The Moon Pool

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Set on the island of Ponape, full of ruins from ancient civilizations, the novel chronicles the adventures of a party of explorers who discover a previously unknown underground world full of strange peoples and super-scientific wonders. From the depths of this world, the party unwittingly unleashes the Dweller, a monstrous terror that threatens the islands of the South Pacific. Although Merritt did not invent the lost world novel, following in the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Burroughs and others, he ...
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Set on the island of Ponape, full of ruins from ancient civilizations, the novel chronicles the adventures of a party of explorers who discover a previously unknown underground world full of strange peoples and super-scientific wonders. From the depths of this world, the party unwittingly unleashes the Dweller, a monstrous terror that threatens the islands of the South Pacific. Although Merritt did not invent the lost world novel, following in the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Burroughs and others, he greatly elaborated upon that tradition. This new edition includes a biography of the author, and an introduction detailing Merritt's many sources and influences, including the occult, mythological, and scientific discourses of his day.

Dubbed "The Shining One" by terrified Pacific natives, an evil mass of energy, powered by the full moon, roams the night seeking victims to kidnap. When an anthropologist falls into the clutches of the Shining One, he is whisked into the bowels of titantic caverns, where others are imprisoned, and finds himself engaged in a desperate attempt to save the sunlit world above.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Wesleyan Early Classics of Science Fiction presents the first scholarly edition of A. Merritt's celebrated lost world novel, The Moon Pool, edited and with an introduction by Michael Levy. First published as a novelette in All-Story Weekly in 1918, it remains a landmark fantasy. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
First published as a novel in 1919, this path-breaking genre piece was praised by The New York Times, whose review of Merritt (1884-1945) is appended here. Also included in this new edition: a lukewarm introduction by SF star Robert Silverberg, who admits his "fatigue" of so many fantasy cliches found in Merritt's other-world narrative. On the other hand, Merritt was among the first (with Verne and Haggard, whom he most resembles) to speculate in fiction about the implications of the new science, archaeology, and anthropology at the turn of the century. This faux memoir records a botanist's tale of life in a lost "Atlantis" in the Pacific, a fantastic nether world controlled by forces of electricity and magnetism. The stock characters-from a chatty Irish adventurer to a scheming Russian scientist-bring to life a story that resembles too many movies to name. And scriptwriters might still find much to mine in this entertaining ode to love and sacrifice.
From the Publisher
"The Moon Pool is a lost-world novel in the tradition of Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. Rider Haggard, and James Hilton that manages to be spooky, spiritual, and silly all at once."—Belles Lettres
Times Literary Supplement

"Students of early science fiction will welcome the University of Nebraska Press's series Bison Frontiers of Imagination."—Times Literary Supplement

New York Times Book Review

“Fantasy, romance, adventure; something of mystery, something of the supernatural; a weaving together of ancient legends, older by far than any historical records, with the scientific knowledge of the present day; and side by side with these, yet far above and mastering them, the power of human love and willing self-sacrifice, the whole held together by a shimmering, glittering web of imagination . . . It marks the debut of a writer possessed of a very unusual, perhaps one might almost call it extraordinary, richness of imagination.”—New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497582378
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/9/2014
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of 15 science fiction and fantasy novels, ABRAHAM MERRITT (1884-1943) was the most popular genre writer of his time. His talent for fantasy and science fiction writing was first recognized when the novelette version of this story appeared in a 1918 issue of All-Story Weekly. MICHAEL LEVY currently serves as Chair of the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A Note on the Text
Introduction
The Moon Pool
Notes
Bibliography
A Brief Biogaphy of A. Merritt
About the Author and Editor
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    The Shinning One!

    Abraham Merritt is my favorite Sci-Fi author. His fictional worlds intrigue me and draw me in like no other.
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    The Moon Pool is a fantastic "Center to the Earth" tale with lots of action, romance and mystery.
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    And I'd like to figure out how I can get a hold of a Keth. I might need one some day. ;)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2010

    great book...but...

    The Moon Pool is an amazing book. I read it a while back and wanted to read it again. I highly recommend the book but not this version. This version is so full of typos its nearly impossible to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Angry reader

    Exuse me this is 4 COMMENTS ABOUT THE BOOK!find a chat room!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Nightkit

    Moonpool no spaces first result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Spottedpelt

    Is bthis the moon pool?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Legend

    "Ok...Goodbye."she nervously pads off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Sunstar

    She asked "Stonestripe? Are you here?"

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    Nice,,,, Great...!

    Nice,,,, Great...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Coalspark of EmberClan

    Hi... Somebody from your Clan named Fatespeaker said that ThornClan will try to destroy us. She also said "claws of blood" will attack us. Do ou know if I may speak to her?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    This is The Moonpool. What is it?

    The Moonpool, where medicine cats, leaders, and warriors alike come to share tongues with the cats of Starclan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Arcticwind圄

    Leaves without guidance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Astrokit

    Heyyyyyyyyyyyy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    RoseBriar

    She gelt the ground shift beneath her paws. "You should go now. I am needed."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    MeadowBreeze

    The shecat felt the enviorment begin to move under her paws, and her colour began to lower in contrast, "That is for you to find out. For the Clans to find out."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    The moonpool.....

    Where starclan interacts with clans, where the dead meet the living and worlds colide.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Maggie

    Cam i join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Destinysoul

    She ads to the moonpool. She lays down and takes a drink of the water and shivers. Her eyes flutter close....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Bluestar life4

    I give you the life of Mentoring young cats. Use it well young one. There was a bolt of lightning but not as painfull

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Sandstorm To ALL Starclan cats life2

    Um hurry if you the one to give the next life!!! Oh well ill give it. She stepped forward and said "i give you the life of mothers love for there kits" there was a bolt of lightning tare through Stormeyes and then she mummered good luck. The drew back to her spot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Firestar

    Noded and steped forward and says clearly "StormEyes from this day you will be rembered for a long time, so i will give you the life of Lyalty and Speaking out in front of other cats." There was a bolt of lightning and blasted through his sides. He noded and paded back to his spot.

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