A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future

John Jacob ASTOR IV (1864 - 1912)

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. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Preface and Book 1, Chapter 1: Jupiter Tom Weiss
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Play 02 02 - Book 1, Chapter 2: Antecedental Tom Weiss
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Play 03 03 - Book 1, Chapter 3: President Bearwarden's Speech Tom Weiss
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Play 04 04 - Book 1, Chapter 4: Professor Cortland's Historical Sketch of the World in A. D. 2000 Tom Weiss
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Play 05 05 - Book 1, Chapter 5: Doctor Cortland's History Continued Tom Weiss
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Play 06 06 - Book 1, Chapter 6: Far-Reaching Plans Tom Weiss
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Play 07 07 - Book 1, Chapter 7: Hard At Work Tom Weiss
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Play 08 08 - Book 1, Chapter 8: Good-Bye Tom Weiss
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Play 09 09 - Book 2, Chapter 1: The Last of the Earth Tom Weiss
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Play 10 10 - Book 2, Chapter 2: Space and Mars Tom Weiss
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Play 11 11 - Book 2, Chapter 3: Heavenly Bodies Tom Weiss
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Play 12 12 - Book 2, Chapter 4: Preparing To Alight Tom Weiss
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Play 13 13 - Book 2, Chapter 5: Exploration and Excitement Tom Weiss
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Play 14 14 - Book 2, Chapter 6: Mastodon and Will-O'-The_Wisp Tom Weiss
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Play 15 15 - Book 2, Chapter 7: An Unseen Hunter Tom Weiss
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Play 16 16 - Book 2, Chapter 8: Sportsmens Reveries Tom Weiss
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Play 17 17 - Book 2, Chapter 9: The Honey of Death Tom Weiss
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Play 18 18 - Book 2, Chapter 10: Changing Landscapes Tom Weiss
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Play 19 19 - Book 2, Chapter 11: A Jovian Niagara Tom Weiss
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Play 20 20 - Book 2, Chapter 12: Hills and Valleys Tom Weiss
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Play 21 21 - Book 2, Chapter 13: North-Polar Discoveries Tom Weiss
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Play 22 22 - Book 2, Chapter 14: The Scene Shifts Tom Weiss
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Play 23 23 - Book 3, Chapter 1: Saturn Tom Weiss
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Play 24 24 - Book 3, Chapter 2: The Spirit's First Visit Tom Weiss
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Play 25 25 - Book 3, Chapter 3: Doubts and Philosophy Tom Weiss
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Play 26 26 - Book 3, Chapter 4: A Providential Intervention Tom Weiss
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Play 27 27 - Book 3, Chapter 5: Ayrault's Vision Tom Weiss
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Play 28 28 - Book 3, Chapter 6: A Great Void and A Great Longing Tom Weiss
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Play 29 29 - Book 3, Chapter 7: The Spirit's Second Visit Tom Weiss
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Play 30 30 - Book 3, Chapter 8: Cassandra and Cosmology Tom Weiss
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Play 31 31 - Book 3, Chapter 9: Dr. Cortlandt Sees His Grave Tom Weiss
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Play 32 32 - Book 3, Chapter 10: Ayrault Tom Weiss
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Play 33 33 - Book 3, Chapter 11: Dreamland To Shadowland Tom Weiss
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Play 34 34 - Book 3, Chapter 12: Sheol Tom Weiss
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Play 35 35 - Book 3, Chapter 13: The Priest's Sermon Tom Weiss
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Play 36 36 - Book 3, Chapter 14: Hic Ille Jacet Tom Weiss
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Play 37 37 - Book 3, Chapter 15: Mother Earth Tom Weiss
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