A parodic adventure novel by Greek writer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucian_of_samosata Lucian of Samosata]]. A group of adventurers sail from Greece to the Atlantic Ocean and get shot up to the moon by a giant water spout. When they arrive, they quickly get caught up in the war between the moon and the Sun over the colonization of Venus.

This {{Satire}} is not the first ScienceFiction in Human history (as it was written in response to an earlier, now lost, space-travel novel) but if it is Scifi it is one of the oldest examples, dating to the 2nd century CE.

The book can be found online: [[http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/luc/wl2/wl211.htm here]] or [[http://lucianofsamosata.info/TheTrueHistory.html here]].
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!! ''True History'' provides examples of:

* AliensSpeakingEnglish: All the strange and far-off peoples the Greek adventurers meet speak Greek -- even the people of the moon.
* AllPlanetsAreEarthLike: The Moon, albeit filled with all sorts of wacky monsters, is otherwise earth-like, but it gets even more weird when it turns out there are also civilizations (and people, and trees) on the Sun and several stars. Of course, this is probably a case of ScienceMarchesOn.
* AncientGreece: Or, more accurately, Hellenistic Greece.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Parodied. Despite the story being obviously an outrageous {{tall tale}}, the narrator and the title itself contend that it is "entirely true".
** Except at one point, when the author inserts a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial to the effect that he has never ever ''ever'' seen or heard or been told about ''any'' events even ''remotely'' like the ones depicted in this book, and warns the reader (a little too strenuously) not to believe a single word of it.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Moon people. Among other traits, they sweat milk (and use it to make cheese), and can remove and replace their own eyeballs and genitals (which are made of gold for the nobles and wood for the poors) at will.
* BizarreAlienReproduction: Moon people are all "male" (what we'd probably call hermaphroditic). In addition to the removeable genitals, they reproduce with gay sex, apparently involving kneecaps, then store fetuses in their calves. They can also plant testicle trees that look like giant penises, and grow people on the branches.
* BoldlyComing: Some of the narrator's traveling companions have sex with tree-women on a remote island, and end up stuck to them.
* GiantSpider: Space invasions are accomplished by getting ginormous spiders to spin webs between the Moon and Sun, so the armies can walk accross. While the Moon and Sun are sailing around the sky. Don't fall off!
* HorseOfADifferentColor: The king and knights of the Moon rides on a vulture-horse. Other aliens ride a wide variety of animals like giant bugs and wingless birds.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: The point of this book.
* LevelAte: The sailors visit an island with rivers of wine, and an island made entirely out of cheese in a sea of milk. The cheese island is a pun on the Phoenician city of Tyre ("Tyros" in Greek), which is the same as the Greek word for cheese.
* MidSeasonTwist: The explorers go to the moon.
* MisterSeahorse: The lunar people are all men, so this trope naturally appears. The sons grow inside the calves of the men.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The vulture-horses of the moon.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Moon food is the same as human food -- onions, cheese, milk, etc. -- and edible for humans. The moon and sun are located ''within'' the Earth's atmosphere, as people believed at the time, so there's no atmospheric mismatch either.
* OneGenderRace: The lunar people are all male.
* RubberForeheadAliens: Moon People have leaves for ears and tails, removeable eyes and genitals, and only one toe per foot, but otherwise they basically look human.
* StandardHeroReward: Possibly parodied and turned upside-down: Our heroes help the Moon People in their war against the Sun People and are defeated. Nevertheless, the Moon King still rewards the main character with goods and give him his son as a spouse.
* TakeThat: Against Creator/{{Herodotus}} and generally the Greek authorities.
* TallTale: The book is a big TropeMaker for the literary tall tale and had a huge influence on later works in that genre.
* ToBeContinued: The ending. It seems that Lucian never actually wrote a continuation (and probably never intended to).
* UrExample: For ScienceFiction and, possibly, the literary TallTale.
* WombLevel: The belly of the whale.

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