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Hollow Earth

Hollow Earth

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by Rudy Rucker
     
 

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In 1836, Mason Algiers Reynolds leaves his family's Virginia farm with his father's slave, a dog, and a mule. Branded a murderer, he finds sanctuary with his hero, Edgar Allan Poe, and together they embark on an extraordinary expedition to the South Pole, and the entrance to the Hollow Earth. It is there, at the center of the world, where strange physics, strange

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In 1836, Mason Algiers Reynolds leaves his family's Virginia farm with his father's slave, a dog, and a mule. Branded a murderer, he finds sanctuary with his hero, Edgar Allan Poe, and together they embark on an extraordinary expedition to the South Pole, and the entrance to the Hollow Earth. It is there, at the center of the world, where strange physics, strange people, and stranger creatures abound, that their bizarre adventures truly begin.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In an ``editor's note,'' Rucker ( Wetware ) claims to have found and edited this manuscript written in 1849, shortly after the death of Edgar Allan Poe. Its author, Mason Algiers Reynolds, tells of joining Poe in a counterfeiting scheme to finance an exploration of the South Pole--and beyond, since Poe and fellow traveler Jeremiah Reynolds (not related to the ``author'') believe in Symme's theory of a hollow Earth. After many difficulties--including Poe's living through the plots of several of his scariest stories--the theory is confirmed with the travelers' discovery of the inside of the world, where they find light, life, even humans. Poe learns of the existence of MirrorEarth where a MirrorPoe is writing Poe's stories; jealous, he wants to go there. Rucker's pastiche of the last century's fantastic voyages makes an enjoyable adventure tale, although MirrorEarth, straining belief too far, destroys the mood. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Purporting to be the account of a young Virginia gentleman's voyage to the center of the ``hollow'' earth accompanied by his slave-companion Otha and the poet Edgar Allan Poe, this rambunctious sf adventure by the author of Wetware pays tribute to the likes of Mark Twain, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Philip K. Dick. Rucker's ambitious undertaking falls only marginally short of success in this otherwise entertaining pastiche. For large libraries.
San Francisco Chronicle - Michael Berry
A craftily conceived adventure story, full of wonder, beauty and humor ... Goofily outlandish ... The Hollow Earth is a treat.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932265200
Publisher:
MonkeyBrain
Publication date:
10/25/2006
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
913,634
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1946 in Kentucky, Rudy Rucker is a writer, a mathematician, and a former computer science professor. He received Philip K. Dick awards for his cyberpunk novels Software and Wetware, now available in the Ware Tetralogy. He also writes science-fiction in a realistic style that he characterizes as transreal, not to mention the occasional work of historical science fiction. In addition, Rucker has published a number of nonfiction works of popular science, covering topics such as the fourth dimension, infinity, and the meaning of computation. He took up painting in 2000, and has had shows of his pop-surreal works San Francisco. His autobiography, Nested Scrolls, appeared in 2012. For ongoing updates, see his blog at

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