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Publication Order of Don Sturdy Books

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

Publication Order of Tom Swift I Books

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

Publication Order of Tom Swift Jr. Books

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

Publication Order of Tom Swift III Books

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

Publication Order of Tom Swift IV Books

The Black Dragon (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Negative Zone (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cyborg Kickboxer (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The DNA Disaster (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Monster Machine (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aquatech Warriors (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonstalker (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Microbots (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire Biker (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mind Games (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mutant Beach (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Quake (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quantum Force (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tom Swift, Young Inventor Books

Into the Abyss (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Robot Olympics (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Space Hotel (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rocket Racers (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Top of the World (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Radar (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and His QuieTurbine Skyliner (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and His Transcontinental BulleTrain (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and His Oceanic SubLiminator (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and His Cyclonic Eradicator (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift: Galactic Ambassador (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Paradox Planet (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Galaxy Ghosts (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and His Martian TerraVironment (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and His Tectonic Interrupter (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the AntiInferno Suppressor (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the High Space L-Evator (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the IntraEarth Invaders (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Coupe of Invisibility (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Yesterday Machine (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Reconstructed Planet (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and His NanoSurgery Brigade (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and His Thermo-Ion Jetpack (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Atlantean HydroWay (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the SeaSpace HydroFarm (With:Thomas Hudson) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Martian Moon Re-Placement (With:Thomas Hudson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Venusian InvulnoSuit (With:Thomas Hudson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the HoverCity (With:Thomas Hudson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the SubNeptunian Circumnavigation (With:Thomas Hudson) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Marianas Aquanoids (With:Thomas Hudson,T. Edward Fox) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and the Starless Planet (With:Thomas Hudson,T Edward Fox) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tom Swift and His Hypersonic SpacePlane (With:Thomas Hudson,T. Edward Fox) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Tom Swift: Inventors' Academy Books

The Drone Pursuit (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sonic Breach (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Restricted Access (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Virtual Vandal (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spybot Invasion (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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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