Other sci-stories include the first robotic insect and an electricity gun. Once again, Andrew has searched old texts to find the very best science fiction stories from the period when the genre automated to life, some of the stories are published for the first time in nearly 200 years. Read these fantastic sci-fi short stories today!
OUR OWN COUNTRY
So mechanical has the age become, that men seriously talk of flying machines, to go by steam,--not your air-balloons, but real Daedalian wings, made of wood and joints, nailed to your shoulder,--not wings of feathers and wax like the wings of Icarus, who fell into the Cretan sea, but real, solid, substantial, rock-maple wings with wrought-iron hinges, and huge concavities, to propel us through the air.
Knickerbocker Magazine, May 1835
Marrayat combines a sharp wit and sense of irony with realism born of firsthand knowledge of seafaring life. Joseph Conrad praised his works as "enthralling," adding, "His greatness is undeniable." Virginia Woolf declared, "Marryat has the power to set us in the midst of ships and men and sea and sky, all vivid, credible, authentic." This low-priced Dover edition of Marryat's classic includes 37 illustrations and features an Introduction by author John Harland, an expert on maritime literature.