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Journey to the Sun

Pierre Boitard | Translated by Brian Stableford | Black Coat Press | July 1, 2016

In 1839, 25 years before Jules Verne, French botanist and geologist Pierre Boitard (1789-1859) published Journey to the Sun, the first story of adventure and scientific popularization for young people, depicting a voyage through the solar system, with the beings of each of the planets representing a different stage of Man's evolution.

Two years earlier, Boitard had published Paris Before Humankind, well before the emergence of palaeontology; it was the first Darwinian narrative, including pre-historical ape-men.

Both of these ground-breaking novellas were at the time attempts to produce what would nowadays be called "hard science fiction": speculative fiction based on accurate scientific data.

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