By George Griffith
Apogee Books, $12.95, 206 pages
Many couples travel for their honeymoon but Lord and Lady Redgrave have outdone them all – they are the first explorers of space in a specially built airship. Together, they blithely explore space, discovering lands they never dreamed of and encounter various creatures; both friendly and hostile. Along the way, they also learn how to be husband and wife and discover that there really is no place like home.
A Honeymoon in Space is a novel that was first published in 1901 and was the compilation of Griffith’s serial publication from the previous year. Surprisingly, the story of the intrepid newlyweds holds up well today. The characters are not particularly well-written or complex and don’t detract much from the book too much. Where the novel shines is in the space exploration; the author has marvelous descriptions about the various planets that are visited, as well as the different cultures and creatures in them. This book could be read in e-book form, though the print is tiny and can be a challenge to read. This is a book that science fiction fans will enjoy.
Reviewed by Barbara Cothern