These beings, known as Vril-ya, live underground, but are planning soon to claim .. Bulwer-Lytton was probably intrigued by the idea of hollow earth and some. Vril (The Power of the Coming Race). Edward Bulwer-Lytton (). Edward_Bulwer_Lytton_Hermetik. Chapter 1 to 4 · Chapter 5 to 8 · Chapter 9 to Vril: The Power of the Coming Race [Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Tarl Warwick] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Vril; the Power of the Coming .

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The last third or so of the book, in fact, becomes a bizarre romantic chase that goes on way too long for my tastes.

He befriends the first being he meets, who guides him around a city that is reminiscent of ancient Egyptian architecture.

There is no apparent evidence for such a society, even though Hitler certainly had occult interests. That might not be the right word, but there might not be a right word.

The narrator reaches the bottom of the chasm safely, but the rope breaks and his friend is killed.

Technology is advanced in this underground civilization, and everyone is equal, but this does have its own set of problems that are hinted at in the book. The Power of the Coming Race”. Maybe analyzing it in class will encourage me to up the star rating but for now it remains at a 1 because it was torturous to get through.

Written in the classic Victorian style with plenty of detail and gentlemanly views and standards, this is a great sci-fi tale that follows the narrator as he discovers an ancient civilisation, the Vril-ya, that live in subterranean caves and tunnels vgil being driven from the surface by floods.

I had expected an early SF novel about a secret race living underground to be considerably more gripping. Bulwer-Lytton is not a great writer but he has a dry and detached aristocratic sense of humour that makes thi This is a bit of Victorian nonsense of which one can only be grateful that it is relatively short by the period’s standards. Jun 26, Kevin Hull rated it really liked it. It seems to me, after reading this material, that somewhere along the way modern society has lost its reverence for the written word and the patience to read something that takes the buulwer to be eloquent.


Ok, so the Vril isn’t actually magic. Is there a plot to this story? Still I wouldn’t mind a Vril-stick.

It describes an adventurer stumbling onto an unknown civilization. It is ostensibly the tale of an apparent utopia deep underground. If you can suggest any other idea of carrying out that idea of a destroying race, I should be glad. Taxes were high, but nobody bitched.

Both its useful life-giving properties and its immense destructive potential. Jun 07, Susan rated it it was ok Shelves: May 21, Darryl rated it it was amazing. Like most of the literature in that era, it tells the story in a flowing, eloquent way that is a pleasure to read in and of itself.

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It’s difficult to read, and includes a theme akin to Romeo and Juliet without the romance. This is the only book of his I’ve read, so my opinion of his writing is based solely on this one example. Probably even the notion of Vril vrl be more cleared from mysticism or mesmerism by being simply defined to be electricity and conducted by those staves or rods, omitting all about mesmeric passes, etc.

Faraday was hugely influential in lyttn the connection between electricity and magnetism. Vril is used for destruction only on rare occasions, and typically to subdue beasts such as the aforementioned Krek.

As an early sci-fi novel, I guess it isn’t bad. Beyond psychic powers, many of the other staples of science fiction are present, thanks to the power of Vril:.


A classic of utopian science fiction–oh boy! Much of the novel focusses on society and social norms and how they differ between the upper and inner worlds.

The Coming Race

But, they were advanced. He has recourse to “try to look pretty” as women compliment him in a society where women are the wooers and men the wooed, though his only descriptions of married women about the Vril-ya are housekeepers who, he continually emphasizes, are the most submissive wives ever. But the more time he spends with the Vrll the more he realises that while they are a peaceful race, they are more than capable of reclaiming the surface world from humans and more importantly are obviously considering doing so.

In all service, whether in or out of doors, they make great use of automaton figures, which are so ingenious, and so pliant to the operations of vril, that they actually seem gifted with reason. Well, it wouldn’t work there either, without the threat of vril annihilation.

Vril, The Power of the Coming Race

The Last Days of Pompeiiwhich I discussed in detail in this post. The result is that the Gy must woo the Aun, promising them favours and not to interfere in their hobbies in exchange for marriage AND be the silly sensitive sex which needs to be protected from its own stupidity. Everything important is free and prejudice has been eliminated by a homogenous society that turns to ash anyone who threaten its placid existence. It was highly influential in Theosophy and other esoteric occult movements of the time, to the point where some believed it was a true account.

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