The New Moon

Four French fantastic voyages by Anonymous, Henri Delmotte, Alexis-Jean Le Bret & Edmé Rousseau
adapted by Brian Stableford

cover by Jean-Felix Lyon

The New Moon (1770) follows in the footsteps of Cyrano de Bergerac's History of the States and Empires of the Moon, describing the epic journey of a lunar native, which takes him on a tour of the nations of the Moon, ending on the island of Eutoquia, the fictional equivalent of Utopia.

A Journey from the Arctic Pole to the Antarctic Pole via the Center of the Earth (1721) describes a extravagant journey from one pole of the Earth to the other via its center.

A Voyage to Paraguay-Roux (1835) is a parody of scientific reportage which includes the description of fanciful island civilizations in a style not unlike that of Lewis Carroll.

The Aerial Journey (1859) is the dream-like narrative of a visit to the various major and minor planets of the Solar System, including strange "imaginary" planets more bizarre and complex than any other work of interplanetary fiction.

Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.
Anonymous: A Journey from the Arctic Pole to the Antarctic Pole via the Center of the World [Relation d'un voyage du pôle arctique au pôle antarctique par le centre du monde avec la description de ce périlleux passage et des choses merveilleuses et étonnantes qu'on a découvertes sous le pôle antarctique] (1721)
Alexis-Jean Le Bret: The New Moon [La Nouvelle Lune, ou histoire de Poequilon] (1770)
Henri Delmotte: A Voyage to Paraguay-Roux [Voyage pittoresque et industriel dans le Paraguay-Roux et la Palingénesie australe, par Trédace-Nafé Théobrôme de Kaout't'tchouk, gentilhomme Breton, sous-aide à l'établissement des elyso-pompes, etc. etc. etc.] (1835)
Edmé Rousseau: The Aerial Journey [Le Songe, ou voyage aérien] (1859)

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