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Book Title: At the Earth's Core|
The author of the book: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edition: Ace Books F156
Date of issue: 1961
ISBN 13: 9780441061563
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With first paperback edition, Ace finally began to systematically reprint the novels of Burroughs in mass market form. With the fabulous Krenkel cover art, it is a classic among classics.
The author relates how he has encountered in the Sahara a remarkable vehicle & its pilot, David Innes, a man with a remarkable story to tell.
David is a mining heir who finances the experimental "iron mole," an excavating vehicle designed by his elderly inventor friend Abner Perry. In a test run, they discover the vehicle cannot be turned. It burrows 500 miles into the earth's crust, emerging into the unknown interior world of Pellucidar. In Burroughs' concept, the Earth is a hollow shell with Pellucidar as the internal surface of that shell.
Pellucidar is inhabited by prehistoric creatures of all geological eras, & dominated by the Mahars, a species of flying reptile both intelligent & civilized which enslaves & preys on the local stone-age humans. Innes & Perry are captured by the Mahars' ape-like Sagoth servants & taken with other human captives to the chief Mahar city of Phutra. Among their fellow captives are the brave Ghak, the Hairy One, from the country of Sari, the shifty Hooja the Sly One & the lovely Dian the Beautiful of Amoz.
David, attracted to Dian, defends her against the unwanted attentions of Hooja, but due to his ignorance of local customs she assumes he wants her as a slave, not a friend or lover, & subsequently snubs him. Only later, after Hooja slips their captors in a dark tunnel & forces Dian to leave with him, does David learn from Ghak the cause of the misunderstanding.
In Phutra the captives become slaves, & the two surface worlders learn more of Pellucidar & Mahar society. The Mahars are all female, reproducing parthogenetically by means of a closely-guarded "Great Secret" contained in a Mahar book. David learns that they also feast on selected human captives in a secret ritual. In a disturbance, David manages to escape Phutra, becomes lost, & has a number of adventures before sneaking back into the city. Rejoining Abner, he finds the latter did not even realize he was gone, & the two discover that time in Pellucidar, in the absence of objective means to measure it, is a subjective thing, experienced by different people at different rates.
Obsessed with righting the wrong he has unwittingly done Dian, David escapes again & eventually finds & wins her by defeating the malevolent Jubal the Ugly One, another unwanted suitor. David makes amends. He & Dian wed.
Later, along with Ghak & other allies, David & Abner lead a revolt of humankind against the Mahars. Their foes are hampered by the loss of the Great Secret, which David has stolen & hidden. To further the struggle David returns to the Iron Mole, in which he & Dian propose to travel back to the surface world to procure outer world technology. Only after it is underway does he discover that Hooja has substituted a drugged Mahar for Dian. The creature attacks David but is overcome. The return to the surface world proceeds successfully.
Surfaced, David meets the author, who after hearing his tale & seeing his prehistoric captive, helps him resupply & prepare the mole for the return to Pellucidar.
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Read information about the authorEdgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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