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The Hollow Earth: The Narrative of Mason Algiers Reynolds of Virginia Hardcover – Jul 1990

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; First Edition edition (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688094139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688094133
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,366,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Interweaving history with science fiction, this adventure--set in the pre-Civil War South--features Edgar Allan Poe and two cohorts exploring the exotic lands of Earth's core and discovering a parallel universe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An Appropriately Mad Poe 17 Aug. 2009
By P. Vogel - Published on
Format: Paperback
Essentially an update of the Vernian science fiction adventures of the 19th century, with a dose modern anthropology, post-modern sci-fi weirdness, and Rudy Rucker brand sexuality thrown in. Told from the perspective of a young man from the pre-war South, who becomes Poe's assistant and accompanies him on an adventure to increasingly strange and bizarre lands. Quite enjoyable for anyone who knows something of Poe's biography, and doesn't shirk away from the pervier elements of it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Poe Fans Will Love It! 4 Jan. 2008
By Chris Ward - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you've read some Poe, especially "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym," you'll enjoy this pastiche. It's especially fun if you're familiar with Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness," another book that makes homage to Poe's "Arthur Gordon Pym." Rucker never disappoints-- he's crazy in a *good* way.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Great American SF Novel 11 Dec. 2007
By Marc Laidlaw - Published on
Format: Paperback
Poe, Lovecraftian critters, wild adventures from the American South to the Hollow Earth--it's all here. One of Rudy Rucker's best novels, back in print.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Voyage of Discovery, and Orgies! 4 April 2007
By Hank - Published on
Format: Paperback
In this enlightening book about the Hollow Earth theory, still considered a possibility by some people today, 15-year-old Mason Reynolds (the son of a slave-raping wiskey brewer in in early 1800's) and his slave Otha find themselves embarking on an amazing journey deep beneath the Earth's crust, after buying a prostitute, accidently murdering a boy, and fornicating with Edgar Allen Poe's 14-year-old wife. together with his friends, Mason survives a 6-month voyage around the Atlantic, a sexual encounter with a South American woman, a ship-sinking sea-monster, and finally a freezing skyborne trip to the south pole in a hot-air balloon. Then when all looks bleak and Mason gets to the edge of a freezing death at the south pole, he suddenly finds himself and his companions, rapidly penetrating the lower cavity of and into the hollow Earth! A cavity, which of course is more-than-once likened to parts of the female anatomy. Inside, our heroes discover an amazing world of frightening creatures, bizarre physics, and of course lots of very horney humans, all of which readily expand Mason's horizons in more ways than one... if you know what I mean. I highly recomend this book for anybody with an open mind and open legs. If you want to give your children a good example of a different theory of the shape of the earth, as well as a few new ideas about the use of their bodies in ways the law may not yet allow, this is the book for them!
Very amusing for Poe fans-- imaginative and fun. 23 Jun. 2000
By Chris Ward - Published on
Format: Paperback
Like the reviewer below, I've read almost all of Rucker's work, including his short-story output, which is excellent. Unlike him, I really enjoyed this book. Poe fans and lit majors will get a kick out of it, and casual readers of SF will enjoy it as well. Perhaps not as good as the Software/Wetware/Freeware novels, but very enjoyable, and on a par with White Light and Secret of Life.
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