For my Edgar Allan Poe Challenge this week, I read The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall.
What you’re in for: Astronomy. Depression. Experimentation. Balloon. Adventure. Aliens. Uncertainty.
Edgar Allan Poe is known most for his Gothic literature. However, he actually invented Detective Fiction and is thought to have been the first to write Science Fiction, with this exact story.
I am glad that I read this story, considering it is supposedly the first ever science fiction story. And for my challenge, it’s one step toward reading all of Poe’s stories. But, I have to say that I didn’t overly enjoy this story. If this particular short story is any indication, it is no wonder that Poe is famous mostly for his Gothic literature. However, I will not judge his other genres off of merely one mediocre story. I will continue to explore his non-Gothic stories.
I just found this story to be a bit dull. Of course it was well written. It is Poe, after all. And it was a rather imaginative tale. And, of course, they didn’t have all the scientific knowledge we do now. So, I cannot judge the story on facts. I just found the story boring. There was too much explaining and not enough exciting adventure. There was too much time spent detailing the mechanics of the balloon and such things, and less time spent detailing the experience of the adventure. This lead to me not being excited or getting into the story in a way that I could enjoy it.
Talk to me: Have you read this one? It’s an odd little tale, isn’t it?
What did you think of the (supposedly) first ever Science Fiction story? How do you think it compares to Poe’s other work?