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Post by sjmarky » July 17th, 2015, 12:25 pm

RuthieG wrote:New on Project Gutenberg:

Lord Tedric by E. E. Smith
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49462

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Post by Tortilla » July 19th, 2015, 9:33 am

Awesome! Thank you~
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Post by gweeks » July 27th, 2015, 4:26 am

A Man Obsessed by Alan Edward Nourse

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49531

This just posted. It's an early version of what became Mercy Men several years later.

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Post by Tortilla » July 27th, 2015, 4:32 pm

Updated the list, thank you. :)
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Post by gweeks » August 9th, 2015, 5:36 am

Newly posted to Project Gutenberg.

Tedric by E. E. Smith

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49651

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Post by Elizabby » August 9th, 2015, 6:09 am

Thanks for posting! Mark has already seen this and recorded it! (It's only a short story, really.)

It's in the catalogue here: https://librivox.org/lord-tedric-by-e-e-smith/ :9:

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Post by sjmarky » August 9th, 2015, 8:07 am

Yeah, different story from Lord Tedric. Would have been better to have done them together, but oh well. I'm booked solid, so if anybody else wants to grab this one...
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Post by Tortilla » August 10th, 2015, 10:43 am

I posted a couple more suggestions! :) Thank you, guys!
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Post by gweeks » August 13th, 2015, 7:45 am

The Machine That Floats by Joe Gibson

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49693

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Post by RuthieG » August 16th, 2015, 3:19 am

Fifteen Hundred Miles An Hour by Charles Dixon, published in 1895. The identity of the author seems unclear. Both the British Library and University of Oxford seem to think it is Charles Dixon (1858 - 1926) the British ornithologist. This seems a bit unlikely, as his whole life seems to be about birds, but who knows?

This novel purports to be from the manuscripts of a Dr. Hermann, a member of the Royal, the Astronomical, and the Geographical Societies, who disappeared mysteriously and was never seen again.
First, as to my means of conveyance. I have here a design for an air carriage, propelled by electricity, capable of being steered in any direction, and of attaining the stupendous speed of fifteen hundred miles per hour. It can be made large enough to afford all necessary accommodation for at least six persons, and its attendant apparatus is capable of administering to their every requirement. Here is a model of the machine.
And off he and his companions go... to Mars!

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/49713

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Post by edhumpal » August 18th, 2015, 7:59 am

The Conquest of the Moon (by the British Empire!)

http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008611866

Edit: or something. Don't trust my "summary" - that was based on some illustrations I saw that made me look for the book. Started it, and so far its swarming with French diplomats in the Mideast.

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Post by edhumpal » August 20th, 2015, 10:18 am

The Conquest of the Moon: A Story of the Bayouda (linked to above) by Paschal Grousset 1889

From Wikipedia: One of Grousset's most interesting science fiction novels was Les Exilés de la Terre — Selene-Company Limited* (1887), probably one of the most fanciful cosmic tales of all times. In it, a consortium which intends to exploit the Moon’s mineral resources decides that, since our satellite is too far to be reached, it must be brought closer to the Earth. A Sudanese mountain composed of pure iron ore becomes the headquarters of the newly established Selene Company. Solar reflectors are used to provide the energy required to convert the mountain into a huge electro-magnet, with miles of cables wrapped around it. A spaceship-cum-observatory is then built on top of the mountain. When the experiment begins, the mountain is ripped away from the Earth and catapulted to the Moon. There, the protagonists have various adventures and eventually return to Earth by re-energizing the mountain.

* my footnote: published in English as The Conquest of the Moon

More on the author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_Grousset

Although I had fun chasing this down, I don't intend to read it, and anyone who likes Jules Verne should jump right in.

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Post by Tortilla » August 20th, 2015, 11:41 am

All added. :)
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Post by annise » August 20th, 2015, 1:02 pm

edhumpal wrote:The Conquest of the Moon (by the British Empire!)

http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008611866

Edit: or something. Don't trust my "summary" - that was based on some illustrations I saw that made me look for the book. Started it, and so far its swarming with French diplomats in the Mideast.
I can't access this but it does say the English version was published 1975 , so that would need to be checked .

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Post by edhumpal » August 21st, 2015, 3:08 am

The scan on Hathi is 1889. The mention of the 1975 edition is under "similar items."

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