Aloha – More news from Ceres brings back a flood of memories. I’ve mentioned At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs before. It came back to mind yet again with theories popping up about ice volcanoes and sub-surface water on the asteroid, Ceres. Burroughs pulp fiction novel (originally a magazine serial) was published in 1914. As was the case with all of Burroughs many novels, it is a slick adventure story told in episodes (fit for magazine segments). I was fascinated by the concept of a juggernaut type vehicle that drilled into the Earth. In fact, I used the concept to entertain another high school student through a very boring class for weeks on end.
Burroughs’ iron mole goes out of control and takes the crew 500 miles below the surface of the planet to a world within a world, Pellucidar. Much like the John Carter of Mars series, this one is all action and honor. I would hardly categorize it as great literature, more of a fun ride especially for a young teenager.
Now the worlds of Ceres, Demeter, and Pellucidar can almost be merged into the latest exploration and upcoming arrival of Dawn near Ceres in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, do I recommend the Pellucidar series to you for reading. If you want a politically incorrect, sexist, adventure story, it’s okay. I have first editions at home. I actually think you’ll enjoy the Demeter series better, but then again I wrote that one. I don’t recommend the Doug McClure movie rendition.