A continuation of the story The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, commissioned by The New York Evening Journal.
was the cry. "If necessary, we can quit the earth as the Athenians fled from Athens before the advancing host of Xerxes, and like them, take refuge upon our ships--these new ships of space, with which American inventiveness has furnished us."
And then, like a flash, some genius struck out an idea that fired the world.
"Why should we wait? Why should we run the risk of having our cities destroyed and our lands desolated a second time? Let us go to Mars. We have the means. Let us beard the lion in his den. Let us ourselves turn conquerors and take possession of that detestable planet, and if necessary, destroy it in order to relieve the earth of this perpetual threat which now hangs over us like the sword of Damocles."
This enthusiasm would have had but little justification had Mr. Edison done nothing more than invent a machine which could navigate the atmosphere and the regions of interplanetary space.
A good read if a little american-centric. Edison it appears can turn his hand to anything. But despite this and some what would be dodgy science now, it's not a bad read.
His other book Columbus of Space is probably a better read.
Not for the purists but it is a good escapist read.