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Publication Order of Tom Swift I Books

Tom Swift and His Motor-Cycle / Fun and Adventure on the Road (1910)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Motor-Boat / The Rivals of Lake Carlopa (1910)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Airship / The Stirring Cruise of the Red Cloud (1910)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat / Under the Ocean for Sunken Treasure (1910)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout / The Speediest Car on the Road (1910)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Wireless Message / The Castaways of Earthquake Island (1911)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift Among the Diamond Makers / The Secret of Phantom Mountain (1911)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Sky Racer / The Quickest Flight on Record (1911)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle / Daring Adventures in Elephant Island (1911)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice / The Wreck of the Airship (1911)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift in the City of Gold / Marvelous Adventures Underground (1912)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Air Glider / Seeking the Platinum Treasure (1912)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift in Captivity / A Daring Escape by Airship (1912)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera / Thrilling Adventures While Taking Moving Pictures (1912)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Great Search Light / On the Border for Uncle Sam (1912)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Giant Cannon / The Longest Shots on Record (1913)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone / The Picture That Saved a Fortune (1914)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship / The Naval Terror of the Seas (1915)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel / The Hidden City of the Andes (1916)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders / The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold (1917)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His War Tank / Doing His Bit for Uncle Sam (1918)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Air Scout / Uncle Sam's Mastery of the Sky (1919)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Undersea Search / The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift Among the Fire Fighters / Battling with Flames in the Air (1921)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Electric Locomotive / Two Miles a Minute on the Rails (1922)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Flying Boat / Castaways of the Giant Iceberg (1923)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Great Oil Gusher / The Treasure of Goby Farm (1924)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Chest of Secrets / Tracing the Stolen Inventions (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Airline Express / From Ocean to Ocean by Daylight (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift Circling the Globe / The Daring Cruise of the Air Monarch (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Talking Pictures / The Greatest Invention on Record (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His House on Wheels / A Trip Around the Mountain of Mystery (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible / Adventures Over the Forest of Fire (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Sky Train / Overland Through the Clouds (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Giant Magnet / Bringing Up the Lost Submarine (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Television Detector / Trailing the Secret Plotters (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Ocean Airport / Foiling the Haargolanders (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Planet Stone / Discovering the Secret of Another World (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Magnetic Silencer (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tom Swift Jr. Books

Tom Swift and His Flying Lab (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Jetmarine (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Rocket Ship (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Giant Robot (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Atomic Earth Blaster (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Outpost in Space (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Diving Seacopter (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift in the Caves of Nuclear Fire (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift on the Phantom Satellite (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Ultrasonic Cycloplane (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Deep-Sea Hydrodome (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift in the Race to the Moon (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Space Solartron (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Electronic Retroscope (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Spectromarine Selector (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Cosmic Astronauts (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Triphibian Atomicar (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Megascope Space Prober (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Asteroid Pirates (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Repelatron Skyway (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Aquatomic Tracker (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His 3-D Telejector (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Polar-Ray Dynasphere (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Sonic Boom Trap (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Sub-ocean Geotron (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Mystery Comet (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Captive Planetoid (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His G-Force Inverter (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Dyna-4 Capsule (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Cosmotron Express (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tom Swift III Books

The City in the Stars (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terror on the Moons of Jupiter (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Alien Probe (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The War in Outer Space (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Astral Fortress (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rescue Mission (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ark Two (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crater of Mystery (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gateway to Doom (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Invisible Force (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planet of Nightmares (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tom Swift IV Books

Publication Order of Tom Swift, Young Inventor Books

Into the Abyss (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Robot Olympics (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Space Hotel (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rocket Racers (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Top of the World (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under the Radar (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tom Swift Invention Books

Tom Swift and His EnvirOzone Revivicator (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His QuieTurbine Skyliner (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Transcontinental BulleTrain (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Oceanic SubLiminator (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Cyclonic Eradicator (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift: Galactic Ambassador (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Paradox Planet (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Martian TerraVironment (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Tectonic Interrupter (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the AntiInferno Suppressor (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the High Space L-Evator (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the IntraEarth Invaders (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Tectonic Interrupter (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the AntiInferno Suppressor (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Coupe of Invisibility (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Yesterday Machine (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Reconstructed Planet (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His NanoSurgery Brigade (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Thermo-Ion Jetpack (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Atlantean HydroWay (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Martian Moon Re-Placement (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Venusian InvulnoSuit (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the HoverCity (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the SubNeptunian Circumnavigation (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Marianas Aquanoids (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Hypersonic SpacePlane (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tom Swift: Inventors' Academy Books

