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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 30th 2008 by Waking Lion Press (first published 1916)
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Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Thom Swennes
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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
May 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erb
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
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a older style Fantasy novel following a similar way of writing as the more well known Barsoom (John Carter) books; also by Burroughs.

A brave, courageous and chauvinistic American Navy man goes off course and ends up in ruined Europe; England in particular. He finds the 'primitive locals' and has a series of adventures; also happening to meet a beautiful woman of royal ancestry of course.

The character development is minimal and there are plot inconsistencies and mistakes but because it's
This is about as pulpy as pulp fiction gets, which is a good thing. Written in 1915, before America joined the Great War, it’s a post-apocalyptic story of the desolation of Europe after America self-isolates in WWI, and the subsequent discovery of civilization that has reverted to stereotypical hunter-gatherer.

Kudos to Burroughs for at least trying to portray women with less misogyny. Our busty and beautiful heroine is good with a knife, and a nice nod is given to matriarchy, even though the kin
Cindy Matthews
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a surprisingly "modern" science fiction tale written in 1916, a mere 4 years after Burroughs' Tarzan tales first appeared. The airship/submarine at the opening is very steampunk, and the political scenario is intriguing, considering the WWI wasn't quite finished at the time of its publication. Some of the racist and sexist overtones are a bit off-putting in the main character, but it's to be expected in an 100 year old book. A must read for all Edgar Rice Burroughs fans.
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
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Glenn O'Bannon
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was published in 1916 and is most likely a reaction to the horrific war going on in Europe. It's been at least 200 years since WWi and citizens of Pan-America, as it is called by then, are forbidden to travel to Asia or Europe. No one knows what is going on there.

But our hero, captain of a naval ship which is sort of an amphibious dirigible, gets blown past the forbidden meridian 30 to the shores of what used to be England.

It's a cynical story as you might expect. It portrays the eff
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, pulp, sci-fi
BEYOND THIRTY (A.K.A. THE LOST CONTINENT) is a lightweight action/adventure story that gets more absurd with each plot twist. It's not great, but in some ways it's ahead of its time. Not only does it anticipate much of PLANET OF THE APES, but it also posits a future in which white people are subjugated by more-highly-evolved African races (a scenario I imagine caused controversy when the book was first released). Ultimately, though, it's the Chinese who sweep across the globe and basically take ...more
Daniel Casey
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Burroughs goes from Cornwall to Beijing in 120 pages in this long short story set in 2137--your typical Imperialist adventure. However, Burroughs great gift is writing a compelling tale that can be easily visualized. A quirky piece of literary history
May 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oohohohohohooh. Sa püha pask, kui õudne raamat. Teistele hoiatuseks: kui kavatsete seda kaunist, õilsat üllitist lugema hakata, siis pange heaga kätte, mis raamatut ei hoia, paks pajakinnas. Seda läheb vaja lauba kaitsmiseks, sest muidu laksite end juba poole raamatu peal ogaraks. Jube. JUBE. Ülihormonaalse ja endast jube heal arvamusel oleva, aga vaimult ja teadmistelt päris vaese tiineka self-insert male fantasy fulfillment, ütleme nii. Aju hakkas valutama seda lugedes. Nii õblukeses teoses ni ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
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.....
Kaj Samuelsson
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting book on what could have happened if the World Wars had continued. And it was written in 1915. England mostly populated by tigers and lions and very few people, and the continent also almost empty of people though it is supposed to have been 200 years since the war.
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Great stuff. The "lost continent" is Europe. This is a post apocalyptic novel really.
Eric Layton
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Not too bad.
Timothy Boyd
A great fast paced SiFi/adventure story by one of the pulp era masters. Recommended
Even Nerheim
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
When I found this title by Burroughs, I hoped I had found a hidden gem. I hoped that perhaps he had written a book unlike his other books with more original characters, story and themes. I was wrong.

The setting itself is interesting; what if the USA never came to aid in WW1? However, from the moment the characters landed in England, I knew I had read this story before in all of Burroughs other books.

The main man, a manly army man with great honor and no impulse control, is stranded in a primiti
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, erb
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
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I've read Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes and loved it. I've been eying the Barsoom (John Carter of Mars) series, but then at this year's WonderCon in Anaheim I sat in on a Burrough's panel and they mentioned The Lost Continent and it grabbed my attention. I was happy to find it at my local used book store. It's a short book, but it holds a rich story.

The back cover is a little misleading, so I'll give a quick story recap. The book is what we now
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Burroughs non-series short novel from 1916 rather rushes to its end, but up to then is a great read.
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty sure this isn't the place to start with Burroughs. After all, it's an odd one that for a long time was pretty hard to find. My guess is the Burrough's fans will be most interested in this one, where the casual tourist, like myself, should probably go for the more popular fare. My mistake. This is what happens when 50 cent thrift store purchases determine your reading habits.

As for the book, it's a pretty standard speculative fiction jungle adventure. Very pulpy, very manly, with little in
original title: Beyond Thirty; read during fall 1969
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This 1916 novel is in public domain, and can be obtained in free ebook format. Edgar Rice Burroughs was the early twentieth century prolific American author of the Tarzan and Barsoom (John Carter of Mars) books. Originally published with the title "Beyond Thirty", it is a short stand-alone; probably it would be categorized as a novella today.

When reading science fiction of this vintage, you need to consider the state of the world in which it was written. The Lost Continent is set 200 years forwa
David Caldwell
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Western Hemisphere decides to not get involved in the Great War (World War I) taking place in Europe. In fact, they cut off all contact with the Eastern Hemisphere. Over two hundred years pass and the lands in the Westen Hemisphere have joined together as one country and have known peace for most of that time. Their military stills patrols the borders to insure that no one crosses from the east to the west. It is punishable by death to cross from the west to the east as well. But when one of ...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
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-classics
Written in 1916 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, "The Lost Continent" is the story of Jefferson Turck, a 21 year old Navy Lieutenant for Pan America. The premise is that the US and the rest of the western hemisphere didn't participate in the "Great War" (World War I), and Europe went on to destroy itself. And since the consolidation of all North and South America nations into the single nation of Pan America, no one has bothered to travel outside the longitude boundaries of 30d on the east and 175d on t ...more
Peter Carrier
Adventure. Romance. Excitement.

All this in a post-apocalyptic setting that would make even the most jaded fan of the genre take notice. While the particulars might be cause for debate (lions and tigers, but no bears. Oh, my), E.R. Burroughs does not disappoint. While it might be difficult to take his 'divided' world at face value given the nature of our omnipresent connectivity, this set-up seems largely believable, given the predictive future of the era in which it was written (1915). The story
This was a bit of a curiosity. Burroughs' “Beyond Thirty” (I read the Ace edition, entitled “The Lost Continent”) is a rarity and it's not hard to see why. It was written in 1916 when the Great War was in full swing and it is set in a far future in which the world was divided by that war. Our hero, naval officer Jefferson Turck, is from the empire of Pan America which is isolated from the rest of the world. Through a series of typically Burroughsian circumstances he and some of his crew cross t ...more
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