"Soon the ancient mystery of Africa will have vanished,” H. Rider Haggard lamented, asking “[where will] the romance writers of future generations find a safe and secret place, unknown to the pestilent accuracy of the geographer, in which to lay their plots?” The answer at least in the short term was Australia." —Russell Blackford, Van Ikin, Sean McMullen, Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction.
This Early Australian Science Fiction anthology is a collection of 16 tales considered to be among the most influential Australian works in the lost world genre. They are the works most referred to by researchers when they discuss Australian colonial science fiction. Some have been made available for Kindle for the very first time and are exclusive to ROH Press.
Out of the Silence: "For anyone who wants to read an early sci-fi classic that isn't bent on killing you with detail, this is an excellent novel." ~ John Conrad, Goodreads.com
The Last Lemurian: "A fun read for those who enjoy the older lost race kinds of stories." ~Charles, Goodreads.com
Fugitive Anne: "A "lost race" adventure novel in the tradition of H. Rider Haggard, Rosa Praed's Fugitive Anne (1902) also confronts important issues of the day, including colonialism and the difficulties faced by women trapped in bad marriages."
Eureka: "One of the finer books of its kind, unfortunately very rare." ~ Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Lost Race Checklist
Marooned on Australia: "Mr. Favenc is very well equipped to write a stirring tale of this country, and in his new book Marooned on Australia he has produced a romance in which he so cleverly used the legends of the past, the varying natural characteristics, clash of races, and daring adventure that it ought to be enjoyed by a wide circle of readers." ~ The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 Dec, 1896
"With the publication of Oo-a-deen or, the Mysteries of the Interior Unveiled in 1847, an unknown author not only pioneered the lost civilization motif in Australian science fiction, but also gave Australian readers their first taste of a utopia in the moral tradition of Sir Thomas Moore." ~ Van Ikin, Australian Science Fiction, 1982
Koi; or, The Thing Without Any Bones: "Heady stuff: a spectacularly over-the-top fantasy." ~James Doig, Woormwoodiana (A blog devoted to fantasy, supernatural and decadent literature)
|Imprint||Masterworks of Adventure|
|Published||March 10, 2019|