17th Century Work May Be First Science Fiction Novel Ever Written

17th Century Work May Be First Science Fiction Novel Ever Written

There is a first for everything: the first pencil, the first piece of paper, the first manuscript … and now, the first science fiction novel.

Award-winning writer John Crowley claims The Chemical Wedding, a novel written in 1616 by Johann Valentin Andreae, birthed the sci-fi genre, reports The Guardian. The four-century old text, originally published in Germany, tells the tale of a man “who journeys to a mysterious royal wedding.” Crowley himself has rewritten the book for a modern audience, the likes of which will be released by Small Beer Press in November.

To pen the revised manuscript, Crowley has pulled from preexisting English translations and tapped the brain of a German scholar. While other experts disagree with Crowley’s claim of The Chemical Wedding being the pioneer of the science fiction genre, the award-winning author holds fast to his declaration, stating that the science behind the novel “is late Renaissance alchemy, which had the same fascination for readers of the time as the scientific possibilities of classic SF did in its last-century heyday.”

What do you think? What are your favorite “firsts” in the literary industry?

Raine Winters

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Raine lives in Cleveland, Ohio and works as a freelance writer and graphic artist. From an early age she has harbored a love of reading and writing, and is lucky enough to incorporate both into her daily work routine. Raine is a lover of all things fantasy and horror related, has a soft spot in her heart for middle grade and young adult fiction, and spends most of her free time running, wakesurfing, or wrangling in her husband and three cats while they perpetrate a massive amount of mischief around the house.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 24, 2016 - 6:32pm

Rimayana, nuff said. Also I need to ask Katie about this 5,000 year old science fiction story written by a trans woman no less!