1899: An Antarctic Mystery, by Jules Verne

BY JULES VERNE TRANSLATED BY MRS. CASHEL HOEY ILLUSTRATED The Tasman to the rescue 1899 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS The Tasman to the rescue frontispiece The approach of the Halbrane 11 Going aboard the Halbrane 29 Cook’s route was effectively barred by ice floes 83 Taking in sail under difficulties 103 “There, look there! That’s a fin-back!” 117 Hunt to the rescue 127 Four sailors at the oars, and one at the helm 139 Hunt extended his enormous hand, holding a metal collar 161 Dirk Peters shows the way 179 The half-breed in the crow’s nest 189 The Halbrane fast in the iceberg 227 The Halbrane, staved in, broken up 253 “I was afraid; I got away from him” 267 William Guy 299 An Antarctic Mystery 321 The Parcuta 329 TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter I. The Kerguelen Islands. Chapter II. The Schooner Halbrane Chapter III. Captain Len Guy Chapter IV. From […] Read More

1923: Will the ZR-1 Discover a Polar Paradise?

POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY SUMNER N. BLOSSOM, Editor December, 1923 The giant new navy dirigible ZR-1 in test flight. If she makes the voyage across the North Pole next summer, it will prove according to Vilhjalmut Stefansson. Famous arctic explorer, “one of the turning points in history”. Will the ZR-1 Discover a Polar Paradise? Here is one of the most outstanding stories of scientific possibility ever published. Commander Green’s exclusive article has all the pungency of romantic fiction; at the same time it is founded on scientific observations of a veteran arctic explorer, and corroborated by fascinating legends of the Eskimos. Not since the days of Columbus has any venture held such power of gripping the world’s imagination as the proposed voyage of the ZR-1. In the issue of POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY for November, 1920, the prophesy was made that a “huge dirigible of the Zeppelin type will enable the […] Read More

2005: Vostok: The Lake of Shadows

by Scott Corrales Doubt of the real facts, as I must reveal them, is inevitable; yet if I suppressed what will seem extravagant and incredible there would be nothing left. ~H. P. Lovecraft TThe inspiration for this article began in the summer of 1996, when a series of email messages began to appear suggesting the possibility that “someone” or “something” was surreptitiously removing all recent maps of Antarctica. The notion was so outrageous that even die-hard conspiracy theorists found themselves having to clarify the subject—it wasn’t that Big Brother and his henchmen were ripping map pages out of every World Almanac and atlas in the country, it had merely become harder to obtain recent maps on Antarctica. Intrigued by the electronic statements, I placed a call to Penn-Oh-West Maps in Pittsburgh to check on the availability of Antarctic projections. The store owner’s response was startling: “Sorry, sir. All our new maps of […] Read More