"For thousands of years, human civilization depending on precious metals as currency for barter and trade. What would happen if suddenly there was a nearly unlimited amount of gold, silver, platinum, and more? That's the thought-provoking premise of The Moon Metal, by Garrett P. Serviss, an astronomer and science-fiction pioneer from the early twentieth century.
The “un-official” sequel to War of the Worlds by Garrett P. Serviss! It first appeared in 1898 and this story invents many concepts that were later to become staples of the Science Fiction genre! Serviss managed to get permission from Thomas Edison to use his name and he is the hero of this epic tale that includes the birth of the ray gun, fully functional space suits, asteroid mining, epic space battles, alien abductions and the idea that aliens built the pyramids! This is truly an amazing vision written in 1898!
Some of the things described in this book are little known to the average reader, while others are well known; but all possess the fascination of whatever is strange, marvellous, obscure, or mysterious magnified, in this case, by the portentous scale of the phenomena. The idea of the author is to tell about these things in plain language, but with as much scientific accuracy as plain language will permit, showing the wonder that is in them without getting away from the facts
Edmund Stonewall has invented a space craft that takes advantage of the power of "inter-atomic energy," which enables him to navigate the Ocean of Ether and sail to the shores of another world than ours. He constructs a curious spool-shaped machine and "sets sail" into space, arriving with his companions on the planet Venus. (The first story ever written about an atomic powered space craft.)