A stunning trip across the galaxy and into the future
Focusing on Richard Ayrault, a stockholder of the Terrestrial Axis Straightening Company, A Journey in Other Worlds takes readers across the solar system to Jupiter and Saturn. On Jupiter, Astor creates a fantastically outsize world of gushing volcanoes, crashing waterfalls, and otherworldly flora and fauna. In contrast, his Saturn is an introspective and philosophical land. While Ayrault’s journey is the main attraction, it is Astor’s vision of a future with maglev trains, a police force equipped with cameras, and an interconnected network of phones, solar power, wind power, and air travel that will astonish.
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John Jacob Astor IV (1864–1912) was a member of the prominent Astor family and a man who made his mark in many different fields. In literature, he wrote science fiction such as A Journey in Other Worlds; in industry, he invented a bicycle brake and helped develop a turbine engine; and in real estate, he built the Astoria Hotel. Astor’s life was tragically cut short by the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.