Le Micromegas

Title page of Le Micromegas
Adoption Amount: $2,500
Category: Build and Access the Collection
Location: National Air and Space Museum Library

Le micromegas

By Voltaire. Londres: Imprime pour J. Robinson [etc.], 1752.

This very rare copy of the second edition from 1752 was once owned by rocket scientist Frederick Ordway III, spaceflight visionary and consultant on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, this work of fiction by Voltaire is a work akin to Gulliver's Travels, but set in outer space. In this imaginative novel, human beings on Earth are equivalent to Lilliputians in Swift’s famous masterpiece.

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