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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Lightning Source Inc
Publication date June 20, 2012
Pages 56
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781486150359
ISBN-10 1486150357
Dimensions 0.25 by 7.50 by 9.75 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Original list price $9.94
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The Coming Race is a great book on many levels. As a story it is well developed and is one of Bulwer-Lyttons best works of science fiction. Also from a historical aspect it is an interesting document to see how the Victorian mind saw the world and what was beyond their horizons. This book had an incredible impact upon the reading public upon its release in 1871 and its influence, as well as that of Lytton in general, is felt greatly in later works of early sci-fi. I especially feel the stylistic influence in Upton Sinclairs Millennium and while for a review this is neither here nor there, this is important in understanding the development of the genre.

The book opens up with the main character, an American, being invited into a mine exploration by friend. Within just a few pages of the most basic exposition the story begins. For this genre and being that the terranean characters matter little, jumping into the plot like this makes the reading fun. For a 19th century it reads very fast and before long the reader will be well acquainted with the ways of the vril-ya and vril - the power source of the coming race. It really is a fun read.

If you are fan of Lord Lytton or a fan of early Sci-Fi this is a definite read. I also would recommend this book to anyone who like 19th century novels and think this should be included in more high school English literature classes because it does not fit the stereotype and would be a welcome break for many students. While we know quite well that this work is purely fantastical it is really enjoyable to see how the mind of the 19th century saw the possibility of worlds going on underground and it is fun to imagine and believe. . .

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