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Invasion of the Earth by the Moon by Spearhafoc Invasion of the Earth by the Moon by Spearhafoc
Illustration of a scene from Knickerbocker's History of New York (1809) by Washington Irving. I experimented with photo backgrounds (in this case, three photographs by NASA). 

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"To return, then, to my supposition—let us suppose that the aerial visitants I have mentioned, possessed of vastly superior knowledge to ourselves—that is to say, possessed of superior knowledge in the art of extermination—riding on hippogriffs—defended with impenetrable armor—armed with concentrated sunbeams, and provided with vast engines, to hurl enormous moonstones; in short, let us suppose them, if our vanity will permit the supposition, as superior to us in knowledge, and consequently in power, as the Europeans were to the Indians when they first discovered them."

"Let us suppose, moreover, that the aerial voyagers, finding this planet to be nothing but a howling wilderness, inhabited by us poor savages and wild beasts, shall take formal possession of it, in the name of his most gracious and philosophic excellency, the Man in the Moon. Finding however that their numbers are incompetent to hold it in complete subjection, on account of the ferocious barbarity of its inhabitants, they shall take our worthy President, the King of England, the Emperor of Hayti, the mighty Bonaparte, and the great King of Bantam, and, returning to their native planet, shall carry them to court, as were the Indian chiefs led about as spectacles in the courts of Europe."

"Most serene and mighty Potentate, whose dominions extend as far as eye can reach, who rideth on the Great Bear, useth the sun as a looking glass, and maintaineth unrivaled control over tides, madmen, and sea-crabs. We, thy liege subjects, have just returned from a voyage of discovery, in the course of which we have landed and taken possession of that obscure little dirty planet, which thou beholdest rolling at a distance.  The five uncouth monsters which we have brought into this august present were once very important chiefs among their fellow-savages, who are a race of beings totally destitute of the common attributes of humanity, and differing in everything from the inhabitants of the moon, inasmuch as they carry their heads upon their shoulders, instead of under their arms—have two eyes instead of one—are utterly destitute of tails, and of a variety of unseemly complexions, particularly of horrible whiteness, instead of pea-green."
M1n1dr10d-Y0D0 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
So this was the first case of Alien Invasion in fiction? Wow, all this time I thought The Germ Growers was the first story to feature Alien Invasion...
Spearhafoc Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015   General Artist
Yeah, to my knowledge, this is the first alien invasion story (although it's framed as a hypothetical in the book). 

Thanks for reminding me of The Germ Growers, by the way. I haven't read it yet and forgot to add it to my to-read list.
M1n1dr10d-Y0D0 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Well, if it's merely a hypothetical, then there's the question concerning whether or not it counts. Maybe Robert Potter has a chance after all...

No problem, man.
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