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A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future

John Jacob Astor IV (1864-1912)

1. 01 – Preface and Book1, Chapter 1: Jupiter
2. 02 – Book1, Chapter 2: Antecedental
3. 03 – Book1, Chapter 3: President Bearwarden’s Speech
4. 04 – Book 1, Chapter 4: Professor Cortland’s Historical Sketch of the World in A. D. 2000
5. 05 – Book 1, Chapter 5: Doctor Cortland’s History Continued
6. 06 – Book 1, Chapter 6: Far-Reaching Plans
7. 07 – Book 1, Chapter 7: Hard At Work
8. 08 – Book 1, Chapter 8: Good-Bye
9. 09 – Book 2, Chapter 1: The Last of the Earth
10. 10 – Book 2, Chapter 2: Space and Mars
11. 11 – Book 2, Chapter 3: Heavenly Bodies
12. 12 – Book 2, Chapter 4: Preparing To Alight
13. 13 – Book 2, Chapter 5: Exploration and Excitement
14. 14 – Book 2, Chapter 6: Mastodon and Will-O’-The_Wisp
15. 15 – Book 2, Chapter 7: An Unseen Hunter
16. 16 – Book 2, Chapter 8: Sportsmens Reveries
17. 17 – Book 2, Chapter 9: The Honey of Death
18. 18 – Book 2, Chapter 10: Changing Landscapes
19. 19 – Book 2, Chapter 11: A Jovian Niagara
20. 20 – Book 2, Chapter 12: Hills and Valleys
21. 21 – Book 2, Chapter 13: North-Polar Discoveries
22. 22 – Book 2, Chapter 14: The Scene Shifts
23. 23 – Book 3, Chapter 1: Saturn
24. 24 – Book 3, Chapter 2: The Spirit’s First Visit
25. 25 – Book 3, Chapter 3: Doubts and Philosophy
26. 26 – Book 3, Chapter 4: A Providential Intervention
27. 27 – Book 3, Chapter 5: Ayrault’s Vision
28. 28 – Book 3, Chapter 6: A Great Void and A Great Longing
29. 29 – Book 3, Chapter 7: The Spirit’s Second Visit
30. 30 – Book 3, Chapter 8: Cassandra and Cosmology
31. 31 – Book 3, Chapter 9: Dr. Cortlandt Sees His Grave
32. 32 – Book 3, Chapter 10: Ayrault
33. 33 – Book 3, Chapter 11: Dreamland To Shadowland
34. 34 – Book 3, Chapter 12: Sheol
35. 35 – Book 3, Chapter 13: The Priest’s Sermon
36. 36 – Book 3, Chapter 14: Hic Ille Jacet
37. 37 – Book 3, Chapter 15: Mother Earth

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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.