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The Moon Metal

The Moon Metal by Garrett P. Serviss
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Garrett Putnam Serviss (1851-1929) was an astronomer, popularizer of astronomy, and early science fiction writer. Serviss showed a talent for explaining scientific details in a way that made them clear to the ordinary reader. Serviss’s favorite topic was astronomy, as shown by the fact that of the fifteen books he wrote, eight are devoted to that science. He unquestionably was more widely read by the public on that topic than anyone prior to his time. In his private life Serviss was an enthusiastic mountain climber, describing his reaching the summit of the Matterhorn at the age of 43 as part of an effort “to get as far away from terrestrial gravity as possible.” Five of Serviss’s books are science fiction (a term not invented when he wrote).

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THE MOON METAL

By Garrett P. Serviss

CONTENTS

I. SOUTH POLAR GOLD

II. THE MAGICIAN OF SCIENCE

III. THE GRAND TETON MINE

IV. THE WEALTH OF THE WORLD

V. WONDERS OF THE NEW METAL

VI. A STRANGE DISCOVERY

VII. A MYSTERY INDEED!

VIII. MORE OF DR. SYX'S MAGIC

IX. THE DETECTIVE OF SCIENCE

X. THE TOP OF THE GRAND TETON

XI. STRANGE FATE OF A KITE

XII. BETTER THAN ALCHEMY

XIII. THE LOOTING OF THE MOON

XIV. THE LAST OF DR. SYX

THE MOON METAL

I

SOUTH POLAR GOLD

When the news came of the discovery of gold at the south pole, nobody suspected that the beginning had been reached of a new era in the world's history. The newsboys cried "Extra!" as they had done a thousand times for murders, battles, fires, and Wall Street panics, but nobody was excited. In fact, the reports at first seemed so exaggerated and improbable that hardly anybody believed a word of them. Who could have been expected to credit a despatch, forwarded by cable from New Zealand, and signed by an unknown name, which contained such a statement as this:

"A seam of gold which can be cut with a knife has been found within ten miles of the south pole... Continue reading book >>


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