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The Unpretentious Philosopher
or, The Rare Man

A Physical, Chemical, Political and Moral Work Dedicated to Scientists

by Louis-Guillaume de La Follie
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

In 1775, industrial chemist Louis-Guillaume de La Follie wrote The Unpretentious Philosopher, in which an inhabitant of Mercury who employs a spaceship powered by electricity to undertake a voyage of exploration to Earth, becomes stranded on our planet when his ship crashes. This forces him to embark on a long search for the exotic materials required to repair it, giving him an opportunity to communicate his advanced understanding of science to an inquisitive Earthling.

La Follie was the first writer of contes philosophiques to put the "hard" sciences of physics and chemistry at the heart of his endeavor. His ambitious purpose is to communicate new scientific ideas by using entertaining fictional devices. The Unpretentious Philosopher is truly a plea in favor of "science fiction", a concept that would not be invented for generations to come.

Cover by Vincent Laik

Published by Black Coat Press in December 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61227-136-1

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