The Coming Race: The Vril

The Coming Race The Vril Gearbox Giraffe Press an imprint of nereusmedia presents new publications on Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence timely topics at the dawn of the Singularity Author and researcher August Mold

  • Title: The Coming Race: The Vril
  • Author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton August Moldenhauer
  • ISBN: 9781329762824
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gearbox Giraffe Press, an imprint of nereusmedia, presents new publications on Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence, timely topics at the dawn of the Singularity Author and researcher August Moldenhauer presents the origins of Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence in this newly edited edition of Edward Buwler Lytton s The Coming Race exposing the power of the Gearbox Giraffe Press, an imprint of nereusmedia, presents new publications on Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence, timely topics at the dawn of the Singularity Author and researcher August Moldenhauer presents the origins of Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence in this newly edited edition of Edward Buwler Lytton s The Coming Race exposing the power of the vril This annotated edition also includes Moldenhauer s introduction On Transhumanism, Artificial Intelligence, and Vril Will the Singularity truly revolutionize energy, technology, and humanity, or are we simply witnessing a rehash of forgotten 19th century theories which led to the world wars, fascist corporatism and technotronic totalitarianism of the 20th century

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    1. *Read for school*I don't know what it is but I just found this to be so dull and boring. 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

    2. Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, was one of the big guns of Victorian literature. His books were bestsellers and he garnered considerable critical acclaim as well. And yet today he is not merely mostly unread, he has become a byword by bad writing, with a literary competition for bad writing named after him. This is partly because he was unwise enough to start one of his stories with the immortal words, “It was a dark and stormy night.” It is also because he was a [...]

    3. This book was on my must read list, in part, because of its association with Bovril - the suffix of which (-vril) comes from this book where it means a powerful energy source. The plot of the book is that a wealthy young man visits a friend who is a mining engineer and they venture deeper and deeper into the subterranean network of tunnels. At one point they find the entrance into another world and they venture in. This world is inhabited by non-human humanoids who have discovered vril an energy [...]

    4. Written in the 1870s its easy to see how this was such a big influence on science fiction, fantasy, hollow earth theorists, utopiaists, occultists and Eugenicists. Two men go exploring underground in a mining area, one dies in a fall and the other happens upon an underground civilization and it goes from there. This civilization is nearly a utopia, they are in control of a seemingly "magic" substance known to them as Vril which be used for destructive or healing purposes. Also when reading the d [...]

    5. Amazing read. Glad to see that this is back in print. Very much of it's time, but now becoming a novel of our time. Worth thinking about.

    6. Cool scientific concepts, but ultimately a boring book. I think I only got through it this fast because I was listening to the audio book. I definitely didn't hate it, and I became more interested toward the end, but it didn't have enough of a plot to warrant a higher rating.

    7. The Coming Race is one of those fabulous Victorian stories in which our intrepid explorer discovers an alien race similar enough to humans to bear comparison, but different in at least one major way. We then get a series of dialogues between the explorer and an alien representative arguing over which is better. Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s fictional world is semi-Utopian; the alien way is more “civilised”, more “advanced”. I can see Nietzsche’s race of Übermenschen peering round the corne [...]

    8. In commencement of this recapitulation, it must be documented by he who is myself that the creator of this compendium takes no thrift in the utilization of glosses, and is in fact quite bombastic in literary usage.Seriously, the guy must've been paid by the number of times the editor had to search the thesaurus. Also he got bonuses for every chapter; there's 29 chapters in these 250 pages! Some chapters are actually only a page long.But the story, is interesting. Man falls underground, meets the [...]

    9. This is a bit of Victorian nonsense of which one can only be grateful that it is relatively short by the period's standards. It is ostensibly the tale of an apparent utopia deep underground.Like all such efforts, utopia turns out to be a little more dystopian with every passing intelligent thought and the cause of much didactic heavy duty satire on current conditions (those of the 1870s).Bulwer-Lytton is not a great writer but he has a dry and detached aristocratic sense of humour that makes thi [...]

    10. I would recommend this book to those Steampunk aficionados of my acquaintance who wish to emulate the overblown prose of the age of steam. Because DAYUM. This boy never saw a flower but he put some gilding on it.Enjoyable in its way, it was refreshing for its time, with some nuance - the utopia under the earth is not without price, though I question his reasoning that a peaceful mankind would stop making literature for its own sake, I accept it as I accept that the angelic women of the Vril-ya h [...]

    11. 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 after being driven from the surface by floods. The civilisation is somewhat different to the human world above with women equal to men, so much so it is they who do the romantic chasing and who are the physically stronger sex, something which intrigu [...]

    12. This is an example of 19th century utopian fiction. I have read several other books in the same genre, this was for the most part not a great example of the genre. The book is quite progressive in its handling of women. This book holds a common belief for its time of the ability to sends thoughts to other people--the root of this belief in this book comes from the advances in electricity.This book was apparently a great influence in Nazi Germany. The Nazi quest for occult items stems in part fro [...]

