A Journey in Other Worlds
|Author||John Jacob Astor IV|
|Genre||Science fiction Speculative fiction Utopian fiction|
|Publisher||D. Appleton & Co.|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
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 adjusting the Earth's (Terra) 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. Space travel is achieved through apergy, an anti-gravitational energy force.
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. From one of the spirits, a deceased bishop, the voyagers are told about the icy world Cassandra, which orbits the Sun beyond Neptune, and is home to the souls of unworthy Earthlings.
A paperback edition of A Journey in Other Worlds was issued in 2003.
- 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.
- 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.