Balladeer’s Blog’s looks at “ancient” science fiction are always popular. Here are nearly two dozen MORE of those neglected wonders.
A FANTASTICAL EXCURSION INTO THE PLANETS (1839) – By an unknown author. An advanced alien life form makes contact with the novel’s anonymous narrator and takes him on a guided tour of other planets in our solar system. Among other things he encounters angelic creatures on Mercury, warlike males and females on Mars, enormous humanoids on Jupiter and a pack of Lovecraftian horrors on Saturn. For my full review click HERE.
THE SPIDER OF GUYANA (1860) – By Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian. It’s ancient Creature Feature time in this tale set at a health resort in central Europe. Curious patients of the resort discover that the healing waters of the place flow from a cave. Exploring the cave they encounter a gigantic spider, with a war breaking out between the creature and the patients at the resort. For my full review click HERE.
UP IN THE AIR AND DOWN IN THE SEA (1863) – By William S Hayward. Scientific adventurer Victor Volans constructs an advanced lighter than air vessel and flies off over the Pacific Ocean. He finds an island full of monsters, a lost civilization and pioneers deep-sea exploration during which he faces sea monsters. For my full review click HERE.
THE FLYING FISH PROMETHEUS (1870) – By Vilhelm Bergsoe. Set in futuristic 1969, when a canal across Panama has finally been dug. (LMAO) A Danish engineer constructing an underwater tunnel to connect Denmark with Sweden winds up meeting the American crew of the Prometheus, a combined airplane and submarine. Assorted incidents ensue. For my full review click HERE.
THE STRANGE MANUSCRIPT (1881) – By Alexander Pitts Bettersworth. A white couple and a black couple hide in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, hoping to survive the imminent crash of a massive comet on the Earth’s surface. The impact wipes out most of humanity and causes the Earth to tilt on its axis. Amid the subsequent devastation our four leads encounter other survivors and set about rebuilding society. For my full review click HERE.
THE DOMINION IN 1983 (1883) – By Ralph Centennius. In the future year 1983 Canada is THE world power. This novel looks back on the century from 1883-1983 as political changes and scientific progress allowed the proverbial meek to inherit the Earth. Rocketships, new metal alloys, cheap and abundant electricity plus more have made Canada a utopia, with only the despised French-Canadians and those darn evil Slavs threatening domestic and global peace. For my full review click HERE.
THE HISTORY OF AN EXTINCT PLANET (1884) – By Alfred Denton Cridge. A human with the gift of psychometry uses a fallen meteor to mentally witness the entire history of a long-destroyed planet called Utopia. A fascinating look at the rise and fall of civilizations. Almost a Steam-Punk version of A Canticle for Leibowitz. For my full review click HERE.
THE LOG OF THE FLYING FISH (1887) – By Harry Collingwood. A scientist invents a new fuel source and a new metal alloy to construct the Flying Fish, one of the many fictional airplane/ submarine hybrids of ancient science fiction. The scientist and an international crew use their vessel and its high-tech weaponry in fantastic adventures around the world. For my full review click HERE.
TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR (1887) – By Luke T Courteney. Long before Fantastic Voyage this novel depicted an 1880s medical student and his friends getting shrunk down and winding up inside the body of the med student’s uncle. The nearly microscopic sized main characters struggle to survive a trip through the man’s body. For my full review click HERE.
BABYLON ELECTRIFIED (1888) – By Albert Bleunard. An international cast of characters, male and female, design and build a solar-powered railroad from Europe through the Mesopotamian deserts, terminating at the Persian Gulf. When that monumental achievement is done, they build an all-electric city but ultimately culture clashes and political troubles bring on disaster. For my full review click HERE.
FARMING IN THE YEAR 2000 A.D. (1890) – By Edward Berwick. A Bellamy imitation which might better be described as Bellamy fan fiction since it incorporates two characters from Bellamy’s Looking Backward. Electric cars, high-tech farming, global vegetarianism and a completely different social order await mankind in the far-off year 2000. For my full review click HERE.
