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A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future

John Jacob Astor

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Fiction, Science fiction

An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

What did our ancestors dream of when they gazed up at the stars and looked beyond the present?

A Journey in Other Worlds races far ahead of the nineteenth century to imagine what life would be like in the year 2000. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Earth is effectively a corporate technocracy, with big businesses using incredible advances in science to improve life on the planet as a whole. Seeking other planets habitable for the growing human population, the spaceship Callisto, powered by an antigravitational force known as apergy, embarks on a momentous tour of the solar system. Jupiter proves to be a wilderness paradise, full of threatening beasts and landscapes of inspired beauty, where the explorers must fight for their lives. Dangers less tangible but equally deadly await the Callisto crew on Saturn, which yields profound secrets about their fate and the ultimate destiny of mankind.

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John Jacob Astor

John Jacob Astor (1864-1912)
John Jacob Astor was an American man of many professions: businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer and lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American war. He was born in Rhinebeck, New York and attended St Paul's school in Concord, New Hampshire, and later Harvard University. Astor patented several inventions, including a bicycle brake, a storage battery, a pneumatic road-improver and he helped develop a turbine engine. His fascination with science led him to begin writing his only novel, A Journey in Other Worlds, at the age of 28. He lost his life in the sinking of the RMS Titanic, after helping his pregnant wife into a lifeboat.

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