• 1) In so doing, they discover that these once remote worlds are themselves earth-like in character.
  • 2) During this period of scientific revolution, a new literary genre arose, namely that of the scientific cosmic voyage
  • 3) Scientists and writers alike constructed fantastical tales in which fictional characters journey to the moon, sun, and planets.
  • 4) The expanding influence of Copernicanism through the seventeenth century transformed not only the natural philosophic leanings of astronomers but also the store of conceptual material accessible to writers of fiction.
  • 5) Descriptions of these planetary bodies as terrestrial in kind demonstrate the seventeenth century intellectual shift from the Aristotelian to the Copernican framework.
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