The Incredible Destination, published in 1949 in Startling Stories

“The Incredible Destination”
Published under the pen name Rene Lafayette

Publication date: May 1949

Original publication: Startling Stories

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: Conquest of Space

Story description: James Dolan, using a magnetic space drive, reaches a distant solar system, returns to Earth with proof in the form of photos—unfortunately damaged—and mineral samples that are dismissed as laughable. Though his claims are discredited, Dolan in fact finds a way to the distant stars long before mankind begins to make the same journey.