I've had this book discussed in my classes some years ago, have been looking for it ever since. In the book, the man is the first to try and reach outer space (it's placed some time in the past), he gets so high that he blacks out from the lack of oxygen or something, he later wakes up on what seems to be a different planet. He finds a brass tag in the dirt with some faded lettering on it. The whole books is really vague, and you never really know if it all really happend, because the book was written by the man who supposedly performed this stunt.

That's about all I know, Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Did the tag say ZARDoZ on it?
    – Valorum
    Aug 1 '16 at 8:27
  • The Gun is Good!
    – Adamant
    Aug 1 '16 at 8:44
  • No the tag had decayed to the point where the text wasn't legible.
    – Stagg
    Aug 1 '16 at 8:47
  • Thats the closest anyone has ever gotten, I'm starting to get excited :D
    – Stagg
    Aug 1 '16 at 8:54
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    "Some years ago"? Is "some" closer to 60 or 30?
    – user14111
    Aug 1 '16 at 8:56

Edgar Allen Poe's The Unparalleled Adventure Of One Hans Pfaall has a similar plot to your description.

The hero of the story, Hans Pfaall, travels in a hot air balloon as you describe, at some point losing consciousness due to the lack of air.

He travels to the moon, not to another planet. The story describes the journey in detail, in the form of a diary and does have the vagueness that you describe.

I don't recall any mention of a brass plate, although he does describe the view of Earth from the moon as copper in appearance.


Hope you are talking about Oz Series by L. Frank Baum. A movie "Oz the Great and Powerful" is made which is inspired from it.

  • Unfortunately not
    – Stagg
    Aug 1 '16 at 10:47

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