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The Lost Continent

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The Lost Continent is one of the least-known of Burroughs' thrilling science-fiction tales. In the year 2137, civilization has been in decline for nearly two centuries, and war-torn Europe is but a distant memory to the inhabitants of the isolated United States. But an American adventurer rediscovers the Old World, which has become a strange and savage land.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Waking Lion Press (first published 1916)
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By 1916, Edgar Rice Burroughs was already a popular and regular contributor to the pulp periodicals of the day. Though a late starter--his first work, the John Carter story "Under the Moons of Mars," was serialized in "All-Story Magazine" in 1912, when Burroughs was 36--his output increased rapidly, to the point that by 1916, he had already seen the first three Carter works, the first two Tarzan titles, the first Pellucidar entry ("At the Earth's Core"), plus such various works as "The Eternal S...more
Ein Karniveur und Gentleman oder Der im Irrgarten der Barbarei herumtaumelnde Kavalier

Einen Pulp-Roman zu bewerten ist so eine Sache und eine leichte dazu, wollte man BEYOND THIRTY mit einem Stern abstrafen. Man kan soetwas tun, zumal dieser nicht zu ERBs großen Romane zählt. So manches ist hier nicht gelungen und die Fehler wiegen nicht leicht. Ein Held, so wenig charismatisch wie der deutsche Durchschnittspolitiker, eine Handlung, die viel Potential verschenkt und ERB-typisch zu einem überstür...more
Even allowing for the period when this was written, the plot and setting are both implausible.

So an isolationist America decides to bar all communication with the rest of the world to avoid WWI. How was this enforced on, say, Canada, which was part of the British empire at the time? But even if you overlook that or the fact that the distance between Russia and Alaska is easily crossed by the Inuit, given the level of technology that China and the Ethiopian kingdoms achieved, the suggestion that...more
Gustavo Volmar Gil
The narrative style of Edgar rice, although well written, takes away much of what would be a great story. As for the plot, it is a great idea, very well developed. For this I will give a half star.

The story is very interesting and keeps you guessing as to the outcome. A very enjoyable book. For this I will give a full star.

The premise of the book, does make you think on the outcome of the real war, both world wars, and how Europe has actually fallen from the cradle of great empires, to a gradual...more
Ein Karniveur und Gentleman oder Der im Irrgarten der Barbarei herumtaumelnde Kavalier

Einen Pulp-Roman zu bewerten ist so eine Sache und eine leichte dazu, wollte man BEYOND THIRTY, so der Originaltite von THE LOST CONTINENT, mit einem Stern abstrafen. Man kan soetwas tun, zumal dieser nicht zu ERBs großen Romane zählt. So manches ist hier nicht gelungen und die Fehler wiegen nicht leicht. Ein Held, so wenig charismatisch wie der deutsche Durchschnittspolitiker, eine Handlung, die viel Potential...more
Thom Swennes
Undoubtedly the pro-isolationist sentiment that gripped the United States at the prior to and after the commencement of World War I has much to do with the inspiring theme of this story. Set in the year 2137, this might be the only narrative by this author that would nudge the genre of science fiction. In order to assure neutrality in the war that was bleeding Europe to death, North and South America prohibit travel eastward, effectively cutting off all communication with Europe and the rest of...more
Too short! What if the United States had decided in 1916 that rather than become involved in WW1 they would seal the America's off from the rest of the world? What if for over 200 years they had patroled the Atlantic and the Pacific at 30 degree and 175 degrees sinking every ship that tried to cross and forbidding on pain of death their own people to attempt contact with Asia, Africa, Europe, or Australia?

That is the premise of this book. The year is 2137 and an old Panamerican naval vessel tha...more
Stephen Gallup
Europeans would surely find the idea behind this story quaint. Writing in 1916, ERB saw a future in which isolationist America cuts itself off from warlike Europe and has no contact with the entire hemisphere for two centuries. Finally, an American military vessel is blown off course by a storm, and by a series of misadventures the captain and two of his men wash up on the coast of what used to be England. Civilization there and in all of Europe appears to have regressed a couple thousand years...more
This book was written in 1915 by the author who came up with Tarzan. The story takes place 200 years in the future (2116 or so). It is a speculation of what would happen if Europe, Asia, and Africa continue to tear themselves apart with the First World War. In reaction to the Eastern Hemisphere War, a unified Western Hemisphere, Pan-America, has been formed as a defense against getting pulled into the conflict (This aspect to the story is in part a reaction by Burroughs to the rise at the time o...more
Marc Leroux
I was cataloging books today, and came across this one from E.R. Burroughs. I couldn't remember reading it, and it was a rainy day, so ...
The premise is that the US took an isolationist position during the First World War, and Burroughs ignored the fact that Canada had a steady stream of ships flowing to and from, and Europe became cut off; in effect becoming the lost continent.
As with all Burroughs books, the plot is simple. Man finds woman. Man loses woman, man eventually finds woman and they...more
To be perfectly honest, I borrowed this book because I was trying to figure out how to add library books to my Kobo and it was available at the time. I really had no desire to read it. However it was only 100 pages and I was home sick so I gave it a quick read.

