Science Fiction and Fantasy Classics 3
The Crystal City Under the Sea by Andre Laurie tells the story of intrepid French submariners who discover the sole survivors of Atlantis living within a crystal dome on the ocean floor. English edition published in 1896. With the original illustrations.
Conquest of the Moon. Andre Laurie was a contemporary and sometimes collaborator with Jules Verne. In this novel, he describes a trip to the moon made by dragging the moon to earth via giant electromagnets! Originally published in 1889. Includes the original illustrations.
The Green Man of Graypec by Festus Pragnell was one of the last SF novels to set its action in a world within an atom. Although this idea was already old-fashioned by the time this book was originally published, it is still one of the greatest Burroughsian fantasies ever written.
Ralph 12C41+ is at one and the same time one of the most famous works of science fiction and one of the most reviled. While it certainly lacks any qualities as literature, it does offer a fascinating and extraordinarily detailed glimpse into the future world of AD 2660 as seen from 1911. Additionally, this was the first work of fiction by one of the pioneers of modern science fiction, Hugo Gernsback, who, more than a decade later, was to create the first magazine devoted to the genre. Illustrated, with an afterword.
Appearing in 1820, the pseudonymously written Symzonia is one of the earliest science fiction novels published in the United States. Based on the hollow earth theories of John Cleve Symmes that were popular at the time, the novel chronicles an expedition through one of the great polar openings and into the mysterious inner world. The author uses this device to comment on and satirize contemporary society, government and mores. The text is accompanied by extensive supplementary and biographical material. Illustrated.