Micromegas by Voltaire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
18th century SF. :) Gotta love it just for that.
Otherwise, my estimation of Voltaire continues to rise! I always loved his stuff before and while this doesn't have quite the social impact that something like Candide had, it certainly puts the rod to the church with its "blow your mind" idea of turning all us ants into something even more insignificant. :)
I see your enormous cathedral and raise you a thousand-league footprint. :)
Short and sweet and so scientific... these giants are giants of erudition and learning! Of course, they laugh at the idea that us little ants mean crap because we only live for mere dozens of years while they live for thousands. I mean, seriously.
Very impressive for its time and message. I know it's not entirely all about SF but it IS still an SF tale and one of the very first.
I'm so glad that Ada Palmer turned me on to it. :)
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