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Subterranean worlds : a critical anthology

Author: Peter Fitting
Publisher: Middletown, CT : Wesleyan University Press, ©2004.
Series: Wesleyan early classics of science fiction series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: The bizarre idea that the Earth's interior is hollow and, perhaps, even populated has been put to effective literary use by writers ranging from Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne to Rudy Rucker and Edgar Rice Burroughs. This notion had respectability as a scientific hypothesis until the early 1800s, and the theory that the Earth "is hollow and inhabitable within" continues to find believers as an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Subterranean fiction
Utopian fiction
Science fiction
Fiction
Excerpts
Voyages, Imaginary
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Fitting
ISBN: 081956723X 9780819567239 0819567248 9780819567246
OCLC Number: 54529239
Description: 224 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
1: Bluffer's guide to the underworld: an introduction to the hollow earth --
Theories and descriptions of the inner earth, from Kircher to Symmes --
2: Relation d'un voyage du Pole Arctique au Pole Antarctique (1721) --
Selections --
3: Lamekis, ou Les voyages extraordinaires d'un Egyptian dans la terre interieure (1735-1738) --
Selections --
4: Journey of Niels Klim to the world underground (1741) --
Selections --
5: Life and adventures of Peter Wilkins (1750) --
Selections --
6: Voyage to the world in the center of the earth (1755) --
Selections --
7: L'aventurier francois (1782) --
Selections --
8: Icosameron (1788) --
Selections --
9: John Cleves Symmes Jr and Symzonia (1820) --
Selections --
10: Collin de Plancy: Voyage au centre de la terre (1821) --
Selections --
11: Edgar Allan Poe and "The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym" (1838) --
Selections --
Jules Verne: Voyage au centre di la terre (1864) --
Selections --
13: After Verne: later developments --
Selections --
Endnotes --
Bibliography --
Index --
About the editor.
Series Title: Wesleyan early classics of science fiction series.
Responsibility: edited by Peter Fitting.

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Exploring the hollow earth from the 17th century to the present.  Read more...

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