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The Moon Hoax

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The Moon Hoax

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Author: Richard Adams Locke
Publisher: Gregg Press, 1975
Original English publication, 1835
Series: Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 12

3. Station X
4. We
5. The Shape of Things to Come
6. Tales and Stories
7. The Science Fiction of Jack London
9. War with the Newts
10. The Stars My Destination
12. The Moon Hoax
13. Three Hundred Years Hence
14. The Horror on the Asteroid and Other Tales of Planetary Horror
16. The Crystal Button or, Adventures of Paul Prognosis in the Forty-Ninth Century
17. The Doomsman
18. The Land of the Changing Sun
19. To The End Of Time
20. A Voyage to the Moon
21. The Dragon Masters
22. Venus Plus X
23. The Big Time
25. Babel-17
26. Dark Universe
27. Rite of Passage
29. The Battle of the Monsters and Other Stories
30. The Science Fiction of Frank R. Stockton
31. Isle of the Dead
32. Hothouse / The Long Afternoon of Earth
33. Ten Thousand Light-Years From Home
34. Solar Lottery
35. Man Abroad
36. The Steel Crocodile
37. The Inheritors
38. Star
39. The Jewels of Aptor
40. 334
41. Pharoah's Broker
42. The Body Snatchers
44. Iter Lunaire
45. Modern Science Fiction
47. Armageddon
48. The Dream Master
49. Conjure Wife
50. Dhalgren
51. The Cosmic Rape and To Marry Medusa
52. Dr. Bloodmoney
53. Driftglass
54. The Devil Is Dead
55. Empire Star
56. The Female Man
57. Nova
58. The Iron Dream
59. The Genocides
60. Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
61. Counter-Clock World
62. The Game-Players of Titan
63. Ubik
65. The Shrinking Man
67. Eye in the Sky
68. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
89. The Butterfly Kid
90. Synthajoy
91. To Open the Sky
92. The Ballad of Beta-2
93. The Fall of the Towers
94. Triton
95. The Rocket to the Moon
125. Secret of the Lost Race
126. Starswarm
129. We Who Are About To…
131. The Green Odyssey
133. Sunburst
135. The Byworlder
136. The Horn of Time
140. Double Star
141. I Will Fear No Evil
143. Today We Choose Faces
144. The Dreaming Jewels
148. The Man Who Fell to Earth
173. Who?
175. The Worlds of Fritz Leiber
177. Make Room! Make Room!
178. The Sword of Rhiannon
180. The Man in the High Castle
181. The World Jones Made
182. Time Out of Joint
183. Vulcan's Hammer
185. Glory Road
186. The Door Into Summer
187. The Puppet Masters
188. Waldo and Magic, Inc.
189. Bridge of Ashes
190. Damnation Alley
191. Lord of Light
192. The Year of the Quiet Sun
208. Daybreak - 2250 A.D.
210. The Worlds of Frank Herbert
211. Gather, Darkness!
212. Night's Black Agents
213. The Book of Fritz Leiber
214. The Second Book of Fritz Leiber
215. The Green Millennium
216. The Sinful Ones
217. The Wanderer
219. The Mile-Long Spaceship
220. Dare
223. The Saliva Tree and Other Strange Growths
224. The Green Brain
225. The Diploids and Other Flights of Fancy
226. Riverworld and Other Stories
227. Beyond This Horizon
247. Nathaniel
248. Macroscope

Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Space Exploration
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Synopsis

The Moon Hoax: or, A Discovery that the Moon Has a Vast Population of Human Beings.

"The Great Moon Hoax" refers to a series of six articles that were published in The Sun, a New York newspaper, beginning on August 25, 1835, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon. They were later collected into the book The Moon Hoax. The discoveries were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the best-known astronomers of his time.

The story was advertised on August 21, 1835, as an upcoming feature allegedly reprinted from The Edinburgh Courant. The first in a series of six was published four days later on August 25.

The articles described fantastic animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids ("Vespertilio-homo") who built temples. There were trees, oceans and beaches. These discoveries were supposedly made with "an immense telescope of an entirely new principle."

The author of the narrative was ostensibly Dr. Andrew Grant, the travelling companion and amanuensis of Sir John Herschel, but Grant was fictitious.

Eventually, the authors announced that the observations had been terminated by the destruction of the telescope, by means of the Sun causing the lens to act as a "burning glass," setting fire to the observatory.


Excerpt

"The clouds still rested on one hair of It, insomuch that I could discover nothing in it; but the other appeared to me a vast ocean planted with innumerable islands, that were covered with fruits and flowers, and interwoven with a thousand little shining seas that ran among them. I could see persons dressed in glorious habits with garlands upon their heads, passing among the trees, lying down by the sides of fountains, or resting on beds of flowers; and could hear a confused harmony of singing birds, falling waters, human voices, and musical instruments. Gladness grew in me upon the discovery of so delightful a scene. I wished for the wings of an eagle, that I might fly away to those happy seats; but the genius told me there was no passage to them except through the gates of death that I saw opening every moment upon the bridge."

Copyright © 1835 by Richard Adams Locke


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