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Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship

Victor Appleton

Book Overview: 

Tom Swift is an inventor, and these are his adventures. The locale is the little town of Shopton in upstate New York, near Lake Carlopa. While some of Tom’s inventions are not well-founded in a scientific sense, others elaborated developments in the news and in popular magazines aimed at young science and invention enthusiasts. Presenting themselves as a forecast of future possibilities, they now and then hit close to the mark. Some predicted inventions that came true include “photo telephones”, vertical takeoff aircraft, aerial warships, giant cannons, and “wizard” cameras. However some other devices, such as magnetic silencers for motors, have not appeared yet.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .They wouldn't be trying to get back at you, would they?"

"Well, it's possible, Ned. But I don't imagine so. They seem to have been pretty well broken up. No, I don't believe it was the diamond-makers who put this fire bomb in the red shed. Their line of activities didn't include this branch. It takes a chemist to know just how to blend the things contained in the bomb, and even a good chemist is likely to fail—as this one did, as far as time went."

"What are you going to do about it?" Ned asked.

"I don't know," and Tom spoke slowly, "I hoped I was done with all that sort of thing," he went on; "fighting enemies whom I have never knowingly injured. But it seems they are still after me. Well, Ned, this gives us something to do, at all events."

"You mean trying to find out who these fellows are?"

"Yes; that is, if you are willing to help."

"Well, I guess I am!" cried the bank clerk with spar. . . Read More

Community Reviews

In this installment, Our Hero Tom creates an aerial gun platform. A group of foreign spies tries to get the gun ship and do harm to Tom. They even get as far as hijacking the ship. However, a convenient lightening strike disables the cabal of spies and our hero et al overcome them and save the day.

This is the first Tom Swift book I have read. It is the kind of book I would have enjoyed as a boy. There are definetly some dated stereotypes that some may find objectionable, but I think they offer an interesting window on attitudes and views prevelant in the early 1900's. I enjoyed the inventive

This return to the ancestral fiction of the books of my youth was a pleasant nostalgia trip, marred by the blatant racism and less obvious but still present sexism. It's a good read in the sense that the author writes about people trying to build and solve real engineering problems. The adventure is

If I could remove all references to Koku, Eradicate and Mr. Damon, these would be fun adventure books. But Damon is useless and Koku and Eradicate are horribly racist and this detracts from a modern readers enjoyment

Not everyone serves the USA in the military. Some make their contributions to the national defense by working for a defense contractor and developing the weapons and systems that those in the military use. Tom Swift contributed to his country with a powerful searchlight used to patrol the Canadian b

Good adventure

Tom's aerial warship was difficult to perfect. This story gives a good idea of the creative process and how it is to the idea of "failing forward."

My father didn't have a lot of books and didn't read books very often. But he had several old boys adventure books from his childhood in the 1920s, including Tom Swift, the Radio Boys, and more. The Tom Swift books particularly fascinated me. I read them over and over again, and for a while I believ

Like all these Tom Swift Sr. books, to be read mostly for the historical value. Tom builds a zeppelinish warship for the US government (the book was published in 1915). He is beset by foreign European spies who provide various obstacles for him to overcome. Of note, Tom's dad is quite a downer for T

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