Defoe, Daniel (1660–1731)
Journalist and chronicler of the adventures of Robinson Crusoe who, in The
Consolidator: Or Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World of the Moon
(1705), described the discovery of an eponymous spaceship, invented 2,000
years before the Flood by a Chinese scientist named Mira-cho-cho-lasmo.
The Consolidator is a flying machine powered by an internal combustion
engine which also featured hibernation capsules (see suspended
animation) to ease the tedium of long spaceflights.