    13. Verdict: A soporifically dull albeit uniquely demeaning utopian travelogue from the Victorian mind that brought you ‘It was a dark and stormy night’Though I’ve always had a soft spot for Bulwer-Lytton's infamous opener (on account of the joint influences of L’Engle and Snoopy) I can’t say I went into this with the highest of expectations. I’ve read enough public domain by now to know that Victorian authors can be a mixed bag, the general rule being if you’ve never heard of a certai [...]

    14. I almost feel bad tearing this book apart, seeing as those before me did such a fantastic job, but I'll just add my two cents anyway. That's about all I would spare for this book.In lieu of a plot, here's the general premise of the story: a man gallavants around a mine and finds an underground world. Apparently, this mine had zero safety features in place and the boys working it found some sucker to explore a deep cavern that the professional miners were either too stupid or too afraid to check [...]

    15. Read the free ebook edition from Manybooks. Part of a study of "underground city" novels of the 19th C . This one actually may have inspired some of the Myst/Uru detailsReviews of this classic stated that it was meant to give imperialist nations a taste of what it might be like to encounter a civilization very much advanced militarily - and sure that it was as superior to the western cultures as they felt they were superior to 'primitive peoples.' So much so that - if they took an interest in co [...]

    16. For some reason I no longer remember, I decided to read Edward Bulwer-Lytton's The Coming Race. It's a bit of utopian fiction that came out in 1871. It describes an adventurer stumbling onto an unknown civilization. The protagonist describes the people and society, falls in love with a woman, and attempts to escape when the society endangers him.Later, I learned of Samuel Butler's Erewhon, published the very next year. It describes an adventurer stumbling onto an unknown civilization. The protag [...]

    17. Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο το είχα πάντα στα υπόψιν για αγορά, αλλά δεν ψηνόμουν και τόσο να το πάρω σε κανονική τιμή. Όμως πριν μια μέρα το πέτυχα πάμφθηνα και το τσίμπησα. Λοιπόν, θεωρητικά πρόκειται για μυθιστόρημα, στην πραγματικότητα όμως λειτουργεί περισσότερο σαν μια περ [...]

    18. I read this book because of its connections with Esoteric Hitlerism, Ariosophy and Theosophy (vril, hollow earth and such). I know that some Theosophists believe this book is actually true. I cannot agree. It seems obvious to me, for a multitude of reasons, that it is pure fiction. Bulwer-Lytton was probably intrigued by the idea of hollow earth and some other ideas which would end up being connected to Ariosophy and are related to truths but that hardly justifies believing the story is a true a [...]

    19. Having enjoyed Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii as a kid and having heard a bit of the Vril Society from Morning of the Magicians, I found a paperback copy entitled Vril: The Power of the Coming Race in a Morningside Heights bookstore in Manhattan with some excitement: A classic of utopian science fiction--oh boy!What a disappointment it was! Anyone, anywhere who could be taken in by this nonsensical, metaphysical drivel would be stupid enough to start a two-front war in Europe! Vril mak [...]

    20. "Science fiction has flooded television and Hollywood in recent decades. Our pop culture has been completely saturated by it—and it has often played a key role in our cultural and political commentary. Films and novels such as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight or Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games touch upon issues ranging from the War on Terror to the Occupy Wall Street movement."See the full review, "The First Dystopia," on our website: theamericanconservative

    21. Strange book because there's no real story but more like a description of the world underground. The people are described, their customs and cultures and their attitude towards the man who enters their world. He's made to feel like a child in many respects, patted on the head by the more intelligent culture.

    22. Boring, dry, all-too-descriptive and, for lack of a better word, eek. Similar to Butler's 'Erewhon' and Gilman's 'Herland' but infinitely less tolerable. Stick a fork in me, I am done (with Bulwer-Lytton).

    23. This is an interesting story and an exciting find. Bulwer-Lytton tells a portal fantasy tale of the discovery by a miner of an underground race the Vril-ya who have their own culture and, most importantly, language. Recommend for a good read.

    24. Very tedious. But interesting that Hitler like this book - I wonder how much it influenced his vision of a master race?

    25. One of my favorite TV shows is BBC's "Top Gear;" and the favorite beverage of one of the presenters of that show, James May, is Bovril. As an American I had never heard of Bovril, so naturally I looked it up in . The entry describes how the name of the drink was derived:"The first part of the product's name comes from Latin bovem, meaning "ox". [Inventor John Lawson] Johnston took the -vril suffix from Bulwer-Lytton's then-popular novel, The Coming Race (1870), whose plot revolves around a super [...]

    26. Publicado en 1871 podría considerarse dentro de las primeras obras del género de la ciencia ficción, que hoy en día ya cuenta con subgéneros y una gran taxonomía. Presenta la dualidad de ser una Utopía que podría convertirse en una Distopía, más adelante esto será aclarado.Primero aclaremos tres cosas sustanciales, las dos más sencillas: Primo ¿cuál es la raza venidera? Son los Vril-ya, habitantes del subsuelo, seres humanoides con alas que habitan en las capas más internas de la [...]

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