A Journey in Other Worlds

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A Journey in Other Worlds
AuthorJohn Jacob Astor IV
IllustratorDan Beard
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction Speculative fiction Utopian fiction
PublisherD. Appleton & Co.
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages476 pp.

A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future is a science fiction novel by John Jacob Astor IV, published in 1894.[1]


The Callisto was going straight up.

The book offers a fictional account of life in the year 2000. It contains abundant speculation about technological invention, including descriptions of a worldwide telephone network, solar power, air travel, space travel to the planets Saturn and Jupiter, and terraforming engineering projects — damming the Arctic Ocean, and an adjustment of the axial tilt of the Earth (Terra) by the Terrestrial Axis Straightening Company.

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., while Canada, Mexico, and the countries of South America have requested annexation. Space travel is achieved through apergy, an anti-gravitational energy force.

A Battle Royal on Jupiter.

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. These beings provide the explorers with foresight of their own deaths. One of the spirits, a deceased bishop, tells the voyagers about the icy world Cassandra, which orbits the Sun beyond Neptune and is home to the souls of unworthy Earthlings.

Other editions[edit]

A paperback edition of A Journey in Other Worlds was issued in 2003.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pfaelzer, Jean (1984). The Utopian Novel in America 1886–1896: The Politics of Form. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 108–11. ISBN 0-8229-5413-3.
  2. ^ Astor, John Jacob, IV (2003). A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future. Lincoln, NE: Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series, Bison Books. ISBN 0-8032-5949-2.

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