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Gulliver. Gulliver was created by Jonathan Swift and appeared in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships (1726). The Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy wrote Utazas Faremidoba (1916) and Capillaria (1922), two unauthorized sequels to Gulliver’s Travels.

In Utazas Faremidoba Gulliver, still alive in 1914, joins the Royal Navy. His ship is torpedoed, but Gulliver is saved by a strange flying machine which takes him to another world outside our solar system. This world is inhabited by living machines. The machines are peaceful, benevolent, and culturally and technologically advanced, but they see organic life as a disease, a point of view which their observation of Earth and humanity’s behavior has confirmed. Gulliver admits that the machines are correct and even asks them to improve him, but they are unable to and return him to Earth. Back among his family, he once again sees humanity as the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface of the Earth. In the sequel Gulliver returns to sea with the Navy. His ship is sunk, but he finds that he can breathe at the bottom of the sea, and finds a society in which the women are sensualists who literally consume their male counterparts.

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