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A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future

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What did our ancestors dream of when they gazed up at the stars and looked beyond the present? Wildly imaginative but grounded in reasoned scientific speculation, 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, ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Bison Books (first published January 1st 1894)
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Sarah Stegall
I think John Jacob Astor IV would have been fascinated by the machine that killed him. One hundred years ago, the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after being struck by an iceberg. Many people know that Astor was one of the victims, but most do not know that he was also the world's wealthiest science fiction author. Astor, the fourth of his name, inherited great wealth but also created plenty of his own. His real estate ventures include the building of the Astoria Hotel "the world's most l ...more
Debbie Zapata
Sep 30, 2014 Debbie Zapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
What do you do if you are one of the wealthiest men in the world and you are bored with your normal day to day activities? If you are John Jacob Astor, you write a book that will share your vision of what life will be like in far away year 2000.

The Terrestrial Axis Straightening Company will be hard at work to correct the tilt of the Earth and therefore provide a more temperate climate, and your three heroes will travel for six whole months in outer space, having grand adventures on both Jupite
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Pam
Jul 11, 2014 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction, scifi
I really enjoy reading old futuristic stories and seeing what people got right and how they got things wrong--and also reminding myself that all of our favorite hard scifi will one day sound as dated as this book does, and wondering what people will be able to infer about us from the values we project on our visions of the future.

The perspective of this book is so very 19th century, rich, white, American, well-educated. It has manifest destiny written all over it. All of the countries of the Ame
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Perry Whitford
Welcome to the future!

Welcome to a world where the infallible progress of science and the boundless benevolence of American ingenuity will lead to the straightening of the Earth's axis, bringing about an endless spring for everyone!

Welcome to, er ... the year 2000!

Well, that's the risk all science fiction writers run in predicting the future - trying to look clever but ending up looking like a fool. Astor, writing in 1894, does that a lot here. Take the discovery of 'apergy', a force akin but
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Rena Searles
May 17, 2015 Rena Searles rated it it was ok
Had a real hard time staying awake through this one. A futuristic fantasy of the first voyage into space and the exploration of Jupiter. So much detail, both scientific and philosophical, was difficult to navigate the long stretches of explanations. Some entertaining bits and comical visioning......
M.G. Mason
He is known as the most high-profile victim of the Titanic disaster that happened 100 years ago last week. Philanthropist, businessman and part of the American high society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, John Jacob Astor IV published this futuristic tale in 1894 about a journey around our solar system and man's attempts to colonise his neighbours. I am absolutely astounded by the vision of the future that he created and the technologies he envisaged would exist in the year 2000:

* Sol
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Richard Abbott
Aug 05, 2014 Richard Abbott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A Journey in Other Worlds is a science fiction book published in 1894 and available these days in Kindle format, and describes a space journey taking place in the year 2000. I came across it through a Google+ post by a friend.

It is definitely of the old science fiction school in which the appeal of the book was reckoned to be in the lavish detail supplied of future inventions and society. I realised that EE “Doc” Smith (writing from around 1920 onwards) was following in the same pattern. They sh
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Cinnamingirl
Feb 25, 2012 Cinnamingirl rated it liked it
Recommends it for: scientists, people interested in physics...
I'm listening to this while knitting... and I'm kinda tempted to stop it, because its full of a lot of science that is honestly a bit boring. And it's talking about a lot of climate change, which, while the idea of a planet having eternal spring by the process of changing the pole oceans every 6 months... I just can't imagine the havoc that would wreak on the ecosystem. I'm also not really sure that it's the heaviness of the pole oceans that keeps the Earth's axis tilted. Still, it started out w ...more
Lisa
Apr 03, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
John Jacob Astor is best known for being the richest man to go down with the Titanic, but he should be better known for his science fiction. This is a great work of early science fiction and is an interesting story of exploration, not just the exploration of Jupiter and Saturn, but the exploration of how science and religion can co-exist. I have studied the history of the biological sciences, but wish I knew more about the history of the physical sciences so I could better appreciate the world h ...more
Wreade1872
Nope.. can't do it, i can't give this 2 stars. Part of me wants to, it has some interesting sci-fi elements and alien critters but its just too awful.
It's very dry and boring most of the time with an overly scientific style that also reacts very badly with the story, which is so unscientific. When its not being mind numbingly boring the characterization seems to be from a really bad pulp.
Then there's the religious stuff which manages to be both terrible on its own and still as dull as the scienc
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Trish
Okay, so the first thing to say is that this needs to be treated as either fantasy, or science fiction dealing with exploration outside the Solar System (despite the adventures supposedly being on Jupiter, Saturn and Mars). The distance between Astor's imagination and scientific reality as we now know/believe it to be is immense, and therefore the "science" needs to be taken in the same spirit as Jules Verne or HG Wells. It is interesting to see what he thought the world would be like in 2000AD. ...more
Geoff
Oct 25, 2016 Geoff rated it it was ok
I could not finish the book, as I lost interest. It started off exciting, and I liked that it tried to use hard science (for the time period). So I started off enjoying the book, but it jumped around, and the hard science explanations of this sci-fi tale started to get tedious. And this book started running longer than I would have liked. So, after sitting on my shelf abandoned for months, I decided to give up. It gets two stars as it is different, and that was an experience, so I was glad I tri ...more
Marsha
Mar 07, 2015 Marsha rated it liked it
Rather odd. Much less science in this fiction than, say, Jules Verne or H. G. Wells.
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John Jacob Astor IV, American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War, and a prominent member of the Astor family. Died on the Titanic's maiden voyage.
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