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Micromegas

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Author Voltaire
Country France
Specifications Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 4, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1533107769
ISBN-13: 978-1533107763
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
Publisher Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 4, 2016)

 

Voltaire , regarded as the first French writer of science fiction, with Micromegas 

 

 

The story is organized into seven brief chapters The first describes Micromgas small large an inhabitant of one of the planets that orbits Sirius His home world is 21 6 million times greater in circumference than the Earth Micromgas stands 120 000 feet about 23 miles tall When he is almost 450 years old approaching the end of his infancy Micromgas writes a scientific book examining the insects on his planet which at 100 feet are too small to be detected by ordinary microscopes This book is considered heresy and after a 200 year trial he is banished from the court for a term of 800 years Micromgas takes this as an incentive to travel around the Universe in a quest to develop his intellect and his spirit After extensive celestial travels he arrives on Saturn where he befriends the secretary of the Academy of Saturn a man less than a twentieth of his size a dwarf standing only 6 000 feet tall They discuss the differences between their planets The Saturnian has 72 senses while the Sirian has 1 000 The Saturnian lives for 15 000 Earth years while the Sirian lives for 10 5 million years Micromgas reports that he has visited worlds where people live much longer than this but still consider their lifespans too short At the end of their conversation they decide to take a philosophical journey together Eventually they arrive on Earth and circumnavigate it in 36 hours with the Saturnian only getting his lower legs wet in the deepest ocean and the Sirian barely wetting his ankles They decide that the planet must be devoid of life since it is too small for them to see with the naked eye In the Baltic Sea the Saturnian happens to spot a tiny speck swimming about and he picks it up to discover that it is a whale As they examine it a boatful of philosophers returning from an Arctic voyage happens to run aground nearby The space travellers examine the boat and upon discovering the lifeforms inside it they conclude that the tiny beings are too

 

source) https://www.amazon.com/Micromegas-Voltaire/dp/1533107769/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1521039763&sr=1-2&keywords=Micromegas

 

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