Who: The Man in the Moone by Francis Godwin. Side note: This book is claimed as the first piece of English science fiction, published in 1638.
What: “A Spaniard who flies to the moon by geese power and encounters an advanced lunar civilization”
When: Assigned in my Literature and Technology class, we’re going over all sorts of books that are not only about literature and technology, but the promise and perils of technology – which is somehow within the realm of utopia.
Where: Writted in the 1600’s in England, it was rough to get through. I should have seen it coming with the way Godwin spells Moone in the title, but I figured it was a play on words with a characters sir name and the moon. But no, I was way off. The entire book is word after misspelled word and sentence after grammatically incorrect sentence.
Why: I liked this book. I honestly have no idea why! The story is so random. There’s a midget who’s exiled for a reason I totally missed, sits on an island to later train some swans to fly him away, he gets away onto a ship that’s later attacked, then flies away to an island, where again he’s later attacked, then flies off with his swans leading the way to the moon. There he meets (what he describes) a tall and Christian, carefree society. Basically a utopia in the time of Queen Elizabeth’s English conflict between Catholics and Protestants.
I think my favorite part of the book was that I was surprised the Lunars (aliens) were described as aliens at all, but just regular people living on the moon. If I was expecting anything from a science fiction novel it would be a planet full of a society that looks like Roger from American Dad. Or Transformers, that would’ve been cool too. In the end, I like the story but hated the book. The book would have been so much better had I been able to read it without having to go back and reread every sentence because all of the incorrect spelling/grammatical mistakes were throwing me off.