This Week’s Features: The Moon

© Georges Méliès, A Trip to the Moon, 1902

50 years ago yesterday, Apollo 11, the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon returned to our planet. Growing up listening to the tales of Artemis and Chang’e, the Moon has been a land of fantasy for us since ancient ages. 50 years after our first step on the wonderland, the Moon still never ceases to make its appearance in literature and movies, but is it as dreamy as we imagine?

 

A Trip to the Moon (1902)

by Georges Méliès

Long before Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, filmmakers and writers had dreamed of voyages to the planet. A Trip to the Moon is a 1902 French silent film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the MoonAround the Moon and H.G. Wells’ First Men in the Moon, Méliès introduces the féerie to the screen. He composes a diegetic narrative which delivers a pataphysical message to mock the modern society’s blind belief in science.

Extensive Reading:
Féerie in the Cinema: Pataphysics in Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon

 

The Complete Cosmicomics (1965)

by Italo Calvino

© Mariner Books

In this collection of Calvino’s short stories, the infinite creation, transformation, and expansion of the sublime cosmic universe are explored through mathematical formulae and cellular structures. Breaking the boundaries between science and fiction, surrealist imageries of people climbing up ladders from their rowboats can never fail to fascinate the reader.

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Extensive Reading:
Breaking Down the Tower of the Absolute Authorship: Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

The Conspiracy of Artificial History as a Political Tool in Authoritarian Regimes: The Manipulation of Social Orders in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities

 

The Luminaries (2013)

by Eleanor Catton

© Little, Brown and Company

The events in the novel take place on the western coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Walter Moody comes to seek his fortune in a stormy night and finds 12 people who each represents an astrological sign holding a meeting. A mysterious scheme of imitating the waning moon reveals as the story continues.

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