“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.