True History

by Lucian of Samosata

Translator: Francis Hickes


A True Story, also translated as True History, is a long novella or short novel written in the second century AD by the Greek author Lucian of Samosata. The novel is a satire of outlandish tales that had been reported in ancient sources, particularly those that presented fantastic or mythical events as if they were true. It is Lucian's best-known work. 
It is the earliest known work of fiction to include travel to outer space, alien lifeforms, and interplanetary warfare. It has been described as "the first known text that could be called science fiction". However, the work does not fit into typical literary genres: its multilayered plot and its characters have been interpreted as belonging to science fiction, fantasy, satire or parody, and have been the subjects of scholarly debate.
Excerpted from A True Story on Wikipedia.

person AuthorLucian of Samosata
language CountrySyria, Roman Empire
api GenreSatire, Fantasy, Science fiction
copyright CopyrightPublic domain worldwide.
camera_alt Book cover"Colossal lunar spiders spin a web in the air between the Moon and the Morning Star"
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