The Conquest of the Moon – André Laurie

Title: The Conquest of the Moon: A Story of the Bayouda
Author: André  Laurie
Publisher:
Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
Year: 1889

The Conquest of the Moon is one of Laurie’s most interesting science fiction novels and probably one of the most fanciful cosmic tales of all times. In it, a consortium which intends to exploit the Moon’s mineral resources decides that, since our satellite is too far to be reached, it must be brought closer to the Earth. A Sudanese mountain composed of pure iron ore becomes the headquarters of the newly established Selene Company. Solar reflectors are used to provide the energy required to convert the mountain into a huge electro-magnet, with miles of cables wrapped around it. A spaceship/observatory is then built on top of the mountain. When the experiment begins, the mountain is ripped away from the Earth and catapulted to the Moon. There, the protagonists have various adventures and eventually return to Earth by re-energizing the mountain.

André Laurie

Laurie, André was the pseudonym of Paschal Grousset (1845-1909), French politician and author. Grousset also published under the pseudonyms of Philippe Daryl, Tiburce Moray and Léopold Virey.

Grousset was born in Corsica, and studied medicine before commencing a journalistic career. As a result of an attempt by Grousset to challenge Prince Pierre-Napoleon Bonaparte to a duel during 1870, Grousset’s second, Victor Noir was shot and killed by Bonaparte during a quarrel. Later the same year Grousset was sentenced to six months imprisonment. He was arrested again in 1872 and deported to New Caledonia. He escaped, and lived in Sydney, San Francisco and London, making a living by teaching French. He returned to France after the 1880 amnesty, becoming involved in literature and physical culture, but eventually returning to politics and, in 1893, becoming a Socialist Deputy for the 12th arrondissement of Paris.

This book is twinned with Christina’s Moon by Jill Hedges (pub.2017) read more about it here.

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Christina’s Moon – Jill Hedges

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Ancient people were fascinated by the Moon; the brightest object in the night sky, and used its phases as an early form of calendar. Each of the full moons was given a name that correlated to the arrival and passing of the seasons and with times of feast or famine.

Created using print and collage techniques by artist Jill Hedges, who has had a lifelong fascination with the Moon and the stars, this charming little chapbook tells a tale of enduring love.

Also by Jill Hedges – The Space Walk: A Scale Walk Through the Solar System

Christina’s Moon
Jill Hedges
Published March 2017
ISBN  978-1-910578-41-4
A6 Size,
16 printed pages,
Colour
Chapbook 16
SLB050
Price – £2
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