Appearing in 1820, the pseudonymously written "Symzonia" is one of the earliest science fiction novels published in the United States. Based on the hollow earth theories of John Cleve... More > Symmes that were popular at the time, the novel chronicles an expedition through one of the great polar openings and into the mysterious inner world. The author uses this device to comment on and satirize contemporary society, government and mores. The text is accompanied by extensive supplementary and biographical material. Illustrated.< Less
Originally published in French in 1906, this classic science fiction novel was immensely popular, going through many printings over the following decades. It was one of the first novels to talk about... More > using radioactive materials (specifically radium) as a a weapon and interplanetary radio communication. Galopin's Martians are the literary ancestors of the "Greys" of today's UFO cults and it has been suggested that Doctor Omega himself may have been the inspiration for Doctor Who.
This is the first complete, unabridged English translation Doctor Omega. It includes all the original illustrations as well.< Less
Ralph 124C41+ is at one and the same time one of the most famous works of early science fiction and one of the most reviled. While it certainly lacks any qualities as literature it does offer a... More > fascinating and extraordinarily detailed glimpse into the future world of 2660 AD as seen from 1911. Additionally, this was the first work of fiction by one of the pioneers of modern science fiction, Hugo Gernsback, who, more than a decade later, was to found the first magazine devoted to the genre. Illustrated, with afterword.< Less
One of the earliest space fantasies published in the United States, this anonymous story (as by "an aerio-nautical man") appeared in 1844 in two installments in the Southern Literary... More > Messenger, a magazine now famous for having introduced Edgar Allan Poe to the world. "Recollection" tells of a fantastical trip to the moon and the strange nations and peoples that are discovered there.< Less