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This first of two omnibus collections of pulp classics by science fiction pioneer Garrett P. Serviss, which originally appeared in the pages of The All-Story magazine. In A Columbus of Space, a trip to Venus brings a group of explorers into contact with the inhabitants of that mysterious planet… and if they can survive the dangers they pose, they’ll need to figure out an escape back to Earth. An early science fiction classic. The Moon Metal: a mysterious doctor offers the world a new financial standard: the rare metal, artemsium. But just what is the secret of this new metal?
These two stories first appeared as serials in 1905 and 1909 in The All Story. Both were reprinted in Amazing Stories in 1926, with artwork added that is included here. "The Moon Metal was reprinted yet again in Famous Fantastic Mysteries in 1939.
Garrett Putnam Serviss (1851 – 1929) was an American astronomer, popularizer of astronomy, and early science fiction writer. Serviss was born in upstate New York and majored in science at Cornell University. He took a law degree at Columbia University but never worked as an attorney. Instead, in 1876 he joined the staff of The New York Sun newspaper, working as a journalist until 1892 under editor Charles Dana.
Serviss showed a talent for explaining scientific details in a way that made them clear to the ordinary reader, leading Andrew Carnegie to invite him to deliver The Urania Lectures in 1894 on astronomy, cosmology, geology, and related matters. With Carnegie's financial backing, these lectures were illustrated with magic lantern slides and other effects to show eclipses, presumed lunar landscapes, and much else. Serviss toured the United States for over two years delivering these lectures, then settled down to become a popular speaker in the New York area. He also wrote a syndicated newspaper column devoted to astronomy and other sciences and wrote frequently for the leading magazines of the day.
Serviss' favorite topic was astronomy, and of the fifteen books he wrote, eight are devoted to it. He unquestionably was more widely read by the public on that topic than anyone prior to his time. He worked with Max and Dave Fleischer on The Einstein Theory of Relativity (1923), a short silent film released in connection with one of Serviss' books. He also wrote six works of fiction in his lifetime, all of which would today be classified as science fiction. Five of these were novels, and one was a short story.
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Item Code COLSP Publisher Steeger Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781618274281 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x9 # Pages 292pg Color Text/b&w
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