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Publication Order of Don Sturdy Books

Don Sturdy on the Desert of Mystery / Autoing in the Land of Caravans (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy with the Big Snake Hunters / Lost in the Jungles of the Amazon (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy in the Tombs of Gold / The Old Egyptian's Great Secret (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy Across the North Pole / Cast Away in the Land of Ice (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy in the Land of Volcanoes / The Trail of the Ten Thousand Smokes (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy in the Port of Lost Ships / Adrift in the Sargasso Sea (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy Among the Gorillas / Adrift in the Great Jungle (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy Captured by Head Hunters / Adrift in the Wilds of Borneo (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy in Lion Land / The Strange Clearing in the Jungle (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy in the Land of Giants / Captives of the Savage Patagonians (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy on the Ocean Bottom / The Strange Cruise of the Phantom (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy in the Temples of Fear / Destined for a Strange Sacrifice (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy Lost in Glacier Bay / The Mystery of the Moving Totem Poles (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy Trapped in the Flaming Wilderness / Unearthing Secrets in Central Asia (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don Sturdy with the Harpoon Hunters / The Strange Cruise of the Whaling Ship (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon

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

as Victor Appleton II
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

as Victor Appleton II, Thomas Hudson, T. Edward Fox, T Edward Fox
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 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 SeaSpace HydroFarm (With:Thomas Hudson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Martian Moon Re-Placement (With:Thomas Hudson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Venusian InvulnoSuit (With:Thomas Hudson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the HoverCity (With:Thomas Hudson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the SubNeptunian Circumnavigation (With:Thomas Hudson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Marianas Aquanoids (With:Thomas Hudson,T. Edward Fox) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and the Starless Planet (With:Thomas Hudson,T Edward Fox) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Swift and His Hypersonic SpacePlane (With:Thomas Hudson,T. Edward Fox) (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
The Blurred Blogger (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Depth Perception (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Victor Appleton is the house pen name that was used by the production house of Stratemeyer Syndicate as well as its successors. This name is most famously associated with the books of the Tom Swift series. Under the pseudonym, a number of Tom Swift books and its sequel have been written and published. The ghostwriters included for writing these books were Howard Garis, Debra Doyle, Robert Vardeman, James Lawrence, James Macdonald, Bert Foster, Gwynplaine MacIntyre, etc. One among these writers is the American author named Howard R. Garis. He was particularly popular for writing the Uncle Wiggly series. This series typically featured the gentleman rabbit that had long floppy ears and wore a hat and a top coat. Author Howard Garis also penned down a number of the Tom Swift stories under the pen name of Victor Appleton. Tom Swift’s character was first conceived under this pseudonym by Edward Stratemeyer in the year 1910. He was the founder of the production house called the Stratemeyer Syndicate. This book packing company started the children’s series in order to become the leader in the market of the science adventure for children. Subsequently, the Syndicate gathered a few popular authors of that time and asked them to develop the series. The company gave the guidelines to the authors to first prepare the outlines of all the plot elements and then draft and edit the manuscript in detail. It was also directed to the authors that they should not use their original names for writing the books. Rather, all of them were asked to write under the Victor Appleton’s house name. Most of the volumes of the original Tom Swift series were written by Howard Garis and Edward Stratemeyer. The last 3 volumes of the popular series were written by the daughter of Edward Stratemeyer named Harriet Stratemeyer Adams. With the contribution of the various authors working for the company, the initial Tom Swift series was completed in the year 1941. Due to the tremendous response that the series received from all over the world, the company decided to develop a sequel of the series.

Eventually, Harriet Stratemeyer started the creation of the Tom Swift Jr series in the year 1954. This series was released under the name of Victor Appleton II. Most of the novels from the sequel series were outlined as well as plotted by Harriet Stratemeyer herself. The texts were once again written by the various authors which included John Almquist, James Duncan Lawrence, William Dougherty, Richard McKenna, Richard Sklar, and Tom Mulvey. This series eventually ended in the year 1971. Following its success, the company created 3 more series featuring Tom Swift as the lead character. All the 5 Tom Swift book series were released under the pen name of Appleton. The name was also used to publish a few other famous novel series over the years, including the Don Sturdy series. Under Appleton’s pen name, Tom Swift has been described as the central character in all the 5 juvenile adventure and science fiction novel series of America of the same name. The books in all the five series emphasize invention, technology, and science. In all, the series is believed to have a total of over a hundred volumes, starting from the year 1910. The newest titles in the series were released as lately as 2007. The various novels lay emphasis on the numerous inventions that Tom Swift is depicted to make throughout the series. Generally, the novels describe the positive effects of science & technology. These inventions are depicted as wholly beneficial to the society and the role of Tom Swift as a dedicated inventor is shown as heroic and admirable. After being originally written in the English, the books have been translated into numerous foreign languages over the years. The Syndicate has successfully sold over 30 million printed copies of the adventure series across the globe. Due to the immense success of the 5 novel series, Tom Swift’s character was also adapted into a television series and a board game. A number of prominent personalities, including Isaac Asimov and Steve Wozniak, have cited the character as an inspiration.

The first novel series featuring Tom Swift is comprised of 40 titles, the first of which is titled as ‘Tom Swift and His Motorcycle’. It was originally released by the Grosset and Dunlap publishers. The novel is also known by the name Fun and Adventure on the Road. In the introductory part of this novel, Tom Swift is depicted as purchasing a motorcycle. Immediately after buying it, he gets busy in modifying it according to his own liking. In the eagerness to test the enhancements made in the motorcycle, Tom decides to transport the plans of the revolutionary turbine design of his father to Albany. But, he appears to be completely unaware of the intentions of the evil investors from the outside corporate world, who look to steal his invention for their own benefit. Eventually, he gets trapped in their evil plan and is forced to face the greatest peril of his life at a very young age. But, Tom decides to undo all the wrongs by retrieving the turbine prototype and blueprints of his invention. While doing so, he also intends to bring the thugs to justice and make them serve a considerable amount of time in prison for their crime.

The next book in the large volume series is titled as ‘Tom Swift and His Motor Boat’. This book is also called as The Rivals of Lake Carpola. The book was also published by the Grosset & Dunlap publishers. At the beginning of the story, the father of Tom Swift is described as a world famous scientist. He is shown to have been robbed of one of the greatest inventions of his life. Once again, it is up to Tom Swift to retrieve his father’s important invention and make the criminals before justice, without getting himself killed or injured in the process. But, more unfortunate events take place in Tom’s life that make him the target of the deadly anger of the rogues. He goes on to purchase a motor boat in which the rogues had hidden their costly stolen diamond. But, Tom is not aware of this fact. Therefore, he gets targeted by the rogues so as to give away the boat. They even try to kill him. But, he does not seem to lose hope and with the use of all his wit and intelligence, he outplays the hardened gang of felons and remains ahead of them all the time.

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One Response to “Victor Appleton”

  1. Doug Pruner: 2 years ago

    A nice site. As a Hardy Boys fan from childhood I was shocked to learn as an adult of the Stratemeyer Syndicate and its ghosts. I survived that.

    I hadn’t known of Howard Garis as a Stratemeyer author. He figures peripherally in one of American lit’s great stories. . Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut was the title of a salinger short story which was also the first (I believe) that he sold to Hollywood. Also the last, after he saw what they did with it. (I saw the film; Salinger was right.)

    I have your page for future use.


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