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Garrett Putnam Serviss (1851-1929) was an astronomer, popularizer of astronomy, and early science fiction writer. Serviss was born in upstate New York, and majored in science at Cornell. He took a law degree at Columbia, but never worked as an attorney. Instead, in 1876 he joined the staff of the New York Sun newspaper, working as a journalist until 1892 under editor Charles Dana. Serviss showed a talent for explaining scientific details in a way that made them clear to the ordinary reader, leading Andrew Carnegie to invite him to deliver The Urania Lectures in 1894 on cosmology, astronomy, geology, and related matters. With Carnegie's financial backing, these lectures were illustrated with magic lantern slides and other effects to show eclipses, presumed lunar landscapes, and much else. Serviss toured the United States for over two years delivering these lectures, then settled down to become a popular speaker in the New York area. He wrote a syndicated newspaper column devoted to astronomy and other sciences. He also wrote frequently for the leading magazines of the day.

Serviss's favorite topic was astronomy, and of the fifteen books he wrote, eight are devoted to it. He unquestionably was more widely read by the public on that topic than anyone prior to his time. He worked with Max and Dave Fleischer on The Einstein Theory of Relativity (1923), a short silent film released in connection with one of Serviss' books. He also wrote six works of fiction in his lifetime, all of which would today be classified as science fiction. Five of these were novels, and one was a short story.

In his private life Serviss was an enthusiastic mountain climber, describing his reaching the summit of the Matterhorn at the age of 43 as part of an effort "to get as far away from terrestrial gravity as possible." His son was the Olympic high jumper Garrett Serviss.

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Total Books: 69
Astronomy With The Naked Eye A New Geography Of The Heavens With Descriptions And Charts Of Constellations Stars And Planets
Curiosities Of The Sky
2010 - Curiosities of the Sky (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781161427653
ISBN-10: 1161427651
Genre: Science & Math
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Edison's Conquest of Mars
2009 - Edison's Conquest of Mars (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781448647705
ISBN-10: 1448647703
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The Second Deluge
2009 - The Second Deluge (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781438517537
ISBN-10: 143851753X
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Other Worlds
2009 - Other Worlds (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788132051336
ISBN-10: 8132051335
Genres: Reference, Science & Math
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A Columbus of Space
2009 - A Columbus of Space (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788132054580
ISBN-10: 813205458X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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2009 - A Columbus of Space By Garrett P Serviss [World Cultural Heritage Library] (Paperback)
The Moon Metal
2009 - The Moon Metal (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781434453068
ISBN-10: 1434453065
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Astronomy In A Nutshell The Chief Facts And Principles Explained In Popular Language
2008 - Astronomy in a Nutshell the Chief Facts and Principles Explained in Popular Language [1912] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781436583411
ISBN-10: 1436583411
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Pleasures Of The Telescope
2007 - Pleasures of the Telescope (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780548529492
ISBN-10: 0548529493
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Moon Metal
2006 - Moon Metal (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781421987026
ISBN-10: 1421987023
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Astronomy with the Naked Eye
2005 - Astronomy with the Naked Eye [1908] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781594620409
ISBN-10: 1594620407
Genres: Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation
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The War of the Wenuses / Edison's Conquest of Mars / The Struggle for Empire
1999 - The War of the Wenuses / Edison's Conquest of Mars / the Struggle for Empire [Sources of Science Fiction: Future War Novels of the 1890s, Vol. 8] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780415192965
ISBN-10: 041519296X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Columbus of Space
Columbus of Space [Classics of Science Fiction] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780883551196
ISBN-10: 0883551195
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
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The Einstein Theory of Relativity With Illustrations and Photos Taken Directly from the Einstein Relativity Film