The Voyages of Lord Seaton to the Seven Planets
THE VOYAGES OF LORD SEATON TO THE SEVEN PLANETS
by Marie-Anne de Roumier-Robert
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Flerune Rétoré
We finally departed on Zachiel's wings. As we rose into the air, our Earth gradually shrank, soon appearing to our eyes as a dot similar to a comet...
The Voyages of Lord Seaton to the Seven Planets (1766) is an interplanetary romance in the tradition of Cyrano de Bergerac's History of the States and Empires of the Moon. In it, the eponymous hero and his sister Monime travel to the seven planets of the Solar System on the wings of the genie Zachiel. They discover that the inhabitants of each world represent a human character trait -- Selenites are capricious, Martians bellicose, Venusians lovers, etc. Eventually, they return to Earth where Monime inherits the throne of Georgia.
Also included in this volume is another high fantasy tale, The Water Sprites (1768) a colorful and extravagant if eccentric classic of fantastic fiction, which has closer affiliations with modern fantasy than most contemporary works in a similar vein.
Voyage de Milord Céton dans les Sept Planètes [The Voyages of Lord Seaton to the Seven Planets] (1766)
Les Ondins [The Water Sprites] (1768)
Introduction, Afterword and Notes by Brian Stableford.