The Mammoth Book of New Jules Verne Adventures: Return to the Center of the Earth and Other Extraordinary Voyages, New Tales by the Heirs of Jules Verne
is only one clock in the chateau. It is shaped to resemble a church. There is nothing devilish about it." "Lead us to it," the captain instructed. Jehan exchanged a glance with Friedrich; the little man risked a brief nod of consent. Jehan led the way around the chateau, through the garden and in through the door on whose step the basket of apples still lay. Then he led the captain and his men to the Clock of Andernatt. It was an hour after noon; while the soldier was studying fre clock, the hour
and then the other. "Verne was always a favourite of mine," he says, making a so-what with his mouth before he adds, "along with Dick Prather's Shell Scott books, John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee and Ed McBain's 87th Precinct yarns. I guess some things you don't forget." Edgar is shaking his head, looking at Jack head-on but keeping a weathered eye trained on the two strangers right alongside him. "You need that filling?" Jack asks. "Oh," Edgar says, looking down in surprise at the glass now
proportions, into which all states would be drawn. We Americans would incessandy strive to annexe this new continent of the air and to display the star-spangled flag on its highest summit, to make it the thirty-seventh state of the Union!" "Don't forget," Michel Ardan added, "that many nations, from the greatest to the most humble, offered financial assistance which gave them the right to intervene in affairs concerning their satellite. France, for example, contributed a sum of 1,253,930 francs."
of potassium, and the oxygen thus liberated replaces that which I have consumed; and the potash, when shaken, extracts from the air the carbonic acid placed there by the combustion of elements of my blood Thus, in inter-planetary space, I am as comfortable as if I were in the smoking lounge of the Gun Club itself, in Union Square, Baltimore! Michel Ardan was perhaps seventy-five. He was of large build, but stoop-shouldered. He sported luxuriant side-whiskers 172 STEPHEN BAXTER and moustache;
Grant (1865-67), also known as In Search of the Castaways or A Voyage Round the World, Verne felt he had earned a rest. During March and April 1867 he and his brother Paul visited the United States. He only had time to spend a week in America, travelling from New York to the Niagara Falls via Albany and Buffalo. He was probably surprised to find that his work was known in America. His first official American book publication was Five Weeks in a Balloon, which did not appear until 1869, but his