Pellucidar meets Ceres meets Demeter

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.

Best wishes,

Doc

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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.