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(1886) Sci-fi (Invention) / Adventure (Hostage) / Mystery (Disappearance)


Prequel to 'The Master of the World'.


R: * * * * *


Plot bullets

A rather animated meeting of the Weldon Institute is interrupted by a man, who refers to himself only as Robur.
Not only does Robur belittle the institutes current controversy, concerning where the propeller should be placed on a 'lighter than air craft' (dirigible), he states that 'heavier than air craft' is the future of air flight.
The young attendees rebuke him when he says that he has conquered the air. They call hem 'Robur the Conqueror'.
Robur kidnaps the institute's two professors and proceeds on an around the world air journey in his 'heavier than air' ship the Albatross.
Nothing is known of their abduction and it appears that the flight is more than a 'proof of concept' flight or even mere revenge.
The freedom and lives of the two professors are at the mercy of 'Robur the Conqueror'.

05/22/2014
(1939) Essay / Travel / Non-fiction


R: * * * * *



Plot bullets

Harvard Professor Brown, chooses to travel by train to conduct his lectures a various colleges.
He writes his observations as he travels in the early to middle 1930's.
He writes of things, places, and people, both big and small, wealth and poverty.
In the aftermath of the depression, he finds a vast dispersion between the haves and have-nots.

05/20/2014
(1937) Sci-fi (Utopian, Astro mind travel




R: ***


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A man lays down in a meadow and ponders the universe.
His mind wanders, not on past events, but to the future and different worlds.

Written well and very imaginative. However, I got
tired of the repetitive visits to yet another world, star, or galaxy: each time
describing beings, technology, politics and customs. It is a Utopian theme overload. Best read, a little at a time.
10/09/2013
* As a detective, you come across two interlaced cases.

* Where have the young girls gone?

* Where have the horses gone?

* Who shot at you and others?

* Are the mysterious occurrences at nearby towns, related?
06/05/2012
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