Saturday, January 26, 2019
Welcome back to Straitlaced Saturday and a new feature here at Teagan’s Books. Victorian Novels will complement the era of my steampunk serial, Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers.
The latest chapter of that serial (click here for chapter 27) mentioned another novel written within the time-frame of my story.
Vril, the Power of the Coming Race
This week’s novel from the Victorian Era is Vril, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. It has been published as The Coming Race (as Bulwer-Lytton first anonymously published it in 1871), Vril the Power of the Coming Race, and simply Vril.
Victorian Science Fiction
Vril was science fiction, before anyone even gave the genre that name. The straightlaced folks of the day might have described it as “science fictional” though it wouldn’t have been a genre name.
Project Gutenburg Link to Vril, the Power of the Coming Race FREE
(Link now repaired.)
Back in the day, many readers actually believed this story about a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called “Vril.” Or they at least believed parts of it to be true. Plus these were well educated and respected people of the time, like Helena Blavatsky, William Scott-Elliot, and Rudolf Steiner.
Central character is a young traveler. Inside a mine, he explores a natural chasm that has been exposed by an exploratory shaft. The traveler finds his way into a subterranean world occupied by beings who seem to resemble angels. He befriends the first being he meets, who guides him around a city that is reminiscent of ancient Egyptian architecture. He meets a love-interest, so I won’t spoil any of that, although that part is rather predictable.
If all that sounds an awful lot like several movies that have been made over the decades, then just think how long ago this novel was written.
If you want the book and have trouble accessing it, let me know and I’ll send you a file.
Can you imagine being at a hidebound dinner party and mentioning this book as the topic of conversation? What do you think would have been said in a Victorian pub if someone read a chapter to his chuckaboos? Please leave a comment and start or join a conversation.
Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers continues on Hidebound Hump Day. Next time, the “three things” driving the story are from Mary J. McCoy-Dressel. Tune in to see what Straitlaced, Queen Anne Style Architecture, and Harper’s Bazaar add to the story.
My chuckaboos, I’ll be looking for you at the steampunk submarine port on Wednesday.
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