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The Lost Continent

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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The novel, set in the year 2137, was heavily influenced by the events of World War I. In the future world depicted in the novel, Europe has descended into barbarism while an isolationist Western Hemisphere remains sheltered from the destruction. The title Beyond Thirty refers to the degree of longitude that inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere are forbidden to pass.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .English people were famed of old for their hospitality toward visiting mariners. As we approached the mouth of the bay I looked for the fishing craft which I expected to see emerging thus early in the day for their labors. But even after we rounded Ram Head and were well within the waters of the bay I saw no vessel. Neither was there buoy nor light nor any other mark to show larger ships the channel, and I wondered much at this.

The coast was densely overgrown, nor was any building or sign of man apparent from the water. Up the bay and into the River Tamar we motored through a solitude as unbroken as that which rested upon the waters of the Channel. For all we could see, there was no indication that man had ever set his foot upon this silent coast.

I was nonplused, and then, for the first time, there crept over me an intuition of the truth.

Here was no sign of war. As far as this portion of the Devon coast was concerned, that . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Ein Karniveur und Gentleman oder Der im Irrgarten der Barbarei herumtaumelnde Kavalier

Einen Pulp-Roman zu bewerten ist so eine Sache und eine leichte dazu, wollte man BEYOND THIRTY mit einem Stern abstrafen. Man kan soetwas tun, zumal dieser nicht zu ERBs großen Romane zählt. So manches ist hier...more

Undoubtedly the pro-isolationist sentiment that gripped the United States at the prior to and after the commencement of World War I has much to do with the inspiring theme of this story. Set in the year 2137, this might be the only narrative by this author that would nudge the genre of science fi...more

This book was written in 1915 by the author who came up with Tarzan. The story takes place 200 years in the future (2116 or so). It is a speculation of what would happen if Europe, Asia, and Africa continue to tear themselves apart with the First World War. In reaction to the Eastern Hemisphere W...more

***3.5 stars***

An interesting tale of rediscovering an isolated Europe after 200 years but found the ending to be too tidy of an ending. I still enjoyed most of it though.

By 1916, Edgar Rice Burroughs was already a popular and regular contributor to the pulp periodicals of the day. Though a late starter--his first work, the John Carter story "Under the Moons of Mars," was serialized in "All-Story Magazine" in 1912, when Burroughs was 36--his output increased rapid...more

2012 review - reposting because its the only Burroughs I've got a saved review for. Highly recommend you read Tarzan or Barsoom instead if you're looking to try some ERB. Burroughs is problematic in many ways, but still has something to offer, for one thing he knew how to write a fight scene, and...more

Napisan u vrijeme dok je Amerika vodila politiku izolacionizma (1915., objavljen 1916.) nasuprot Europi koja je bila već duboko zašla u Veliki rat, ovaj roman odiše upravo takvom atmosferom iako se radnja događa oko 200 godina u budućnosti. Granice svijeta po kojem se dozvoljeno kretati i gdje ži...more

This is a surprisingly "modern" science fiction tale written in 1916, a mere 4 years after Burroughs' Tarzan tales first appeared. The airship/submarine at the opening is very steampunk, and the political scenario is intriguing, considering the WWI wasn't quite finished at the time of its publica...more

This is about as pulpy as pulp fiction gets, which is a good thing. Written in 1915, before America joined the Great War, it’s a post-apocalyptic story of the desolation of Europe after America self-isolates in WWI, and the subsequent discovery of civilization that has reverted to stereotypical h...more

This is a older style Fantasy novel following a similar way of writing as the more well known Barsoom (John Carter) books; also by Burroughs.

A brave, courageous and chauvinistic American Navy man goes off course and ends up in ruined Europe; England in particular. He finds the 'primitive locals'...more

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