The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall
The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe was originally published in 1835.
This is the story of Hans Pfaall, a man who claims to have visited the moon in a new type of balloon with the aid of an instrument that allowed him to breathe in a vacuum. Upon arrival, Pfaall withholds information about the residents of the moon in an attempt to leverage a pardoning for a string of murders that he previously committed. A fantastic and masterfully-composed tale, The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall will appeal to fans of vintage science fiction.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first American short story writers, and is widely considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre.
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Extract from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall:
he balloon (for such no doubt it was) had now descended to within a hundred feet of the earth, allowing the crowd below a sufficiently distinct view of the person of its occupant. This was in truth a very singular somebody. He could not have been more than two feet in height; but this altitude, little as it was, would have been sufficient to destroy his equilibrium, and tilt him over the edge of his tiny car, but for the intervention of a circular rim reaching as high as the breast, and rigged on to the cords of the balloon. The body of the little man was more than proportionally broad, giving to his entire figure a rotundity highly absurd. His feet, of course, could not be seen at all. His hands were enormously large. His hair was gray, and collected into a queue behind. His nose was prodigiously long, crooked and inflammatory; his eyes full, brilliant, and acute; his chin and cheeks, although wrinkled with age, were broad, puffy, and double; but of ears of any kind there was not a semblance to be discovered upon any portion of his head. This odd little gentleman was dressed in a loose surtout of sky-blue satin, with tight breeches to match, fastened with silver buckles at the knees. His vest was of some bright yellow material; a white taffety cap was set jauntily on one side of his head; and, to complete his equipment, a blood-red silk handkerchief enveloped his throat, and fell down, in a dainty manner, upon his bosom, in a fantastic bow-knot of super-eminent dimensions.
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