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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (11 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494436620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494436629
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
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Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was an American writer best known for creating Tarzan and John Carter. He wrote science fiction, fantasy, adventure, westerns, and others. His work influenced so many people, it would be impossible to name them all, but the list includes James Cameron, Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Michael Crichton, Carl Sagan, George Lucas, Jack Vance, and others.

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Burroughs adds social commentary to his pulp fiction yarn 7 Aug. 2004
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on
Format: Paperback
In "The Lost Continent" (a.k.a. "Beyond Thirty") Edgar Rice Burroughs provides an interesting combination of adventure and social commentary. The premise behind this novel is that the United States did not get involved in the "Great War" in Europe but instead followed its isolationist tendencies to such an extreme ("The East for the East...The West for the West") that no one from the United States has gone past 30 degrees or 175 degrees latitude for over 160 years. It is now 2137 and a raging storm has thrown the Pan-American aero-submarine "Coldwater" past the 30 degree mark. The damaged vessel under the command of Lt. Jefferson Turck lands in England and German helmet and Felis tigers. In time, the crew will discover what happened to "The Lost Continent" of the Old World. Of course, since this is a ERB novel we know that there will be a damsel in distress for Lt. Turck to save from the great evils that he finds.

One of the main strengths of Burroughs was his ability to create ancient civilizations. "The Lost Continent" is actually atypical for Burroughs who usually plunges his heroes into these strange new worlds a lot quicker than what happens in this novel, so this time around there is much more of a sense of mystery to the proceedings. Still, by the last half of the novel we are definitely on familiar and well-trod ground in terms of a ERB adventure story. Before World War II Burroughs wrote "Beyond the Farthest Star," about a distant planet that had been at war for centuries and where technological advances in warfare threatened to destroy all life, which makes it the other ERB novel to check out if you are interested in looking at another example of his rare attempts at social commentary. I do not think the payoff is worthy of the set up in "The Lost Continent," but it is intriguing to think that the United States completely cutting all ties with Europe was a viable basis for telling a futuristic adventure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fine genre piece 31 Aug. 2007
By wiredweird - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Terra incognita: check.
Savable babe: check.
Treacherous traveling companion: check.
Death cult and/or human sacrifice: check.
Inane romantic misunderstandings: check.
Everything else in the genre's list: check.

This time, "there" is the bizarre and unknown world outside the US. Some poorly-stated conflict divided the world into America (South America included, not that anyone important lives there) and All The Rest. Sabotage and misfortune drive Our Hero et al. outside the ken of civilized people and onto the carnivore-ridden shores of Great Britain, then beyond. Beyond means "where all those guys who aren't Anglo-colored live."

The story has passed its 90th birthday, so WWI was fresh in mind for the original reader. Burroughs knew that US isolationism was a dream or nightmare on many minds, as it is when I write this. He played and preyed on that to create the setting for his next pot-boiler.

But he did it really well. Also known as "Beyond Thirty" (the thirtieth line of longitude), this historical artifact carries all the distressing prejudices and jingoistic assumptions of its time. A modern reader might like this best if it's read at arm's length. You'll want to taste all the racist and implicitly imperialist culture of the time, but not swallow. We're not perfect these days, but it's nice to know that we're doing a damm lot better.

-- wiredweird
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Adventure and a Look at WWI 15 May 2013
By Randy Stafford - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading Peter Hart's The Great War: A Combat History of the First World War, I thought it might be fun to read a science fiction novel that touches on the war, indeed was written during the war and even before America entered it.

Now, I'm not a Burroughs fan. I find him way too dependent on coincidence. And the plot is hardly surprising - Pan-American naval officer accidentally crosses the forbidden Latitude 30 W, meets a barbarian queen in Britain, instantly falls in love with her after rescuing her from some baddies, gets separated from her, and, after some whopping coincidences and a whirlwind tying up of plot threads, is reunited with her.

But it is also usually unappreciated how politically topical and even satirical Burroughs could be on occasion. Here, amidst the adventure, are wry bits of satire on what the consequences of the Great War could be for European civilization and white imperialism. And, just maybe, there's also a swipe on the sanctimonious Wilson Administration on the brink of WWI.

Burroughs's fans, of course, will want to read this. And those interested in cultural responses to the war might want to take a quick look at this one too.
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ERB and Frazetta cover 23 Jun. 2010
By microjoe - Published on
Very collectible Ace first edition paperback with Frank Frazetta artwork on cover and title page. In this Burroughs tale, we have a stand alone story that is not part of any series. America in the 22nd century is an armed fortress that has cut itself off in protectionism from the rest of the world for 200 years due to the wars in Europe. So much time has passed that the people think that Britain and Europe are nothing but legends. And so Jefferson Turck decides to explore the myths by taking a trans-oceanic journey in his "aero-sub" in order to rediscover England if it is really there. He finds the ruins of the United Kingdom where one of the greatest civilizations in history has been set back much more than the 200 years that have passed, due to the final destruction of complete and total war, and danger is at every turn. Nice post apocalypse story.
ERB Examines the Effects of War 12 April 2015
By Tim Field - Published on
Format: Paperback
Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Lost Continent is a brisk read and an enjoyable stand alone book. Certain quibbles aside (ERB's usual casual racism and a strange obsession with lions), I found ERB's projection of the outcome of WWI to be fascinating, particularly since the book was written while the battles of the conflict still raged. I'm happy this book was eventually republished after many years of oblivion since, while not a first-class addition to the Burroughs canon, The Lost Continent provides some escapist entertainment seasoned with ERB's reflection on the destruction and futility of war.
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