Lady Margaret Cavendish, Sci-Fi Author of the 1600s

Nicholas C. Rossis

Born in 1623, Lady Margaret Cavendish was an outspoken aristocrat who traveled in circles of scientific thinkers and broke ground on proto-feminism, natural philosophy (the 17th-century term for science), and social politics. As far as I am concerned, however, she should always be remembered as one of the first science fiction authors. In her lifetime, she published 20 books; mostly poetry and essays. However, in 1666, she also published The Description of a New World Called the Blazing World.

The Description of a New World Called the Blazing World

The Description of a New World by Lady Margaret Cavendish | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books The frontispiece for A Description of a New World, Called: The Blazing World, published in 1666. (Photo: Public Domain via Atlas Obscura)

In her book, a woman is kidnapped by a lovesick merchant sailor, and forced to join him at sea. After a windstorm sends the ship north and kills the men, the woman walks through a portal at the…

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4 thoughts on “Lady Margaret Cavendish, Sci-Fi Author of the 1600s

  1. Hey Adele. Your post came out in duplicate. One doesn’t have your name attached to the twitter share button, and this one does. Just thought I’d let you know because if someone reads the one without and shares, you won’t see the retweet. 🙂

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