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A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future

A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future by John Jacob Astor IV
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"A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future" by John Jacob Astor IV is a captivating science fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling adventure to distant planets and alternate realities. The story follows a group of explorers as they travel to Mars and Venus, encountering strange civilizations and facing challenges that test their courage and ingenuity.

The author's vivid imagination and attention to detail bring the futuristic worlds to life, painting a vivid picture of what life could be like in the distant future. The characters are well-developed and engaging, making it easy for readers to become emotionally invested in their journey.

Overall, "A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future" is a thought-provoking and entertaining read that will appeal to fans of both science fiction and adventure novels. Astor's vision of the future is both exciting and thought-provoking, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the possibilities of the unknown.

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A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future is a science fiction novel by John Jacob Astor IV, published in 1894. The book offers a fictional account of life in the year 2000. It contains abundant speculation about technological invention, including descriptions of a world-wide telephone network, solar power, air travel, space travel to the planets Saturn and Jupiter, and terraforming engineering projects — damming the Arctic Ocean, and adjusting the Earth’s axial tilt (by the Terrestrial Axis Straightening Company). In Astor’s novel, the future United States is a multi-continental superpower. European nations have been taken over by socialist governments, which have sold most of their African colonies to the U.S.; and Canada, Mexico, and the countries of South America have requested annexation. Race conflict is a thing of the past, since the “dark elements” of the American hegemony have died out. Space travel is achieved by linking an airship to a comet. Jupiter proves to be a jungle world, with flesh-eating plants, vampire bats, giant snakes and mastodons, and flying lizards. The Americans discover a wealth of exploitable resources: iron, silver, gold, lead, copper, coal, and oil. Saturn, in contrast, is an ancient world of silent spirits. The spirit beings provide the explorers with foresight of their own deaths.

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