Cover of A Wireless Message

A Wireless Message

Auhtor: Ambrose Bierce

Language: english

Genres:

classic
Downloads: 321
eBook size: 223Kb

Review by Beth Cholette, June 2010


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
Please check the copyright status in your country.

Summary of the Book 'A Wireless Message':

Tom Swift (in some versions Tom Swift Jr. ) is the name of the central character in five series totaling over 100 volumes of juvenile science fiction and adventure novels that emphasize science invention and technology. The character was created by Edward Stratemeyer the founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate a book-packaging firm. His adventures have been written by a number of different ghostwriters over the years. Most of the books are published under the collective pseudonym Victor Appleton. The 33 volumes of the second series use the pseudonym Victor Appleton II. The character first appeared in 1910. New titles have been published as recently as 2007. Most of the various series focus on Toms inventions a number of which have anticipated actual inventions. The character has been presented in different ways over the years. In general the books portray science and technology as wholly beneficial in their effects and the role of the inventor in society has been treated as admirable and heroic. Translated into a number of languages the books have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Tom Swift has also been the subject of a board game and a television show. Development of a feature film based on the series was announced in 2008. A number of prominent figures including Steve Wozniak and Isaac Asimov have cited Tom Swift as an inspiration. Several inventions including the taser have been directly inspired by the fictional inventions.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Wireless Message':


... In the summer of 1896 Mr. William Holt, a wealthy manufacturer of Chicago, was living temporarily in a little town of central ...
... anything more serious than incompatibility of temper, he is probably the only living person that knows: he is not addicted to the vice of confidences. ...
... he had left the house of a brother whom he was visiting, for a stroll in the country. It may be assumed-whatever the value of the assumption in ...
... the lapse of time nor whither his feet were carrying him he knew only that he had passed far beyond the town limits and was traversing a ...
... of perils, nor does one long remain lost in it. He turned about and went back the way that he had come. Before he had gone far he observed that ...
... the new moon, and if that tricksy orb was in one of its stages of visibility it had set long before. He stopped and faced about, seeking the source ...
... lay along the road in front of him as before. The light still came from behind him. That was surprising he could not understand. Again he turned, ...
... is the word that he used in telling it-yet seems to have retained a certain intelligent curiosity. To test the intensity of the light whose nature ...
... minutes. At that moment the mysterious illumination suddenly flared to an intense, an almost blinding splendor, flushing the entire sky, extinguishing ...
... the figure of his wife, clad in her night-clothing and holding to her breast the figure of his child. Her eyes were fixed upon his with an expression ...
... A peculiarity of the apparition, hardly noted at.the time, but afterward recalled, was that it showed only the upper half of the woman's figure: ...
... In the dawn of the morning Holt found himself entering the village at a point opposite to that at which he had left it. He soon arrived ...
... as a rat. Almost incoherently, he related his night's experience. Go to bed, my poor fellow, said his brother, and-wait. We shall hear ...
... his wife had appeared at an upper window, her child in her arms. There she had stood, motionless, apparently dazed. Just as the firemen had ...
... was a Welsh author and politician. Ambrose Bebb was the son of diarist Edward Hughes Bebb, and the father of noted Welsh rugby international Dewi Bebb. ...
... Life in Pieces is a Big Finish original novella collection, featuring Bernice Summerfield, a character from the spin-off media based on the long-running ...
... open to... >>read more<... Bierce (June 24, 1842 - after 1913) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for ...
... : An Occurrence At Owl Creek BridgePilgrim at Tinker Creek is a 1974 nonfiction narrative book by Annie Dillard. It won the Pulitzer PrizeAmbrose ...
... Australian-born writer and opera expert Charles Osborne of the 1930 play of the same name by crime fiction author Agatha Christie. The novelisation ...