The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizatio
Author: David Standish
Publisher: Hachette UK
Beliefs in mysterious underworlds are as old as humanity. But the idea that the earth has a hollow interior was first proposed as a scientific theory in 1691 by Sir Edmond Halley (of comet fame), who suggested that there might be life down there as well. Hollow Earth traces the surprising, marvelous, and just plain weird permutations his ideas have taken over the centuries. From science fiction to utopian societies and even religions, Hollow Earth travels through centuries and cultures, exploring how each era's relationship to the idea of a hollow earth mirrored its hopes, fears, and values. Illustrated with everything from seventeenth-century maps to 1950s pulp art to movie posters and more, Hollow Earth is for anyone interested in the history of strange ideas that just won't go away.
This book is Childress' thorough examination of the early hollow earth stories of Richard Shaver, and the fascination that fringe fantasy subjects such as lost continents, UFOs, and the hollow earth have had on people. Shaver's rare 1948 book, I Remember Lemuria is reprinted in its entirety, and the book is packed with illustrations from Ray Palmer's Amazing Stories issues of the 1940s. Childress discusses famous hollow earth books and delves deep into whatever reality may be behind the stories of tunnels underground.
1964 Dr. Bernard says this is the true home of the flying saucers. the epoch-making significance of Adm. Byrd's flight for 1,700 miles into the North Polar opening leading to the hollow interior of the earth, the home of a Super Race who are the Creators.
Telepathic messages from advanced civilizations that live in peace and harmony in the center of our Earth, which is hollow and contains an inner sun, with oceans and mountains still in their pristine state.
Fascinated by caves and digging holes since childhood, Manfred discovers a path through to another realm via a Neolithic copper mine at Mount Gabriel in Schull, Ireland. The world of Hollow Earth, while no Utopia, is a sophisticated civilisation. Its genderless inhabitants are respectful of their environment, religious and cultural differences are accommodated without engendering hate or suspicion, and grain not missile silos are built. Yet Ari and Zest accompany Manfred back to the surface world. ‘Come with me and see my world.’ So begins an extraordinary adventure in which the three wander the Earth like Virgil's Aeneas, Ari and Zest seeking re-entry to their own world. The Hollow Earthers are shocked at the cruelty and lies of the surface world, the dieback spreading through the forests. Yet they are seduced by the world's temptations. Kinsella's parable draws on a rich tradition of Hollow Earth literature and science fiction including Bradshaw's The Goddess of Atvabar (1892).With strange beauty, its alluring trajectory vividly captures our 21st century world in crisis. Like Manfred we are often blindly complicit in the earth's downfall. ‘Happiness is under our feet.’ sings the narrator in this passionate, layered and compelling new novel. ‘Combining a twenty-first century sense of planetary peril with a 1970s funkadelic vibe, Hollow Earth reaches to the extremes of our collective breath, its alpha and omega...this is a novel of exacting self-scrutiny which also manages to be outrageous fun’ — Nicholas Birns
Published in 1964 this unusual book has become a classic. Positive extraterrestrials, actually our ancestors, come here from all over the Milky Way Galaxy, and from dimensions of times, yet some of them are from the Inner Earth or Agharta. The epoch-making significance of Admiral Byrd's flight for 2735 kilometers (1700 miles) into the North Polar opening leading to the hollow interior of the earth, home of diverse races of advanced humans will startle the world. The author claims that this extraordinary book proves that there exists on the inside of the earth's crust, which is about 1237 kilometers (800 miles) thick a New World, and that Admiral Byrd's polar expeditions penetrated a total distance of 6437 kilometers (4,000 miles) into this Land Beyond the North and South Poles, where there exist two huge openings, about 1931 kilometers (1200 miles) in the north pole and a smaller one in the south both leading to the subterranean world of our planet.
Lots of twins have a special connection - being able to finish each other's sentences; sensing what the other is thinking; perhaps even knowing when the other is in trouble or in pain - but for 12-year-old twins, Matt and Emily Calder, the connection is beyond special. Together, the twins have extraordinary powers - they are able to bring art to life, or enter paintings at will. Their abilities are sought by villains trying to access the terrors of Hollow Earth - a place where all the demons, devils and creatures ever imagined lie trapped for eternity. The twins flee with their mother to the security of an island, off the west coast of Scotland, where their grandfather has certain protective powers of his own. But too much is at stake, and the twins aren't safe there either. The villains will stop at nothing to find Hollow Earth and harness the powers within...