The year is 2137, apparently after or during the great war, the United States cut themselves off from Europe. No one was allowed past the 30 longitudinal line. United States is now called Pan-America and its Navy patrols the Atlantic to en...more
A very interesting idea that really could've been taken further. Edgar Rice Burroughs could've done so much more with this book. Still it was a good story with what he presented.
The story takes place in the future where America has become isolated from the rest of the world as a result of war. A navy officer and some of his men are separated from their ship and they sail to a Europe that has reverted to a primitive lifestyle. Filled with action and adventure Burroughs once again successfully cr...more
Rhianna Schoonover
Read this years ago. Actually read it not realizing it was an Edgar Rice Burroughs. I'm glad I did read it, had I just judged by the author I'd have lost out on a good story.

It tells about the world of Europe following another "great war" that the US chooses to excuse itself from. The characters you meet, the locations you visit, Burroughs did a wonderful job of writing a story that envelopes the reader, pulling you along to the end. When the end did arrive, it has left a lasting impression on m...more
If you like the more famous works of this author, you'll love it - more jungle adventures fighting lions and tigers and natives. Except, the twist is that the Natives are the degrenerated peoples of Britain and Europe who have, apparently, destroyed themselves after The Great War. Not only that, but the survivors continue warring - the armies of the Chinese and Abyssinian new Empires. Throw in a savage young girl, Victory, who just happens to be heir to the throne, and you have a typical (if a b...more
Rob Roy
This book was written in 1916, when the "Great War" raged in Europe, and America wanted to stay out of it. The premise is that the Americas did stay out and finally isolated themselves from the old world setting boundaries which no ship would cross. The book takes place over 200 years later, when a Naval Air-Submarine Ship breaks down and is swept across the 30 degree boundary and the commanding officer rediscovers the old world. The book is dated not only in its premise, but its underlying raci...more
Йоан Дянков
Quiet fun, but not the best in it's genre. It's interesting to see this kind of alternative universe.
I was expecting something more in the lines of a scientific romance like Doyle's "The Lost World" and while it did have some of that thrill, it also had more science fiction in involved. Burroughs is a master of pulp fiction, you either like that sort of thing, or you don't. It's not my absolute favorite, but I did enjoy the novel. The first 3/4ths are quite engaging, his speculation on the degeneration of the European continent due to a massive war and complete isolation from the influences of...more
Sam Lonberg
Very different than what I am used to reading. Very terse writing, and very much a product of its time! Curious to read more of his work, though.
David Brzezinski
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Rick Hautala
I devoured Burroughs books as a kid, and I read one or two books by him every year to remind myself what it was like to have a sense of wonder (and not "read like a writer," which is what I usually do these days.) ... THE LOST CONTINENT, I have to say, is a lousy book and remained obscure Burroughs for a reason. The characters are thinner than usual in an ERB book. The plot is preposterous. And the resolution is handled so fast it makes little to no sense ... Lousy stuff! I'll stick with John Ca...more
An ultra-thin,ultra-fast read. The title was changed from "Beyond Thirty" because readers found it baffling. I don't really understand that because the title is adequately explained in the text. The book presents a future where the new world has been cut off from the old world for centuries. It stands the "wild west" trope on its head with Europe being the savage land. England still has a queen, but she's not what you would expect. I found this book to be over far too soon.
Robert Appleton
Despite a resonably promising opening, this story falls flat on its face once it reaches "mysterious" Europe. Every single tired ERB trope is shamelessly trotted out, with none his customary flair. He's on autopilot here, and it's frankly painful to read for the most part. It's set in the future, though you wouldn't know it from the trapped-in-amber prose and dialogue and the baffling lack of imagination. I usually enjoy ERB's books, but he's just not trying here.
Marts  (Thinker)
The Lost Continent also called Beyond Thirty, introduces a world in 2137 with a Eurasia crippled by war and a civilised America. During this time no American has ever ventured east of the 30th parallel and its actually a law not to, however an American called Jefferson Turck happens upon England after a storm sends his ship off course..... he finds a desolate land.....
Jessica Hollo
Normally I read these comics of familiar stories to get idea, but I had never read the original here, so it was something different for me.
Very true to Burroughs origanl style, from what I can tell of his other stories.
Interesting concept of the world being so separated, and how we would evolve if the war never ended.
Any book by Burroughs is a joy to read. An early alternate history novel to be sure. This book may also make Burroughs the father of alternate history novels. Filled with adventure and some romance and an ending making you think there could always be more story to come sometime in the future.

An decent book, but not very deep. The beginning of the story is pretty strong, the middle is alright, but the ending just seems rushed. I would have liked another chapter to better explain Turck's journey home as well as some of the other things that were glazed over in the last 2 pages.
John Cress
A nice enjoyable read - basically, a ship docks into what was once Europe and the setting of Europe has changed quite a bit. The book also includes an adventure quality with a likable main character who at times seems in over his head. Worth an afternoon if you have time.
Usually I can't put the books of Edgar Rice Burroughs down until I've reached the very last page. But this book I couldn't get past the first chapter, I found it very boring.
David Cain
Weird and wonderful
Dec 07, 2012 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Also called "Beyond Thirty." I just re-read this book last summer. Edgar Rice Burroughs had so many great ideas. He is a good author and I loved reading his books in the summers under the elm tree in my back yard when I was a teenager.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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