List of Tom Swift books

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All books in the various Tom Swift book series. All books are credited to the pseudonym Victor Appleton (or, in the case of the Tom Swift, Jr. series, Victor Appleton II), while the character was created by Edward Stratemeyer for his book packaging house, the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Counterparts to the Tom Swift character and series are later Stratemeyer creations, The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, the former of which Swift crossed over with in the fourth series.

The original Tom Swift series[edit]

The first novels to feature the Tom Swift character were released in 1910 by Grosset & Dunlap. The series was created by Edward Stratemeyer, and written by several ghostwriters in its duration.

The first 38 titles were published by Grosset & Dunlap, with two ghostwriters: Howard Garis wrote the first thirty-five titles, while Harriet Adams wrote the final three. Two more titles were published as apart of the Big Little Book series (by rival Western Publishing), and were ghostwritten by Thomas Moyston Mitchell.


  1. Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle; or, Fun and Adventure on the Road (1910)
  2. Tom Swift and His Motor Boat; or, The Rivals of Lake Carlopa (1910)
  3. Tom Swift and His Airship; or, The Stirring Cruise of the Red Cloud (1910)
  4. Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat; or, Under the Ocean for Sunken Treasure (1910)
  5. Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout; or, The Speediest Car on the Road (1910)
  6. Tom Swift and His Wireless Message; or, The Castaways of Earthquake Island (1911)
  7. Tom Swift Among the Diamond Makers; or, The Secret of Phantom Mountain (1911)
  8. Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice; or, The Wreck of the Airship (1911)
  9. Tom Swift and His Sky Racer; or, The Quickest Flight on Record (1911)
  10. Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle; or, Daring Adventures on Elephant Island (1911)
  11. Tom Swift in the City of Gold; or, Marvelous Adventures Underground (1912)
  12. Tom Swift and His Air Glider; or, Seeking the Platinum Treasure (1912)
  13. Tom Swift in Captivity; or, A Daring Escape by Airship (1912)
  14. Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera; or, Thrilling Adventures While Taking Moving Pictures (1912)
  15. Tom Swift and His Great Searchlight; or, On the Border for Uncle Sam (1912)
  16. Tom Swift and His Giant Cannon; or, The Longest Shots on Record (1913)
  17. Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone; or, The Picture That Saved a Fortune (1914)
  18. Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship; or, The Naval Terror of the Seas (1915)
  19. Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel; or, The Hidden City of the Andes (1916)
  20. Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders; or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold (1917)
  21. Tom Swift and His War Tank; or, Doing His Bit for Uncle Sam (1918)
  22. Tom Swift and His Air Scout; or, Uncle Sam's Mastery of the Sky (1919)
  23. Tom Swift and His Undersea Search; or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic (1920)
  24. Tom Swift Among the Fire Fighters; or, Battling with Flames in the Air (1921)
  25. Tom Swift and His Electric Locomotive; or, Two Miles a Minute on the Rails (1922)
  26. Tom Swift and His Flying Boat; or, Castaways of the Giant Iceberg (1923)
  27. Tom Swift and His Great Oil Gusher; or, The Treasure of Goby Farm (1924)
  28. Tom Swift and His Chest of Secrets; or, Tracing the Stolen Inventions (1925)
  29. Tom Swift and His Airline Express; or, From Ocean to Ocean by Daylight (1926)
  30. Tom Swift Circling the Globe; or, The Daring Cruise of the Air Monarch (1927)
  31. Tom Swift and His Talking Pictures; or, The Greatest Invention on Record (1928)
  32. Tom Swift and His House on Wheels; or, A Trip around the Mountain of Mystery (1929)
  33. Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible; or, Adventures Over the Forest of Fire (1930)
  34. Tom Swift and His Sky Train; or, Overland Through the Clouds (1931)
  35. Tom Swift and His Giant Magnet; or, Bringing Up the Lost Submarine (1932)
  36. Tom Swift and His Television Detector; or, Trailing the Secret Plotters (1933)
  37. Tom Swift and His Ocean Airport; or, Foiling the Haargolanders (1934)
  38. Tom Swift and His Planet Stone; or, Discovering the Secret of Another World (1935)
  39. Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope (1939 — Better Little Book)
  40. Tom Swift and His Magnetic Silencer (1941 — Better Little Book)

Tom Swift Jr.[edit]

Officially titled Tom Swift, Jr., the second series was published by Grosset & Dunlap from 1954 to 1971.[2] Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X and Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung are in the public domain, and are available as downloadable texts from Project Gutenberg.

