Bergerac, Savinien Cyrano de (1619–1655)
French author and prolific duelist (most of the duels being
fought on account of his extraordinarily large nose). His enthusiasm for
pluralism is evident in his Histoire Comique des Etats et Empires de
la Lune et du Soleil (A Comical History of the States and Empires of
the Sun and the Moon), published posthumously in 1656. This inventive fantasy
sees the reappearance of Godwin's Domingo
Gonsales and probably helped inspire Swift's
Gulliver and Voltaire's Micromegas.
It also introduced several novel ideas for aerial and space propulsion,
notably the rocket and (as Arthur C. Clarke has pointed out) the ramjet.
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