The Man in the Moone
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First published in 1638, Francis Godwin's fanciful tale pre-dates Jules Verne by more than two centuries. It tells of a Spanish sailor who flies to the moon in a craft powered by birds. There, he finds 'a kind of people most strange,' ruled by a great king called Irdonozur. A modern introduction considers the scientific knowledge available to Godwin, who was Bishop of Hereford, and his prescient understanding of gravity.