THREE THOUSAND MILES THROUGH THE CLOUDS (1892) – By Francis W Doughty. Three former Union Army soldiers – two white and one black – travel 3,000 miles in a lighter than air craft before stumbling across a subterranean Lost Civilization. That civilization, called Matabela, was founded centuries earlier by Native Americans and late 1500s English settlers. Matabela boasts advanced technology, massive amounts of precious gems and surviving wooly mammoths, which are ridden for transportation. For my full review click HERE.
MESSAGES FROM MARS (1892) – By Robert D Braine. A shipwrecked sailor washes up on an uncharted island inhabited by a tribe whose village combines the primitive with the futuristic. It turns out that scientific properties of some of the island’s plant life have allowed them to establish contact with Mars. The Martians convey their history and some of their science to the Earthlings, but culture shock may unleash global destruction. For my full review click HERE.
THE AUTOMATIC MAID (1893) – By female author M.L. Campbell. An inventor creates and programs a robotic maid to do all the housework for his wife. Eventually, malfunctions cause the robot to go berserk, destroying the couple’s mansion and rampaging through their neighborhood. For my full review click HERE.
THE PEOPLE OF THE MOON (1895) – By Tremlett Carter. On Earth’s moon live the humanoid Saravan race. Prince Indra, fleeing a forced marriage to an evil countess, takes a ray-gun and an anti-grav suit and heads for adventure. He winds up having to save the beautiful Princess Almida from a race of 50-foot tall giants and the dragons of the moon. For my full review click HERE.
DAYBREAK: A ROMANCE OF AN OLD WORLD (1896) – By James Cowan. After the moon plotzes down onto the Earth, it gets explored amid the aftermath of the global destruction unleashed by this event. Eventually the moon drifts back into space, taking the explorers to Mars, where they meet Martian Christians and learn that Jesus visited there after his resurrection. For my full review click HERE.
A STORY OF THE YEAR 2236 (1900) – By Robert W Cole. A neglected, VERY early Space Opera. By 2236 A.D. humanity has colonized multiple planets across the universe and now has their first encounter with an alien race – the beings of planet Kairet, from the Sirius star system. Eventually a war breaks out between the two races, pitting vast fleets of starships against each other in a war across several galaxies. For my full review click HERE.
TO MARS WITH TESLA (1901) – By Weldon J Cobb. The real-life Nikola Tesla finds himself in an adventure featuring invading Martians plus a mad rival scientist who kidnaps our hero and his assistant. The captives are along for the ride when the madman flies off for the Red Planet. For my full review click HERE.
THE INVISIBLES (1903) – By Edgar Earl Christopher. A secret society called the Invisible Hand is made up of humans trained to wield psychic powers. They clash with the Imperial Russian government around the world and operate out of a hidden cavern lair containing high-tech vehicles and weaponry plus more. For my full review click HERE.
A ROUND TRIP TO THE YEAR 2000 (1903) – By William Wallace Cook. Long before Doc Brown, a scientist transforms an automobile into a time travel machine. He sends a fugitive scientist to the year 2000, where the man has a series of adventures, including involvement in a robot uprising. For my full review click HERE.
ADRIFT IN THE UNKNOWN (1904) – By William Wallace Cook (again). – A scientist and some of his associates fly off to Mercury on the new spaceship the scientist has constructed. They get caught up in a war between futuristic Mercurean city-states which wield high-tech weaponry. For my full review click HERE.
TALES OF TWENTY-HUNDRED (1911) – By William Wallace Cook yet again. – In the year 2050 A.D. a wealthy industrialist and his adventurous fiancee become involved in a futuristic espionage clash between the Quadruple Alliance and the Federated States of South America. All kinds of advanced technology figures into this cross between old Republic serials and the original Doctor Who.
FOR TEN MORE EXAMPLES OF ANCIENT SCIENCE FICTION CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2014/03/03/ten-neglected-examples-of-ancient-science-fiction/
FOR WASHINGTON IRVING’S 1809 depiction of an invasion from the moon click here: https://glitternight.com/2014/05/05/ancient-science-fiction-the-men-of-the-moon-1809-by-washington-irving/
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