The Drone Pursuit (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sonic Breach (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Restricted Access (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Virtual Vandal (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spybot Invasion (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Augmented Reality (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blurred Blogger (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Depth Perception (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Tom Swift is the name of the title character in the 5 exciting series of children’s adventure and science fiction from America. The series specifically emphasizes on invention, science, and technology. There are more than 100 volumes published in the series featuring the chief character Tom Swift, which was first started in the year 2010. It was author Edward Stratemeyer, who created the Tom’s character for the first time. Stratemeyer is also the founder of the popular book packaging firm known as the Stratemeyer Syndicate. The adventures of Tom Swift in the Tom Swift series have been penned down by numerous ghostwriters as a part of the Syndicate. The first one to come out and contribute to the series under the Syndicate was author Howard Garis. Except for a few books, all the others are credited to have been written under the collective pen name of Victor Appleton. The first series is comprised of around 40 volumes which was mainly written by Howard Garis and Edward Stratemeyer. For the second series of books of Tom Swift, there are 33 volumes which were written with the use of the pen name Victor Appleton II as the author. Most books in this series and some more in the next series, the lead character is depicted as Tom Swift Jr. The newest titles in the five series combination were released as recently as the year 2007. Major portions of the all the series lay emphasis on the inventions of Tom Swift and his father.

The novels generally depict the effects of science & technology as fully beneficial. They also show the roles of the dedicated inventors in the society as heroic, brave, and admirable. The book series went on to sell over 30 million printed copies all over the world and was also translated into numerous foreign languages for the non-English readers of the world. Other than the novel series, Tom Swift’s character has also made appearances in a few TV series and board games. A few noteworthy personalities like Steve Wozniak, Isaac Asimov, etc., have labeled the series and character as an inspiration to many. Many inventions over the years have been allegedly inspired by the fictional inventions of Tom Swift, such as the Taser. In his numerous incarnations throughout the series, Tom Swift is shown as a science-minded and inventive person, though he is mainly depicted as a teenager. Being praised as swift by nature and Swift by name, Tom is described as a natural genius. During the initial parts of the series, he is shown as having received formal education. The authors originally modeled the character after famous inventors like Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford, etc., and the aviation genius Glenn Curtiss. In almost all the books of the 5 series, the main concern is set on the latest invention of Tom Swift. It also deals with the role of that invention in either solving a mystery or problem, or helping Tom Swift in his activities of rescue operations or explorations.

Very often in the series, Tom is shown trying to protect his inventions from the villains. Many villains intend to steal his inventions or try to prevent him getting successful with the help of those inventions. However, in the end Tom is the only one who emerges victorious every time. A number of the fictional inventions described by the authors in the series went on to become actual developments in the technological field. The longest running book series among the five series featuring the chief protagonist Tom is the first one which contains 40 volumes. For the next three series comprising of 33, 11, and 13 books respectively, the lead characters is Tom Swift Jr. Along with being published in the United States, the books of this series have also been extensively published in the United Kingdom and have been translated into Icelandic, Norwegian, Finnish, and French languages. In the first series, Tom is depicted as living in the fictional town of Shopton, New York. His father is Barton Swift, who is shown as the founder of the construction company called Swift Constructions. In the place of his deceased mother, a housekeeper named Mrs. Baggert serves as a mother figure to Tom. On many occasions, Tom is shown sharing his adventures with one of his close friends named Newton, who later becomes the financial manager in his father’s construction company. In most parts of the series, Tom is shown dating a girl named Mary Nestor, whom he marries eventually. The other characters appearing regularly in the series include an old man named Wakefield Damon. Tom is said to have not received any further education after his high school education. At first, the inventions of Tom do appear to be innovative, but as the series progresses, he also progresses with his inventions. At times, he is shown being unsure about his works, which makes him take the help of his elders. In the later parts of the series, the authors have shown that Tom becomes an independent genius as he goes on to develop devices such as photo telephone, electric rifle, etc.

One of the books written in the original Tom Swift series is titled as ‘Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout’. The book is also known by the name The Speediest Car on the Road. The starting scene of this book shows tom Swift entering into an upcoming car race with a specially designed racing car of the electric prototype. But, when he is busy making the final adjustments and preparations for the race a few days before, he finds a plot that he fears would bankrupt his family as well as all the people who rely on the bank in the city. It appears that the bank has plotted a nefarious scheme. Therefore, Tom decides to solve the plot’s mystery and put the criminals involved in it behind the bars. Only after getting done with this he can have a free mind to test his new invention in the 500 mile race against the skilled drivers and some well designed cars in America. Another exciting novel published in the series is titled as ‘Tom Swift and His Wireless Message’. This book was released as the sixth one in the original series and is also known by the name ‘The Castaways of Earthquake Island’. In the beginning sequence of the book, Tom is shown trying out his experimental airship along with his friends near the coast of New Jersey. During the course of the trial, they are swept away by the strong winds in the sea. As they are unable to navigate or steer the airship, they are left with no other option than letting themselves taken by the storm to an unknown place. Eventually, Tom makes a crash landing on a crumbling and uninhabited island called the Earthquake Island.

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One Response to “Tom Swift”

  1. Lisa H: 5 years ago

    My son found this list very helpful! And don’t forget about Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle (1911) which is an exciting African safari story.


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