At the Earth’s Core and Edgar Rice Burroughs

Aloha – My interest in Edgar Rice Burroughs really didn’t start until I was in college.  I’d already read and re-read all of my favorite Robert Heinlein novels by then.  The idea of underworld civilizations actually start though, with the old Superman TV series when Superman had to deal with creatures who inhabited an underground world.  In High School, I was bored in a class and with a fellow student (who ironically had beaten me up in 6th grade) developed a juggernaut that drilled into the Earth and traveled at quite a rapid clip considering it had to drill its way through rock and dirt.

Getting back to Burroughs, I was working my way through college and would often spend my lunch break at the library just a block from where I worked.  I really wasn’t that interested in the Tarzan series, but devoured the John Carter from Mars series.  Actually I’ve read the series a couple of times now.  But what to read when those books were gone.  I ran across a much shorter series that started with At the Earth’s Core.  A juggernaut was built that drilled into the Earth’s crust and eventually came upon a populated world that is similar to Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth.  These books are fun quick reads and I’ll probably go into a bit more detail on some of them in a later blog.

Now, in Demeter, we add another world to the notion of a world not on the surface but inside a world.  The question of what the world would look like and how it would work was interesting.  I had a fun time working out how gravity worked in such a world.

Citizen of the Galaxy

Aloha – Debbie (or her alter ego) has been ill for some time now so I’m jumping in.  In 6th grade I fell in love with Science Fiction, especially anything written by Robert Heinlein.  Later, he shifted to more mature topics, but his young adult and/or middle school written has stuck with me and inspired me to some extent relative to what I write.

One of my favorite Heinlein novels was “Citizen of the Galaxy”.  I managed to pick up a true first addition of the 1957 novel that I’ve added to my small collection of Heinlein memorabilia.  The protagonist in the novel is a young boy, sold at auction in a far off world.  He is raised by a beggar.  But nothing is as it seems.  Baslim is actually a spy, and after crossing large swaths of the galaxy, it turns out that Thorby is much more than a beggar’s adopted son.  A great tale where the good guys are truly good guys (and girls).  It does a very good job of showing different socio-economic systems and cultures.  But at 13 years old I really didn’t care.  I just wanted a great adventure story.