A Columbus of Space
|A Columbus of Space |
by Garrett P. Serviss with Afterword by Robert Godwin
The year was 1909 and Garrett Putnam Serviss was already a respected science writer for the Hearst newspaper group. Serviss’s reputation was such that his articles appeared in almost every major American Magazine. Beginning in January of that year Frank Munsey’s All Story Magazine began the serialization of Serviss’ epic science fiction adventure A Columbus Of Space.Just three months earlier the visionary rocket pioneer, Robert Goddard, had submitted an article to Popular Science magazine about the possibilities of nuclear propulsion for space travel. Goddard’s article was rejected, but Serviss had no such problem with his science fiction adventure story. In August of 1926 Serviss’ story was resurrected in the pages of Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing Stories magazine. In fact Serviss was featured in eight of the first eleven issues of Amazing. A Columbus Of Space is an adventure thriller written at a time when Venus was still believed to only show one hemisphere to the Sun and Venusian life was still thought to be possible. Robert Godwin is the space curator at the Canadian Air and Space Museum and an advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation. He is the author of Apollo 11, The Illustrated Collector’s Guide to Led Zeppelin, and The Lunar Exploration Scrapbook. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.