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Favorite Pre-Modern Science Fiction

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This post on Reddit made me curious. Proto-science fiction? It didn't quite mesh in my modern mind— how could people think of these concepts before the modern age?
 
Welp. Was I proven wrong!
 
http://en.wikipedia....science_fiction
 
At which point I remembered this thread.

 

This made me rather excited— reading proto-science fiction written in a relatively mystical age of humanity! But which one should I start with?


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http://en.wikipedia....us_Autodidactus


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Can't think of any that I've read. What do you define as "pre-modern" btw?



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Can't think of any that I've read. What do you define as "pre-modern" btw?

Frankenstein is commonly regarded as the first science fiction story. So stories before the 1800s would be it.


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Oh, by the way: here's the actual story.

 

A True Story, by Lucian of Samosata. Written 2nd century AD.

 

 

Another one I found: 

Memoirs of the Twentieth Century, by Samuel Madden. Written in 1733. This isn't the actual story: the PDF is here.


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