On the first day of July, 1908, a scene which was destined to become historic took place in the great Lecture Theatre in the Imperial College at Potsdam. It was just a year and a few days after the swimming race between John Castellan and the Englishman in Clifden Bay.
There were four people present. The doors were locked and guarded by two sentries outside. The German Emperor, Count Herold von Steinitz, Chancellor of the Empire, Field-Marshal Count Friedrich von Moltke, grandson of the great Organiser of Victory, and John Castellan, were standing round a great glass tank, twenty-five feet long, and fifteen broad, supported on a series of trestles. The tank was filled with water up to within about six inches of the upper edge. The depth was ten feet. A dozen models of battleships, cruisers and torpedo craft were floating on the surface of the water. Five feet under the surface, a grey, fish-shaped craft with tail and fins, almost exactly resembling those of a flying fish, was d
* An advanced flying / submarine is created and sold to Germany.
* Germany and other European powers instigate war against England.
* England has one super ship, unknown to the enemy, but it cannot fly.
* War is terrible, but an astronomer has worst news. A comet is headed for a collision with earth.
* Brothers and lovers are on opposite sides.
* How do you convince world powers to stop warring and address the danger from space.
* War among nations is perilous, but the comet is a world peril.