The moon pool

The moon pool

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by Abraham Merritt
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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.
"This edition of The Moon Pool is a rare accomplishment: a scholarly edition of a piece of pulp fiction. Levy's edition does a service to the whole genre."
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.
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.”

Times Literary Supplement

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940020456952
Publisher:
New York G.P. Putnam''s sons
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
564 KB

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"This edition of The Moon Pool is a rare accomplishment: a scholarly edition of a piece of pulp fiction. Levy's edition does a service to the whole genre."
John Huntington, author of Rationalizing Genius

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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The Moon Pool 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SoCalMom More than 1 year ago
Abraham Merritt is my favorite Sci-Fi author. His fictional worlds intrigue me and draw me in like no other. <br> The Moon Pool is a fantastic "Center to the Earth" tale with lots of action, romance and mystery. <br> And I'd like to figure out how I can get a hold of a Keth. I might need one some day. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exuse me this is 4 COMMENTS ABOUT THE BOOK!find a chat room!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is the book about
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wakes up and pads back to camp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I knew it!" He says and gets on his horse. He gallops out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is bthis the moon pool?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She asked "Stonestripe? Are you here?"
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Nice,,,, Great...!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heyyyyyyyyyyyy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where starclan interacts with clans, where the dead meet the living and worlds colide.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He padded up to StormEyes "i give these to lives. Honor and pride. Us thes two fo the greater good of your clan an my clan." Pain of two lives surged through Stormeyes "now Stormeyes you will be known as Stormstar. Lead your cl well."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"We've been wondering what the propchey means." He sat up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her friend.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ur a bi.tch rex
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your bra burts and your boobs flop out. "Pool sex." He says and jumps into a huge pool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Arrives
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starclan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She padded in and up to Dust. Hello, she mewed. Lilacsong
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You.....you do!!!!!! *she said half surprised and half excited* I do too!!!!!! *as soon as she said that she blushed and awkwardly smiled*~ Greenwhisker (i gtg. Im goning bac o my house and i have no wifi there sadly.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait dont get whats happening
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need my nine lives