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A Satire of the Philosophy, Ignorance, and Self-Conceit of Mankind.

First published in 1752, this story is a significant development in the history of literature because it originates ideas which helped create the genre of science fiction.
The tale recounts the visit to Earth of a being from a planet circling the star Sirius, and of his companion from the planet Saturn.

The technique of using an outsider to comment on aspects of western culture was popular at this period, which Voltaire also used in his novel Zadig.

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