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Dr. Caligari said in August 6th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

A great story for its era (pre-Golden Age), and one that’s still fun to read. The author does a wonderful job of world building: most other authors in that era would have started with the Shelk’s invasion of the earth; Tumithak starts 2,000 years later, and gradually fills the reader in on who rules the earth and why humans hide underground.

Rusty said in August 6th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

@Dr. Caligari:

Yeah, that is a good point about how the author starts 2,000 years later. That is more common in modern lit, but really was something new in 1932!

This was a great story – I really enjoyed it!