The Blazing World

The Blazing World

Blazing World, or its full title, The Description for a New World, called The Blazing-World (1666) was a groundbreaking work in the genre of science fiction, written by Margaret Cavendish, who was likely the first woman to publish using her own name. The book is a fantastical display of her intellect, imagination, and curiosity about natural science, at a time early in the Enlightenment when such speculation about the universe, time, and space were still considered somewhat heretical. The novel features animal-human hybrids and a woman’s absolute rule as Empress over a parallel planet. It is part of our collection of Science Fiction.

To The Duchesse of Newcastle, On Her New Blazing-World.

Our Elder World, with all their Skill and Arts,
Could but divide the World into three Parts:
Columbus, then for Navigation fam'd,
Found a new World, America 'tis nam'd;
Now this new World was found, it was not made,
Onely discovered, lying in Time's shade.

Then what are You, having no Chaos found
To make a World, or any such least ground?
But your Creating Fancy, thought it fit
To make your World of Nothing, but pure Wit.
Your Blazing-World, beyond the Stars mounts higher,
Enlightens all with a Cœlestial Fier.

William Newcastle.

Table of Contents

To All Noble and Worthy Ladies

The Description of the New World, Called The Blazing-World

The Second Part of The Description of the New Blazing-World

The Epilogue to the Reader

Return to the Margaret Cavendish library.

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