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They dragged the ship by tractor out of the hangar, turned, and went out the desert plain to find elbow room for the takeoff. They climbed in. McIntyre saw the deputy from his starboard conning port. He was staring disconsolately after them. Mcintyre fastened his safety belt, settled his corset, and spoke into the engineroom speaking tube. ” “All set, Skipper. But you can’t raise ship yet, Mac — She ain’t named! ” Harriman’s thin voice reached them. ” McIntyre settled his head into the pads, punched two keys, then three more in rapid succession, and the Lunatic raised ground.
Verne’s emphasis, however, remained on the adventure aspect and science-fiction as such was never quite realized in his writings. It is to the imagination and intellect of Herbert George Wells that science-fiction owes its initial establishment as a mature branch of literature. Although none of Wells’ work appears in this book, for reasons to be told later, no discussion of science-fiction is possible without full recognition of the debt the field owes to him. Wells was he first to carry interplanetary tales out of the sheer adventure realm.
What will become of modern man, confused, selfish, emotionally unbalanced, victor over disease, environment, time, distance—yet, master of nothing. Can he, will he learn? Some writers say yes, others no. The pessimists have pictured the brave new world run by robots. Or, they predict no new world at all, expecting, rather, the disappearance of mankind in one last, grand atomic explosion. Or they see humanity reverting to the primitive with only the crumbling ruins of its cities to stir a dim racial memory of former greatness.
Adventures in Time and Space by Raymond J. Healy, Francis McComas