What would you be reading in 1890?

Journey to Venus the Primeval World; Its Wonderful Creations and Gigantic Monsters is an 1895 science fiction novel written by Gustavus W. Pope. The book was a sequel to Pope’s novel of the previous year, Journey to Mars.Victorian Science Fiction The Venus volume features the same hero and heroine, Lt. Frederick Hamilton, USN, and his love interest the Martian princess Suhlamia. They travel to Venus on a Martian “ethervolt” spacecraft.

The publisher promoted the book as “full of exciting adventures, hairbreadth escapes, and perilous vicissitudes, among primeval monsters and semi-human creatures, the episodes following each other in such breathless succession that the interest of the reader never flags.”

Journey to VenusModern critics have noted the book largely for its depiction of giant dinosaur-like Venusian beasts. Pope’s pair of novels on Mars and Venus (volumes in a projected Romances of the Planets series that the author never continued) were precursors of popular planetary adventure novels of the twentieth century by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Otis Adelbert Kline, and other writers.
The original edition of Journey to Venus from Arena Publishing Co. featured sixteen illustrations by “Miss Fairfax and Mrs. McAuley.” The ensuing “paper-covered” edition reduced the illustrations to three. After the 1896 bankruptcy of Arena Publishing, Journey to Venus was reprinted in 1897 by the New York firm F. T. Neely, with the reduced number of three illustrations.

source: Wikipedia

4 Replies to “What would you be reading in 1890?”

  1. Don’t forget the utopian socialist -time travel novel published that same year “News From Nowhere” by William Morris!

      1. “News From Nowhere” by William Morris – found here.

        I’ve only had a chance to read the first three chapters, but the language is interesting. It gives a wonderful glimpse at the very different way writers wrote back in the mid-19th century.

        1. Here is an interesting examination of the book. As was common for the period, the book was written as a serial adventure and was filled with numerous inside jokes and references.

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