A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future

A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future

A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future

A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future


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, 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. Thoughtful, adventurous, and replete with a dazzling array of futuristic devices, A Journey in Other Worlds is a classic, unforgettable story of utopias and humankind's restless exploration of the stars.


By the late nineteenth century the name “Astor” had become synonymous with American aristocracy, although John Jacob Astor IV’s first American ancestor was a penniless German immigrant in 1763.

The first John Jacob Astor was a merciless money-making machine, a fur trader exploiting the virgin resources of the American continent and then branching out into real estate. In his final illness he found time to send an order that a poor widow be thrown out of her apartment for arrears of rent; his son, our author’s grandfather, sent his butler to her with a few coins so that the old miser could die happy! One is reminded of the aphorism that a rich man is not necessarily a thief, though he may be descended from a thief as kings are usually descended from lucky pirates.

Col. John Jacob Astor IV—whose military title was derived from service in the Spanish-American War—was born in Rhinebeck, New York, on 13 Julieve bestseller status, A Journey in Other Worlds. Or perhaps proto– science fiction would be a better description of this curious work: to begin with, note the odd title. Astor wrote of a journey in other worlds, rather than a journey to them.

Astor’s characters use the first fictive rendition of an anti-gravity device—the scientific bafflegab is no better or worse than many heard on . . .

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