Star (Psi Cassiopeia)
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STAR (PSI CASSIOPEIA)
by C.I. Defontenay
adapted by P.J. Sokolowski
cover by Guillermo Vidal
Beyond the orbits of Uranus and Neptune, higher than the region of sky where Sirius blazes menaced by the sword of Orion, fix your gaze on the line which runs from Polaris to Andromeda; there, in the depths of the constellation of Cassiopeia, is a star that astronomers designate by the Greek letter PSI and which, up there, the alien beings who think and speak call Star.
Eleven years before Jules Verne took his readers to the Moon, 40 years before H. G. Wells devised the Time Machine, nearly a century before J.R.R. Tolkien published Lord Of The Rings, Charles Defontenay wrote the imaginary history of an entire star system located in the far off constellation of Cassiopeia.
Long before science fiction writers dreamed of interstellar travels, alien races and the colonization of other planets, in 1854, on the eve of the Crimean War, Charles Defontenay, a French medical doctor born in 1819, penned the first modern "space opera".
STAR is a treasure chest of alien lore, the history of a world and its varied species, their rise and fall, triumphs and failures. It includes samples of their literature, arts and moral codes. Above all, it is a visionary work without precedent in the history of science fiction.
- Foreword by Pierre Versins
- Star (1854) by C.I. Defontenay