Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Science Fiction Hero of the Day - Cyrano de Bergerac

He was a geek before being a geek was cool.

"Cyrano's most prominent work is now published under the title 'Other Worlds', a collection of stories describing his fictional journeys to the Moon and Sun. The methods of space travel he describes are inventive and often ingenious, detailing ideas often broadly original and sometimes rooted in science. Cyrano rests alongside such minds as Kepler and Jules Verne under the genre of 'scientific travel fiction'. It should be noted, however, that Cyrano's primary purpose in writing these novels was to subtly criticize man's egocentric view of his place in creation, as well as the social injustices of the 17th century." ~ Wikipedia

Obviously the writer of this entry didn't realize that social commentary is VERY MUCH a part of the science fiction genre.

1 comment:

  1. Saw the play yesterday and thought it was great. Cyrano invents rockets on the spot by shooting downward over and over again.