Somewhere in the unexplored heart of Africa a part of this Earth has been taken over by an intelligence from outer space. Such was the message that reached the explorer Hareton Ironcastle, member of the famous Baltimore Gun Club. In that hidden and transformed valley would now be found monsters and pre-humans not to be seen anywhere else.
Such a challenge could not be ignored, and the account of Ironcastle's expedition of daring but inexperienced amateurs became one of the classic novels of the French writer, J. H. Rosny, who was a contemporary of Verne, Wells, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Now Philip Jos Farmer, Hugo winner and chronicler of the adventures of Tarzan and Doc Savage, has translated and retold Rosny's novel, making it a marvel adventure novel to stand alongside the works of Burroughs, Haggard and Farmer himself.
Philip Jose Farmer was born in Indiana in 1918. Although he once said he resolved to become a writer in the fourth grade, it wasn't until 1952 that his first SF was published - the novella THE LOVERS, which won him the HUGO AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING NEW AUTHOR. Although best known for his Riverworld sequence, beginning with the HUGO AWARD-winning TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO, Farmer also pioneered the use of sexual and religious themes in SF and wrote several novels reworking the lore of celebrated pulp heroes such as Tarzan and Doc Savage. He also wrote the tongue-in-cheek VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL using the pseudonym Kilgore Trout, a character who appeared in several Kurt Vonnegut novels. Philip Jose Farmer won three HUGOs, a WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR LIFE ACHIEVEMENT and the DAMON KNIGHT MEMORIAL GRAND MASTER AWARD. He died in 2009.
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