Tucker, George (1775–1861)

George Tucker was an American science fiction writer (under the pseudonym Joseph Atterley) and Chairman of the Faculty of The University of Virginia while Edgar Allan Poe was a student. In A Voyage to the Moon with Some Account of the Manners and Customs, Science and Philosophy, of the People of Morosofia, and Other Lunarians (New York: Elam Bliss, 1827), he describes a trip to the Moon involving a spacecraft coated with the first antigravitic metal (see antigravity) in literature, a forerunner of H. G. Wells' Cavorite. This work is filled with the same kind of specualtion as Poe's "The Unparalleled Adventures of Hans Pfaal (1835) and "The Thousand and Second Tale of Scheherazafe" (1845). Tucker's second science fiction work, A Century Hence or, a Romance of 1941 (edited from his manscript, 1977), deals with overpopulation, which was one of the major themes of Poe's future world in "Mellonata Tauta" (1845).