“The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade,” Edgar Allan Poe, 1850

“The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade,” Edgar Allan Poe, 1850 — Opens with the epigraph: “Truth is stranger than fiction.”  In this at times humorous depiction of the telling of the 1002nd tale, Scheherazade relates scientific marvels which the king finds so fantastic and unbelievable–much more so than her 1001 tales–that he has her throttled.

Comments:  Online text at The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.  See H. Bruce Franklin’s commentary in Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century.

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