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Verne and Van Stockum: Five Pharaohs and More! by Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr.
Art by Steven P. Eilers
In a time-travel twist, R. R. Van Stockum, Jr. delights us with extraordinary and factual voyages akin to those of the imaginative Jules Verne, In this collection of art and articles, Van Stockum ranges far. From the Trilobites now lodged as rocks in the seas of the Earth, to the legends of Gilgamesh and the Sumerian flood. To the outsized egos of the god-like Pharaohs of Egypt–Hatshepsut, Thutmose, Akhenaten, Ramses and Tut, we are taken on extraordinary voyages. We uncover pottery shards and flint flakes from the extinct Neanderthals; explore the Dzungarian Gate–the impenetrable chain of mountains that once blockaded China from the rest of Eurasia; and thrill at the enormous Egyptian Obelisks.
From flying outbound past the rocky planets of spinning orbs, to the giant planets of gas and ice, we travel back to this planet. We study the Family Human, as they make tools, stand upright, capture fire, and learn to cook. We are enthralled with the true tales of the great Mississippian corn cultures; the mounds built in Kentucky by the Adena Peoples; to the ancient seas that lay down the bedrock on which we now stand.
We read the story fo the horse in North America, rediscover the Sea Peoples and the collapse of the world trading order. We visit three rivers in teh Civil War while encountering the mysteries of the environment along that Mississippian Plateau. And we wonder at the mighty mussels inhabiting those rivers in the Late Archaic Period in Kentucky, and remember the Native Americans eating there 3,000 years ago, as we explore the caves, cane, and coal of Kentucky. and we finish with Dr. Who and the famous music of “The Louisiana Hayride.”
We are in the hands of a master of science, geology, biology, and history! Now, we have these articles collected in one volume that informs and entertains. Jules Verne would be enthralled that such voyages are maintained.