In October 1869 American writer Edward Everett Hale
began serializing his novella, The Brick Moon
, in The Atlantic Monthly.
Narrated by a fictional scientist and presented as a journal, the novella described the construction and launch into orbit of a sphere, 200 feet in diameter built of bricks. Originally intended as a navigation aid, the sphere was accidentally launched with people aboard. The Brick Moon
was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in three parts (October, November and December, 1869)
with the sequel, "Life on the Brick Moon", appearing two months later February, 1870.