Pythagorolunister

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Pseudonym of the author (?   -    ), possibly John Kirkby, of a Proto SF text involving Space Flight, Journey to the World in the Moon: A Dream, Containing an Historical Relation, (as received from a Lunar Philosopher) from above a Hundred Years last past, to the present Time, of the most Material Occurrences, as to the Religion, Politics &c, of the Inhabitants of that Globe; And particularly Their Manner of Elections (1740?). Mentioning Bishop John Wilkins by name, and directly referencing Daniel Defoe not only through its title – which replicates that of one of the disputed vts of The Consolidator (1705) – but also through its description of a proto-Computer called the Representative Consolidator, the tale is tepidly Satirical throughout, fading away in the end with the discovery that it was all a dream. [JC]

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