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The Coming Race

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

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1. Section 01 - Ch. 01 & 02
2. Section 02 - Ch. 03 & 04
3. Section 03 - Ch. 05 & 06
4. Section 04 - Ch. 07 & 08
5. Section 05 - Ch. 09
6. Section 06 - Ch. 10 & 11
7. Section 07 - Ch. 12
8. Section 08 - Ch. 13 & 14
9. Section 09 - Ch. 15
10. Section 10 - Ch. 16
11. Section 11 - Ch. 17
12. Section 12 - Ch. 18
13. Section 13 - Ch. 19 & 20
14. Section 14 - Ch. 21
15. Section 15 - Ch. 22
16. Section 16 - Ch. 23 & 24
17. Section 17 - Ch. 25 Part 1
18. Section 18 - Ch. 25 Part 2
19. Section 19 - Ch. 26
20. Section 20 - Ch. 27 & 28
21. Section 21 - Ch. 29

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Summary

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803-1873) was an English novelist, poet, playright, and politician. Lord Lytton was a florid, popular writer of his day, who coined such phrases as “the great unwashed”, “pursuit of the almighty dollar”, “the pen is mightier than the sword”, and the infamous incipit “It was a dark and stormy night.” Despite his popularity in his heyday, today his name is known as a byword for bad writing. San Jose State University holds an annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for bad writing in which contestants have to supply terrible openings of imaginary novels, inspired by his novel Paul Clifford, which opens with the famous words: “It was a dark and stormy night”.The Coming Race drew heavily on his interest in the occult and contributed to the birth of the science fiction genre. Unquestionably, its story of a subterranean race of men waiting to reclaim the surface is one of the first science fiction novels. The novel centres on a young, independently wealthy traveler (the narrator), who accidentally finds his way into a subterranean world occupied by beings who seem to resemble angels, who call themselves Vril-ya. The hero soon discovers that they are descendants of an antediluvian civilisation who live in networks of subterranean caverns linked by tunnels. The narrator suggests that in time, the Vril-ya will run out of habitable spaces underground and will start claiming the surface of the earth, destroying mankind in the process, if necessary.

Reviews

Bernie

- The Coming Race

I found the narrator (Mary Roady) and story suited each other perfectly. Did my best but after 16 chapters I gave up waiting for something to happen.