THE CONVERSATION: Science fiction was around in medieval times – here’s what it looked like

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Release date: 12/9/2018

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Science fiction may seem resolutely modern, but the genre could actually be considered hundreds of years old. There are the alien green “children of Woolpit”, who appeared in 12th-century Suffolk and were reported to have spoken a language no one could understand. There’s also the story of Eilmer the 11th-century monk, who constructed a pair of wings and flew from the top of Malmesbury Abbey. And there’s the Voynich Manuscript, a 15th-century book written in an unknowable script, full of illustrations of otherworldly plants and surreal landscapes.

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TitleScience fiction was around in medieval times – here’s what it looked like
Media name/outletThe Conversation
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date12/09/18
DescriptionScience fiction may seem resolutely modern, but the genre could actually be considered hundreds of years old. There are the alien green “children of Woolpit”, who appeared in 12th-century Suffolk and were reported to have spoken a language no one could understand. There’s also the story of Eilmer the 11th-century monk, who constructed a pair of wings and flew from the top of Malmesbury Abbey. And there’s the Voynich Manuscript, a 15th-century book written in an unknowable script, full of illustrations of otherworldly plants and surreal landscapes.
URLhttps://theconversation.com/science-fiction-was-around-in-medieval-times-heres-what-it-looked-like-101696
PersonsJames Paz