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The Infra-Medians   By: (1897-1970)

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The Infra-Medians by Sewell Peaslee Wright is a compelling science fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey into the depths of Earth's hidden underworld. Set in the early 20th century, the story follows the adventures of a group of explorers as they stumble upon a hidden civilization residing in vast caverns beneath Earth's surface.

Wright's writing style is captivating and keeps readers engaged throughout the book. His vivid descriptions of the caverns and the infra-median society create a vivid and immersive reading experience. The author's impeccable attention to detail allows readers to easily visualize the unique underground world, its inhabitants, and their way of life.

The characters in The Infra-Medians are well-developed and relatable, making it easy to invest in their journey and trials. The protagonist, Dr. Richard Ballinger, a brilliant scientist, leads the expedition with a sense of curiosity and determination. The supporting cast brings depth to the story, each character adding their own unique perspective and skills to the team.

What sets this book apart is its exploration of various themes such as adventure, friendship, and the potential dangers of human arrogance. As the explorers navigate the infra-medians' society, they are confronted with an advanced civilization that challenges their preconceived notions and beliefs. Wright seamlessly weaves in thought-provoking questions about the balance between progress and morality.

The pacing of the novel is well-maintained, with a perfect balance between action-packed sequences and moments of introspection. The author effortlessly builds tension with unforeseen twists and turns, keeping readers guessing and eager to uncover the secrets hidden beneath the Earth's surface.

One minor drawback of the book is the occasionally dated language and attitudes that reflect the time it was written. While it may not resonate with modern readers as strongly, it serves as a reminder of the era in which the story was conceived and adds historical context.

Overall, The Infra-Medians is an entertaining and thought-provoking sci-fi adventure that combines excellent world-building, compelling characters, and an engrossing plot. Wright's detailed descriptions and imaginative storytelling create a unique reading experience that will appeal to both fans of classic science fiction and newcomers to the genre.

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[Illustration: The others fell back instantly. ]

Into a land of shadows and lost souls goes Pete Grahame in search of his hapless friends.

There was no sense to the note. There was no sense to anything that Vic Butler did, for that matter. Where he hid away his vast scientific knowledge in that rattle brained, red haired head of his has always been a mystery to me. The note read:

Dear Pete:

If you get this, I'm in a jam that promises some action.

Drive out, if plane peddling is palling on you, and bust into the lab. I'm leaving another note there for you, old son, and after you read it you can let your conscience be your guide.

Bring a gat along, and plenty of ammo. Hope's away, at Aunt Cleo's, so don't get in touch with her and spoil her visit.


I had a hot prospect lined up for a demonstration that morning, but I didn't even stop to give him a ring. Vic and I had been buddies ever since we were kids and, besides, he was Hope's brother.

Vic's place was out on the river, about ten miles from town, and that little tan roadster of mine made it in just about ten minutes... Continue reading book >>

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