I just got an idea that… who knows?
I’m setting up the next episode of the KaravanCast, and for a number of reasons (see below), I decided to go and take a look at one of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “lesser” books: Beyond Thirty, also known as The Lost Continent.
Now, the book is in the public domain, and so I thought you might like to check it out beforehand, so that when (if?) you listen to my podcast, you have a better idea of what I’m talking about.
As for the reasons why I’m covering this less-known work by Burroughs…
Since earliest childhood I have been strangely fascinated by the mystery surrounding the history of the last days of twentieth century Europe. My interest is keenest, perhaps, not so much in relation to known facts as to speculation upon the unknowable of the two centuries that have rolled by since human intercourse between the Western and Eastern Hemispheres ceased–the mystery of Europe’s state following the termination of the Great War–provided, of course, that the war had been terminated.
First of all, I’d like to talk about Beyond Thirty because it is a fun read, and it deserves (I think) to be more widely known.
Secondly, because it ties in with a lot of political and cultural factors, and historical events (first and foremost, the Great War).
Third, because it is a further instance of the “lost world” novel – a genre we started discussing in the first KaravanCast.
And finally, because Beyond Thirty is one of the books that influenced the worldbuilding in Hope & Glory, the steampulp gaming universe I designed and whose first product, the novella Glass Houses, hit the shelves a few days back.
But I won’t lose myself in shameless self-promotion, and hopefully the podcast will be fun and informative. But mostly fun.