Titles, authorship, and publication dates
# Title Pub. Ghostwriter
1 Tom Swift and His Flying Lab 1954 William Dougherty
2 Tom Swift and His Jetmarine John Almquist
3 Tom Swift and His Rocket Ship
4 Tom Swift and His Giant Robot Richard Sklar
5 Tom Swift and His Atomic Earth Blaster James Duncan Lawrence
6 Tom Swift and His Outpost in Space 1955
7 Tom Swift and His Diving Seacopter 1956
8 Tom Swift in the Caves of Nuclear Fire Thomas Mulvey
9 Tom Swift on the Phantom Satellite James Duncan Lawrence
10 Tom Swift and His Ultrasonic Cycloplane 1957
11 Tom Swift and His Deep-Sea Hydrodome 1958
12 Tom Swift in the Race to the Moon
13 Tom Swift and His Space Solartron
14 Tom Swift and His Electronic Retroscope 1959
15 Tom Swift and His Spectromarine Selector 1960
16 Tom Swift and the Cosmic Astronauts
17 Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X 1961
18 Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung
19 Tom Swift and His Triphibian Atomicar 1962
20 Tom Swift and His Megascope Space Prober
21 Tom Swift and the Asteroid Pirates 1963
22 Tom Swift and His Repelatron Skyway
23 Tom Swift and His Aquatomic Tracker 1964
24 Tom Swift and His 3-D Telejector
25 Tom Swift and His Polar-Ray Dynasphere 1965
26 Tom Swift and His Sonic Boom Trap
27 Tom Swift and His Subocean Geotron 1966
28 Tom Swift and the Mystery Comet
29 Tom Swift and the Captive Planetoid 1967
30 Tom Swift and His G-Force Inverter 1968 Thomas Mulvey
31 Tom Swift and His Dyna-4 Capsule 1969 Richard McKenna
32 Tom Swift and His Cosmotron Express 1970
33 Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts 1971 Vincent Buranelli

Tom Swift (1981)[edit]

The third Tom Swift series was launched following the Stratemeyer Syndicate moving publishers to Simon & Schuster. The series was published under the publisher's Wanderer imprint (as were the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books at the time), and lasted from 1981 to 1984. This series took place in outer space and featured fan-favorite character Aristotle the Robot, who was introduced in the second volume.

The series was cancelled in 1984, when Simon & Schuster bought the Syndicate. Two titles — Chaos on Earth and The Micro World — were written by Neal Barrett, but not published before its cancellation. The manuscripts of the two titles are in the Syndicate's archives, which are held at the New York Public Library.

Titles, authorship, and publication dates
# Title Pub. Ghostwriter
1 The City in the Stars 1981 William Rotsler & Sharmon Divono[3]
2 Terror on the Moons of Jupiter
3 The Alien Probe
4 The War in Outer Space
5 The Astral Fortress
6 The Rescue Mission 1982
7 Ark Two Neal Barrett, Jr.
8 Crater of Mystery 1983 Mike McQuay[4]
9 Gateway to Doom Bob Vardeman
10 The Invisible Force Neal Barrett, Jr.
11 Planet of Nightmares 1984 Mike MacQuay

Tom Swift (1991)[edit]

The fourth Tom Swift series was created as a counterpart to The Nancy Drew Files and The Hardy Boys Casefiles spin-offs, and was published by Archway from 1991 to 1993. The series had two books which crossed over with the Hardy Boys, a sub-series titled Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra ThrillersTime Bomb (August 1992) and The Alien Factor (June 1993).

Titles, authorship, and publication dates
# Title Pub. Ghostwriter
1 The Black Dragon April 1991 Bill McCay
2 The Negative Zone
3 Cyborg Kickboxer June 1991 Steven Grant
4 The DNA Disaster August 1991 F. Gwynplaine MacIntrye
5 Monster Machine October 1991 Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
6 Aquatech Warriors December 1991
7 Moonstalker February 1992
8 The Microbots April 1992 Robert E. Vardeman
9 Fire Biker June 1992
10 Mind Games October 1992 Bruce Holland Rogers
11 Mutant Beach December 1992 Robert E. Vardeman
12 Death Quake February 1993 Bridget McKenna
13 Quantum Force April 1993

Tom Swift: Young Inventor[edit]

The fifth series to feature the Tom Swift character was published by Aladdin from 2006 to 2007. The series served as a counterpart to Nancy Drew: Girl Detective and The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers series, both of which were reboots of their original series. Like its counterparts, a big part of the reboot was that titles were now written in first-person narration.

The series was cancelled in late 2007, while its counterparts were rebooted into trilogies. A seventh title, Extraterrestrial Highway, was planned for publication in February 2008; however, it ultimately remained unpublished. There are ISBN's registered for volumes 8-11 in this series, but the titles and status of the manuscripts are unknown.

Titles and publication dates
# Title Released
1 Into the Abyss June 1, 2006 (2006-06-01)
2 The Robot Olympics
3 The Space Hotel October 10, 2006 (2006-10-10)
4 Rocket Racers January 23, 2007 (2007-01-23)
5 On Top of the World May 22, 2007 (2007-05-22)
6 Under the Radar October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)

Tom Swift Inventors' Academy[edit]

The sixth series to feature the Tom Swift character will by launched by Aladdin in July 2019. It is set to feature a young Swift, who attends a boarding school for young inventors and scientists. This series, a counterpart to the Hardy Boys Adventures and Nancy Drew Diaries series, will continue to be in first-person narration, and will be published in eBook, paperback, and hardcover.

Titles and publication dates
# Title Released
1 The Drone Pursuit[5] July 2, 2019 (2019-07-02)
2 The Sonic Breach[5]
3 Restricted Access[6] October 22, 2019 (2019-10-22)


  1. ^ "The Complete Tom Swift Sr. Home Page". Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  2. ^ "The Complete Tom Swift Jr. Home Page". Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  3. ^ "News archive". Locus. November 1997. Retrieved June 10, 2008.
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