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Invest in Victory with Iron Sky Bonds! Retrieved 18 September Retrieved 18 May Retrieved 29 July Retrieved 19 July Bulwer-Lytton also left his mark on science fiction, in his very odd novel The Coming Race The narrator of the story who remains anonymous throughout describes a visit to see a friend who works as a mine engineer. The engineer, exploring a natural chasm that was breached by a new exploratory mine shaft, discovers what seems to be signs of sentient life deep below the earth. Fearful, he returns without going further, but the narrator convinces him to return, and the next day the two of them descend into the depths and use a rope to climb the remaining distance to the ground of what seems to be a street.

Disaster strikes! The narrator descends safely, but the rope comes loose as the engineer descends, and he suffers a fatal head wound from the fall. Immediately afterwards, a monstrous lizard-like denizen of the depths chases the narrator away, who finds he must seek safety in the hands of the natives of the land.

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  7. The narrator who comes to be known as Tish enters the care of the society of Vril-ya, and much of the remainder of the book comsists of his descriptions of the people and their history, society and technology. Curiously, this flood is suggested to predate the biblical flood:. Whether this be a record of our historical and sacred Deluge, or of some earlier one conteded for by geologists, I do not pretend to conjecture; though, according to the chronology of this people as compared with that of Newton, it must have been many thousands of years before the time of Noah.

    The Vril-ya have a utopian society, where crime and violence have been almost completely eliminated. The civilization is split into a collection of more or less independent states, and when a community grows too large a number of its members willingly depart and form a new one. Otherwise, communities have agreed upon their own rules and customs:. There were customs and regulations to compliance with which, for several ages, the people had tacitly habituated themselves; or if in any instance an individual felt such compliance hard, he quitted the community and went elsewhere.

    Gy-ei are in the fullest enjoyment of all the rights of equality with males, for which certain philosophers above ground contend. All arts and vocations allotted to the one sex are open to the other, and the Gy-ei arrogate to themselves a superiority in all those abstruse and mystical branches of reasoning, for which they say the Ana are unfitted by a duller sobriety of understanding, or the routine of their matter-of-fact occupations, just as young ladies in our own world constitute themselves authorities in the subtlest points of theological doctrine, for which few men, actively engaged in worldly training in gymnastic exercises, or to their constitutional organization, the Gy-ei are usually superior to the Ana in physical strength an important element in the consideration and maintenance of female rights.

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    She also serves as a guide to the narrator, which becomes an issue later in the story. The technology of the Vril-ya is based on a remarkable, mysterious from of energy known as Vril:. Therewith Zee began to enter into an explanation of which I understood very little, for there is no word in any language I know which is an exact synonym for vril. I should call it electricity, except that it comprehends in its manifold branches other forces of nature, to which, in our scientific nomenclature, differing names are assigned, such as magnetism, galvanism, etc.

    Bulwer-Lytton apparently gleaned this idea from Michael Faraday , whom he quotes in the book:. Faraday was hugely influential in demonstrating the connection between electricity and magnetism. He was also responsible for demonstrating that electricity generated by different means — static, batteries, bioelectric — are manifestations of the same electric force I assume that this is what the above quotation is referring to, though I was unable to acquire the complete text to confirm this. I should note that, so far, the weak force has been shown to be related to the electromagnetic force, resulting in electroweak theory.

    It is used for healing, as well as for communication: at the beginning of the novel, Zee learns the English language through Vril-powered telepathy. Beyond psychic powers, many of the other staples of science fiction are present, thanks to the power of Vril:. Ray-guns: Vril can be channeled through the use of a Vril Staff, a tool that can be used for healing or destruction:.

    It is hollow, and has in the handle several stops, keys or springs by which its force can be altered, modified, or directed — so that by one process it destroys, by another it heals — by one it can rend the rock, by another disperse the vapour — by one it effects bodies, by another it can exercise a certain influence over minds. It is usually carried in the convenient size of a walking-staff, but it has slides by which it can be lengthened or shortened at will.

    When used for special purposes, the upper part rests in the hollow of the palm with the fore and middle fingers protruded. Vril is used for destruction only on rare occasions, and typically to subdue beasts such as the aforementioned Krek. Not all in the subterranean caverns beneath the earth wielded vril, but those who did were called the Vril-ya, who carried staves through which they could control its power:.

    If something like vril actually existed, you can see why certain individuals or groups would like to find it. When he emigrated to the United States in , German rocket engineer Willy Ley spoke of the Wahrheitsgesellschaft, or the Society for Truth, which he claimed was formed to seek the power of vril. There were also Nazi expeditions to Tibet, which many believe were actually searches for the entrance into Shambhala or Ultima Thule or Hyperborea, a mythical land to the north, home to a race of superhumans.

    In short, the history of the Nazis is drawn on a dark canvas of conspiracy and the occult, and The Coming Race almost reads like a prelude.

    Was any of this true, though? With our race, therefore, even before the discovery of vril, only the highest organizations were preserved; and there is among our ancient books a legend, once popularly believed, that we were driven from a region that seems to denote the world you come from, in order to perfect our condition and attain to the purest elimination of our species by the severity of the struggle our forefathers underwent; and that, when our education shall become finally completed, we are destined to return to the upper world, and supplant all the inferior races now existing therein.

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