Tom Swift and his Aerial Warshipby Victor Appleton
Tom Swift is the main character of five series of American juvenile science fiction and adventure novels that emphasize science, invention and technology. First published in 1910, the series total more than 100 volumes. The character was created by Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book-packaging firm. Tom's adventures have been written by various ghostwriters, beginning with Howard Garis. Most of the books are credited to the collective pseudonym "Victor Appleton". The 33 volumes of the second series use the pseudonym Victor Appleton II for the author. For this series, and some of the later series, the main character is "Tom Swift, Jr." New titles have been published as recently as 2007. Most of the various series emphasized Tom's inventions. The books generally describe the effects of science and technology as wholly beneficial, and the role of the inventor in society as admirable and heroic.
Translated into many languages, the books have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Tom Swift has also been the subject of a board game and a television series.
Several famous people, including Steve Wozniak and Isaac Asimov, have cited "Tom Swift" as an inspiration. Several inventions, including the Taser, have been inspired allegedly by Swift's fictional inventions. "TASER" is said to be an acronym for "Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle."
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A great boy's adventure story. My kids love it.
The Tom Swift series in its multiple releases are a straightforward yet intriguing series. While this specific series is no longer as "future looking" as it was in 1915, the character development is excellent while the plot exciting. While growing up reading the Tom Swift third series that was adapted to the 1980's era, I found the series easy to read and now have tattered book covers from many repeated reads. Once I discovered the earlier series writings as an adult, I found that the styles were complimentary and have been overjoyed in finding that each of the releases of the Tom Swift series complement each other. These books demonstrate how our technical evolution influences the dreams of our futures. I highly recommend this series to any person interested in a solid futuristic book that encapsulates the goals from our childhood; achieving greatness while maintaining a moral compass to be proud of.