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The World Below: A Novel of the Far Future [Paperback]

S. Fowler Wright , Brian Stableford
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28 Jun 2010
When George is transported to a far-future Earth, he finds himself caught between two very different species of humanity--the Amphibians, dwellers of the deeps, and the giant Dwellers, rulers of the large island that constitutes the major land mass. With the help of one of the Amphibians, George goes looking for any sign of two earlier time-travelers, neither of which has returned. His adventures among the strange flora and fauna of this brave new world constitute one of Wright's most original and compelling imaginative fictions.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Borgo Press (28 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434411559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434411556
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Not science fiction as it is usually known. A single man on a rescue mission to the far future encounters an Earth where humanity and all it has ever achieved has long disappeared. The length of a day is now many times longer as the Earth's revolutions are slowing. Life has moved on accordingly. He encounters a race of immortal amphibians who judge him to be the most base of savages, yet befriend and aid him. In his travels through the unearthly wilderness his moral fibre and every preconception of his society are tested to the limits and far beyond. Ingenuity, courage and the ability to adapt enable him to survive and become something more than any man of his time. He eventually comes to learn the secrets of the doomed race of giants who populate their libraries with living books. A tale of incredible vision and a deep romance with life itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Early Classic. 30 May 2004
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S. Fowler Wright's 1929 classic novel, "The World Below", is as enjoyable today, as it was when first published. The novel is divided into two books, the first is "The Amphibians", which was first published by itself in 1925 (1924 according to some sources). The second book continues the story started in "The Amphibians', and bears the same title as the novel, "The World Below".

The story is one of time travel, where the narrator travels half a million years into the future in an attempt to find two previous explorers who have failed to return. What he finds is a world as completely different from ours, as ours is different from when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. He encounters several new intelligent peoples whom he names: `The Amphibians', `The Killers', and The Dwellers".

As with the novels of Verne, as well as some of Wells, this story is more adventure than science fiction, but it is very enjoyable and well worth reading. This book was tied for 7th on the Arkham Survey of 'Basic SF Titles' in 1949. It was also ranked 28th on the 1952 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll for books. Although this work is in the shadow of H.G. Wells "The Time Machine", it is still an intriguing and highly imaginative work worth rediscovering.
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