the World, as we Know 't," which begins with an inspired opening line: "The neptunists
and vulcanists were going at it hammer and tongs." Even better, the story, like Le Guin and Attebery's collection, lives up to its initial promise.
, and racists (such as Gobineau, Cuvier, and Renan, who created hierarchies of civilizations based on skin color) aroused Flaubert's skepticism, more baldly displayed in Bouvard et Pecuchet.
Although it is unclear what Knox's views were, it is probable that he sided with the Neptunists
, given his involvement with the Kirwanian Society.
The source of ore elements has been debated since the first confrontations between Plutonists and Neptunists
about 220 years ago, and the debate continues to this day.