Was it Paradise on Earth or an Iron Hell?
When Davy Breckenridge stowed away aboard a mysterious cargo ship, he sought to solve the enigma of John Kaspar. The richest man in the world, John Kaspar and his fortune had disappeared 40 years before. Arriving on Kaspar's secret island, Davy found a paradise on Earth. The people of the City of Beauty were graceful and artistic; pampered with automatic houses, self-driving cars and every conceivable luxury.
But there was a mechanical snake in this idyllic Eden.
Beneath the surface, this supposedly carefree people lived in nameless terror. The best and the brightest among them were disappearing. A net of total surveillance entrapped the community. Who was behind this sinister control?
Davy Breckenridge knew that the answers lay in the forbidden City of Smoke, the industrial complex on the other side of the island. No one who had tried to discover its secrets had ever returned. Davy was willing to risk it.
But should he risk his new love - and his very life - to save a people too lazy to save themselves?
Miles John Breuer was a medical doctor who wrote science fiction as a hobby, being most prolific in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The only novel that Miles J. Breuer wrote alone may be said to be his magnum opus. Though he is best remembered for his satirical short story of a parallel world, 'The Gostak and the Doshes,' it is to 'Paradise and Iron' that we must turn for his best legacy.
Miles J. Breuer continued writing science fiction throughout the 1930s but at a reduced output. Throughout his life, he carried on his medical practice until 14th October 1945, when he died from a brief illness.
Airplane View of the Island
1 A New Kind of Ship 14
2 An Island and a Girl 31
3 The "City of Beauty" 48
4 Athens or Utopia? 69
5 A Machine-Devil 88
6 The Gulls' Nest 106
7 I Become a Rebel 122
8 To the City of Smoke 140
9 What is Supervision? 160
10 Who Runs This Place? 177
11 One Night in Sheol 196
12 The Electrical Brain 213
13 Machines versus Men 235
14 The Price of Victory 257
15 The Island Starts Over 278
Appendix 1: About the Author 304
Appendix 2: About the Artists 307