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"The Great Romance" by a late 1800's NZ Sci-Fi Author "The Inhabitant" groundbreaking!

, posted: 18-Jun-2008 12:10

an Article in the NZ Herald, (accredited to the Otago daily times)
talks about a book written by a kiwi Author that has the significance of "Pride and Prejudice" in literary terms,

now as much as if I was a Sci-Fi author I would shudder at having comparisons made between my works and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, it is still no mean feat nonetheless.

The reason it is so particularly ground breaking is that it covers themes such as interplanetary colonisation by Man, sexual relations with aliens, problems of space flight (Space shuttles, spacesuits and air locks)

(More brief info: the NZ Herald Article here )

Apparently they are going to reprint the book, which sounds really great to me as I'm extremely interested to read it.

The authors name, is given as only "The inhabitant" which is fitting as at the time (1881) it was common for authors of guidebooks to use such a pseudonym, and in this case the book is written at least partially as a guidebook to Venus, written by an Earthling who visits the planet, whom is now the sole inhabitant since his companions have returned to earth.

in both of the two books by the Author the main character awakes after a long sleep (in The Great Romance it is John Brenton Hope who awakes after 193 years, and in Looking Backward it is Juilan West after 113)

I'll not talk to much, but effectively these books were ground breaking in their approach to Utopia's and Sci-Fi in their own right.

I look forward to reading them.

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