A Journey In Other Worlds by John Jacob Astor IV:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

This book describes life in the year 2000. The United States is a global superpower; a wide variety of inventions are described (see below!)


('A Journey in Other Worlds' by John Jacob Astor IV)

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Aeriduct (Rain Maker) - watch for showers
A specific means of producing rain.

Arctic Signal Light
A means of communicating with spacecraft from the surface of the Earth.

Double-Door Vestibule
A special doorway leading from the interior of a spacecraft leading out into space which maintains the air pressure within the craft.

Electric Car Recharging Station
A public place for recharging electric cars.

Electric Phaetons (Electric Cars)
Vehicles whose motive power is entirely derived from electricity.

Electric Protection-Wires (Electrified Fence)
An electric fence.

Global Climate Control
Adjust the Earth's axis so the seasons are more temperate and uniform.

Instantaneous Kodaks (Traffic Control)
Use of cameras to help police officers enforce speed limits.

Magnetic Eyes
A device that permits remote monitoring of people or other objects.

Magnetic Railroads
A scheme for powering railroads using enormous electromagnets.

Marine Spider (Hydrofoil)
A very early mention of the hydrofoil concept.

Rooftop Windmill - renewable energy vision
Renewable energy source for the home.

Solar Power Generation
A very early description of the use of solar powered 'farms' for generating electrical power on a large scale.

Space-ship - first use in fiction
A space-going vessel.

Vehicle Energy Reclamation
Reclaiming the energy gained by climbing a hill on the way back down.

Windmill Mast
Enclosed machinery in large masts powers ships.

 

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