artwork (c) Frank R. Paul estate

Interior art by Frank R. Paul for Jan. 1924 Science and Mechanics, illustrating "The Man in the Meteor" by Ray Cummings.  The story is about a superman named Nemo.  He awakens one day on a meteor orbiting Saturn, not sure where he came from or how he got there.  But he does suspect that he is not "born on any planet of the Solar System."  He meets and falls in love with a beautiful girl named Nona, who teaches him to "swim" in the meteor's (ahem) air, against its light gravity.   

The above drawing shows his first sighting of the girl: "Nona was in midair. Then, like a wasp she darted at that thing on the rock. The lizard - I shall call it that - saw her coming. It leaped, and sailed across the cave. I saw that it had webbed membrane connecting its six outstretched legs. Nona turned in the air after it, her slim body as sinuous as her waving hair."


"Nona watched me with awe, encouraging me with little syllables of pleasure as I selected larger and larger rocks. Some I dug up and tore loose, until at last I ripped off the top and side of a hill. It was a mountain of rock. I staggered like Atlas."

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