Across the Zodiac
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A trip to Mars leads to the discovery of a utopia/dystopia. Introduced the word "astronaut" to the English language.
A novel ahead of its time in many ways, Percy Greg’s amazing 1880 work Across the Zodiac tells the story of a daring adventure that humans still dream of—a manned voyage to Mars. Although we have yet to replicate the journey that Greg’s hero undertakes, many of the details that Greg envisioned in his novel seem drawn from the modern realities of space travel. The first person to describe space voyagers as “astronauts,” Greg anticipates futuristic devices and phenomena that are uncannily like those used by international space programs today. And yet, when he reaches the surface of the Red Planet, what lies in store for Greg’s astronaut is still beyond our wildest dreams. Follow in the hero’s footsteps as he begins to explore the very strange civilization that he encounters on Mars, discovering wondrous sights and sounds at every step of the way. This story is full of such incredible depictions that you’ll be forced to double-check the publication date—and yes, it is 1880. Across the Zodiac is a treat for science-fiction fans everywhere.
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CHAPTER I - SHIPWRECK.
Once only, in the occasional travelling of thirty years, did I lose any important article of luggage; and that loss occurred, not under the haphazard, devil-take-the-hindmost confusion of English, or the elaborate misrule of Continental journeys, but through the absolute ...
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