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|In Amilec (1753), Charles-François Tiphaigne de
la Roche conceived the concept of journeys through the Solar System. His
extrapolation of the manner in which human seeds are used to populate
other planets may seem primitive, but it is a fascinating prediction of
what will eventually become cosmology and embriology.
In 1760, Tiphaigne sent his characters to explore the secret land of Giphantie located deep in Africa, where a race of secret supermen live in majestic isolation watching a medium remarkably similar to television.
Finally, in 1761, in The Empire of the Zaziris, Tiphaigne predicted future tales of secret invasions by imagining that mysterious beings, descendents of the sylphs and djinns of legends, live hidden among us, secretly controlling the destiny of Humankind.
A proto-scientist, physician and contemporary of Voltaire, Tiphaigne de la Roche penned three fantastic tales of Swiftian satire that are also ground-breaking, foundation texts of French science fiction.
Cover by Ladrönn
Published by Black Coat Press in September 2011
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