Voyages to the Moon and the Sun

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Disruptive Publishing, Dec 1, 2006 - Fiction - 212 pages
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Cyrano's (the real guy) greatest work, model for much of Gulliver's Travels, Munchausen and so many other fantasy books. First published in the 17th Century (Paris, of course), this elegant satire takes its hero into the solar system, where he then can freely speak on matters of sex, religion and humanity. Join the big guy as he wanders about the solar system, meeting up with Beast-Men, the Solen people, and a rep from the Kingdom of Love.

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Pocos conocen la faceta cientifica de Cyrano de Bergerac, perdida casi completamente en la obra de Rostand, sin embargo, Cyrano vivio en el tiempo de los grandes cambios filosoficos, el siglo XVII, adherente a la teoria copernicana, el autor habla en este libro inconcluso sobre sus ideas cosmologicas, intenta resolver por medio de una narracion fantastica, los problemas que planteaban las ideas de Copernico, como la de la relatividad de la posicion y del movimiento del cielo nocturno; para sus fantasticos habitantes de la luna, el cielo se mueve en circulos alrededor de ellos y la esfera azul en el cielo es su Luna, cuando Cyrano llega con ellos y los intenta convencer de lo contrario, va a parar a la carcel hasta que se desdiga de semejante aberracion, en su manuscrito se nota la influencia de Platon y Plutarco, aunque hace mencion de un libro desconocido de Cardan. Por desgracia el libro esta sin terminar, y hay partes donde es evidente que se trata de un borrador, donde aun no resuelve algunas de sus dudas filosoficas y hay intentos por continuar la historia en otras direcciones, aun asi es una lectura fascinante; por cierto este es el libro donde esta su ensoņadora historia de como logra volar por los cielos con botellas de rocio amarradas a su cintura; si puedes conseguir este libro, es una obra fundamental para entender la ciencia y la filosofia de su tiempo en Francia. 

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Richard Aldington, christened Edward Godfree, was born at Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, on July 8, 1892. Aldington attended preparatory schools as a child, after which he studied for four years at Dover College. He then enrolled in University College but did not complete his education there due to a sudden financial loss suffered by his father, forcing him to withdraw. For a while, Aldington was supporting himself as an assistant to a newspaper sportswriter. He also wrote reviews and essays, worked on translations, and finally began selling his own poems. He soon made friends with a group of three other young poets: Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle, and Harold Monro. During this period, Aldington became associated with the Imagist movement, through his association with Ezra Pound. His poetry appeared in Pound's 1914 anthology Des Imagistes and in Amy Lowell's annual anthology Some Imagist Poets. He published his first volume of poetry, Images (1910-1915), in 1915. On June 24, 1916, Aldington left for military service. He was sent to France in the winter after training. The two and a half years that Aldington spent in active duty during WWI was to become perhaps the greatest single influence on his writing for the decades to follow. His most immediate literary response to the war was his collection of poetry Images of War, published in 1919, which was followed by his first, and perhaps most well known novel, Death of a Hero. Aldington published 24 books, as editor or translator, or collections of his poems, between 1920 and 1929, including the first book of his about his friend D.H. Lawrence, D.H. Lawrence, An Indiscretion. Over the following ten years, he published several more collections of short stories, three long poems, four editions of his collected poems, miscellaneous literary journalism and wrote seven novels. In 1939, Viking offered him editorship of The Viking Book of Poetry of the English Speaking World after having published his novel Rejected Guest. Aldington sold serial rights to his memoirs to the Atlantic Monthly which were published in 1941 under the title Life for Life's Sake. After moving to Florida, Aldington began his biography of the Duke of Wellington, which was published in 1943. In 1942, Aldington took his family to Hollywood where he hoped to work as a screen writer. They stayed in Hollywood for over three years while Aldington worked as a freelance writer for the studios. He also finished The Duke, which he began in Florida, edited the Portable Oscar Wilde, and did a few translations. He published his last novel, The Romance of Casanova: A Novel, in 1946. Aldington died in France in 1962.

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