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Kings of Space--A Story of Interplanetary Exploration (Space #1)

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Title:Kings of Space--A Story of Interplanetary Exploration (Space #1)
Johns, W. E. (William Earl)   
(69 of 100 for author by title)
The Man Who Vanished into Space (Space #10)
King of the Commandos (Gimlet #1)
Stead, Leslie   
(37 of 47 for author by title)
Return to Mars--A Story of Interplanetary Flight (Space #2)
King of the Commandos (Gimlet #1)
Published:   1954
Publisher:Hodder and Stoughton
Tags:airship, exploration, fiction, science fiction

This book first introduces us to Group Captain Timothy (nicknamed ‘Tiger’) Clinton R.A.F. (retired) and his son, Rex Clinton, whilst they are spending a holiday in Inverness-shire. Lost in the Scottish fog they see red lights and this leads them to lonely Glensalich Castle, where they meet Professor Lucius Brane and his butler, Judkins. The Professor has heard of Tiger Clinton as he is a well-known aircraft engineer and as a result is willing to show him a vehicle he has been building for space travel, which he has called the Spacemaster. The vehicle is still being tested. The Professor has managed to harness the powers of cosmic rays, which are everywhere, as motive power. Initial tests are by remote control, but then the Professor, with Tiger, Rex and Judkins, goes into orbit for the first time.—wejohns.com. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Johns, W. E. (William Earl)

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William Earl Johns (1893-1968), better known as Capt. W. E. Johns, was a British author noted for his juvenile fiction featuring stories about pilots and flying. Johns first career was as a sanitary inspector but he soon gave it up to enlist in the army at the beginning of World War I. He saw action during the Gallipoli Campaign and also served garrison duty in Egypt. Afterwards he applied to serve in the Royal Flying Corps. He was posted to a flying school in England where he trained pilots. In the 1930s he began to write fiction basing his stories on his flying experience. All told he wrote over 150 novels and short stories for young boys and girls. (wejohns.com)

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