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Collects four novellas, including ''The Cup,'' perhaps the best of Heard's fantasies. In ''The Lost Cavern'' a speleologist exploring a vast cavern in Mexico encounters a lost race, half bat, half man, but intellectually and physically superior to both. ''The Thaw Plan'' is a tale of the future set on a ruined Earth.
''most of Heard's sf and fantasy focuses on issues of evolution, both physical and spiritual, and is probably best read as exemplifying the Scientific Romance. The title story of The Great Fog and Other Weird Tales (coll 1944; vt The Great Fog: Weird Tales of Terror and Detection 1946; with two stories added and one dropped, rev under first title 1947) is a disaster tale, the mould-derived Great Fog destroying all civilization. In the Lost Race title story of The Lost Cavern (And Other Tales Of The Fantastic 1948) a man is held captive by ancient Aztecs who have evolved into intelligent bat-like Monsters. Doppelgangers: An Episode of the Fourth, the Psychological, Revolution, 1997 (1947), which is sf, sets up a near future conflict among three factions, each of whose philosophies of evolution is in didactic opposition to the others', and each of which argues for a different definition of Utopia'' (John Clute & David Langford/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).
Title: The Lost Cavern And Other Tales Of The Fantastic.
Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher: Vanguard Press: NY.: 1948.
Grading: Fine copy in a near fine dustjacket with finger-nail-sized tears along top edge of front panel.
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 08261