brought closer to the Earth. A Sudanese mountain composed of pure iron ore becomes the headquarters of the newly established Selene Company. Solar reflectors are used to provide the energy required to convert the mountain into a huge electro-magnet, with miles of cables wrapped around it. A spaceship-cum-observatory is then built on top of the mountain. When the experiment begins, the mountain is ripped away from the Earth and catapulted to the Moon. There, the protagonists have various adventures and eventually return to Earth by re-energizing the mountain.

* my footnote: published in English as The Conquest of the Moon

More on the author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_Grousset

Fifteen Hundred Miles An Hour by Charles Dixon, published in 1895. The identity of the author seems unclear. Both the British Library and University of Oxford seem to think it is Charles Dixon (1858 - 1926) the British ornithologist. This seems a bit unlikely, as his whole life seems to be about birds, but who knows?

This novel purports to be from the manuscripts of a Dr. Hermann, a member of the Royal, the Astronomical, and the Geographical Societies, who disappeared mysteriously and was never seen again.

Quote:
First, as to my means of conveyance. I have here a design for an air carriage, propelled by electricity, capable of being steered in any direction, and of attaining the stupendous speed of fifteen hundred miles per hour. It can be made large enough to afford all necessary accommodation for at least six persons, and its attendant apparatus is capable of administering to their every requirement. Here is a model of the machine.


And off he and his companions go... to Mars! (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49713)

The Machine That Floats by Joe Gibson (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49693)

This list: http://thethunderchild.com/Books/OutofCopyright.html
is a great list of PD sci-fi on US Gutenberg.


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- [PLAY] The Blue Flame by George V. Hobart and John Willard (The main character is a religious young woman who dies and is revived as a soulless femme fatale) - 1920
Cannot find a public domain text.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blue_Flame_(play)

- Theologus Autodidactus by Ibn al-Nafis (This work is one of the first Arabic novels, may be considered an early example of a science fiction novel, and an early example of a coming of age tale and a desert island story.)
Cannot find a public domain text.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theologus_Autodidactus



Will continue adding as I find more. :D

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Post Posted:: March 19th, 2015, 5:13 am 

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Here's something I read a few years ago, "A Honeymoon in Space," in which an English lord and his American bride visit the planets of our solar system, encountering the inhabitants of each world. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19476

The author's page lists a few other books I am not familiar with, including "The Mummy and Miss Nitocris: A Phantasy of the Fourth Dimension," http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19231


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Post Posted:: March 19th, 2015, 8:04 am 

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I've updated the list, thank you. :)

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Post Posted:: March 24th, 2015, 6:20 pm 

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Thanks for doing this. Right in my wheelhouse.

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Post Posted:: March 25th, 2015, 5:22 am 

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No problem! I hope some are picked up! :)

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Post Posted:: March 25th, 2015, 7:45 pm 

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Adopted A Columbus of Space.

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Post Posted:: March 25th, 2015, 7:54 pm 

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Yay! :)

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Post Posted:: March 26th, 2015, 5:57 pm 
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edhumpal wrote:
Here's something I read a few years ago, "A Honeymoon in Space," in which an English lord and his American bride visit the planets of our solar system, encountering the inhabitants of each world. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19476

The author's page lists a few other books I am not familiar with, including "The Mummy and Miss Nitocris: A Phantasy of the Fourth Dimension," http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19231



I think I am going to set up A Honeymoon in Space later tonight, just because I want to listen to it! That one sounds like fun!

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Post Posted:: March 26th, 2015, 6:32 pm 

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Alright! :D Yay! I'll keep it on the list til you pitch.

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Post Posted:: March 26th, 2015, 8:34 pm 
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As promised, A Honeymoon in Space! viewtopic.php?p=1107839#p1107839 We are ready for take-off!

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Post Posted:: March 27th, 2015, 7:47 am 
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I have taken a look at Urashima Taro and I'm not sure it should be classified as sci-fi. Sounds to me more like a version of Rip van Winkle... :wink:

It is nice to read though, the whole book is, if somebody wants to set it up! :thumbs:

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Post Posted:: March 27th, 2015, 10:19 am 

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Availle wrote:
I have taken a look at Urashima Taro and I'm not sure it should be classified as sci-fi. Sounds to me more like a version of Rip van Winkle... :wink:

It is nice to read though, the whole book is, if somebody wants to set it up! :thumbs:


It's a "proto-scifi," mostly because literature scholars consider it one of the earliest stories with sci-fi-like elements (think on The Story of Princess Kaguya, which is considered in the same elements, where some scholars think the moon kingdom refers to aliens instead of a religious or folk tale connotation. :)

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Post Posted:: March 27th, 2015, 2:11 pm 
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I thought that it wasn't at first but then I thought - city under the sea , time slowed down.
Non human species. I suppose there is not attempt to explain it "scientifically" but the line between SciFi and Fantasy is often smudged in modern works. I've seen the "Pern" series described as Fantasy but to me it has a strong scientific basis - more than we can do now but a possible/probable extension of current knowledge.

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added I knew I had read it before. We had this book highly battered and much read by my older siblings and me in my youth https://librivox.org/japanese-fairy-tales-by-yei-theodora-ozaki/ so we do have a version here :D

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Post Posted:: March 30th, 2015, 2:40 pm 

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Once I complete Columbus of Space, I plan to do The Angel of the Revolution: A Tale of the Coming Terror, also as a solo. It's long-ish, but so far it's been a good read.

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Post Posted:: March 30th, 2015, 8:30 pm 

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Alright, thank you guys! :)

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