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Nequa or The Problem of the Ages

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In "Nequa or The Problem of the Ages," Jack Adams presents a complex and thought-provoking exploration of the struggle between good and evil, as experienced through the journey of the protagonist Nequa. The novel is filled with rich symbolism and allegory that encourages readers to reflect on deeper existential questions about life, morality, and the nature of the universe.

Adams' writing is both poetic and philosophical, drawing readers in with vivid descriptions and compelling character development. Nequa's internal conflict as she grapples with the forces of darkness and the pursuit of truth is palpable throughout the narrative, making her a relatable and engaging protagonist.

While the novel may be challenging for some readers due to its dense themes and abstract concepts, those willing to invest time and thought into unraveling its layers will find a rewarding reading experience. Overall, "Nequa or The Problem of the Ages" is a thought-provoking and spiritually enriching novel that invites readers to ponder the complexities of human nature and the eternal struggle between good and evil.

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Nequa or The Problem of the Ages is one of the first feminist science fiction books published in the United States. It was first serialized in the newspaper Equity, and two editions were published in Topeka, Kansas in 1900. The voyage described in Nequa is to the Arctic. The captain of the ship is amazed to find that when they reach a certain spot, which should be close to the North Pole, the compass shows that the ship is suddenly traveling south. Actually they have sailed into the interior of the earth, where they meet the Altrurians, a people who have developed into a more cooperative society than those of the outer earth. Individual Altrurians describe how the evolution of their society took place. These explanations reflect the Populist thought of the time, with definite feminist proclivities, thereby providing the tone of a political novel.
While the book was published with the pseudonym of Jack Adams, it was copyrighted under the names Alcanoan A. Grigsby and Mary P. Lowe, who are presumed to be the true authors. - Summary by Jeff Burke


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