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Beyond Thirty [Reading] ➾ Beyond Thirty By Edgar Rice Burroughs – England a legend Europe a myth Asia a tale with which to frighten children That was the world of the 22nd century where the United States of America was a fortress of civilization barricaded against a England a legend Europe a myth Asia a tale with which to frighten children That was the world of the nd century where the United States of America was a fortress of civilization barricaded against any contact with the world beyond its bordering seas When Jefferson Turck crossed beyond the thirtieth meridian and found himself in the lost continent overseas what he found bore no resemblance to the legends For Grabritin was a jungle comparable with Darkest Africa lions and all and its ueen was a barbaric forest maiden.

About the Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar 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.

10 thoughts on “Beyond Thirty

  1. Philip Philip says:

    A relatively obscure but enjoyable little book very similar in both plot and structure to A Princess of Mars except that instead of finding himself marooned on the Red Planet our hero here finds himself stranded in 2137 Europe two hundred years after an endless Great War and the severance of all contact between the Americas and EuropeAsia Western Europe has been reduced to rubble and barbarism and lions although fortunately for our hero it is somehow still able to produce a very Dejah Thoris like princess Written in 1915 when an isolationist America still expected to stay out of the war Burroughs not only takes on the insanity of World War but also takes a neat stab at slavery and racism as well So if and probably ONLY if you enjoy John Carter you will likely get a kick out of this as well

  2. Sandy Sandy says:

    By 1916 Edgar Rice Burroughs was already a popular and regular contributor to the pulp periodicals of the day Though a late starter his first work the John Carter story Under the Moons of Mars was serialized in All Story Magazine in 1912 when Burroughs was 36 his output increased rapidly to the point that by 1916 he had already seen the first three Carter works the first two Tarzan titles the first Pellucidar entry At the Earth's Core plus such various works as The Eternal Savage The Monster Men and The Cave Girl all printed in that same magazine But despite his reputation at All Story he still managed to get his manuscript for Beyond Thirty rejected there This short novel was written between July and August 1915 and ultimately appeared in the February 1916 issue of All Around Magazine Though not nearly as highly regarded as some of those other works mentioned above this slim book is an interesting and exciting one neverthelessThe hippies of the 1960s had an expression that went Don't trust anyone over 30 Well in Burroughs' novel which takes place in the year 2137 the united Pan American Federation all the countries in North Central and South Americas might as well have a saying that goes Don't trust anyone beyond 30; the 30th longitude that is It would seem that in 1921 the warring continent of Europe had been barred from all communication with any countries west of that line From the 30th longitude bisecting the Atlantic all the way west to the 175th just west of Hawaii the citizens of the Federation have freedom of movement But any communication or travel beyond those lines is strictly forbidden; in other words complete isolation from Europe and its self destructive ways But when 21 year old Lt Jefferson Turck commander of the flying submarine Coldwater finds himself adrift EAST of 30 the result of sabotage a monster storm and the mutinous actions of one of his officers he determines to investigate the forbidden European zone along with three of his men His explorations of the now decimated continent replete with savage beasts and barely civilized inhabitants and his run ins with the still functional armies of Abyssinia and China make up the bulk of this swift moving taleBeyond Thirty is fairly relentless in its pace and Turck's battles with tigers lions ironically before he arrives in lion infested London or rather what's left of it he tells us that he hopes to be feted and lionized and savages should appeal to all red blooded action fans Burroughs throws a bit of romance into his tale when Turck encounters a savage young woman named Victory who claims to be the ueen of England if only Elizabeth II were as spunky and appealing and his book ultimately does manage to please short as it is and a bit skimpy in the area of fully fleshed out characterizations It certainly did strike this reader as an effective antiwar piece so I was surprised to read in Phillip R Burger's scholarly essay for the Bison Books edition that Burroughs rather intended his story to be a call for American military preparedness in the event that our participation in the Great War should come about This Bison Books edition by the way also includes excellent essays by Burroughs scholars David Brin and Richard A Lupoff and is certainly the volume to go with despite the inexcusable number of typos that it contains Burroughs also provides the reader with clues as to his feelings on race relations in the course of the novelambivalently for the most part It is difficult to tell precisely how he feels about those Abyssinian warriors here His attitude toward the Chinese however seems a lot lenient than that found in Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu yellow peril novels of that same era So brief as the novel is 102 pages in this edition it yet provides food for thoughtThough many of Burroughs' books are filled with inconsistencies I only found one worthy of mention here Though the year is said to be 2137 on several occasions during the course of his story at one point Turck tells us that the isolation zone was set up in 1921 two hundred and six years ago Of course that should read two hundred and sixteen but this could merely be still another typo in a book riddled with so many; let's give Edgar Rice the benefit of the doubt here The bottom line is that Beyond Thirty is both a gripping and fascinating tale and one well worth reading almost 100 years after its initial release Needless to say it is a must read for all ERB completists

  3. Thom Swennes Thom Swennes says:

    Undoubtedly the pro isolationist sentiment that gripped the United States at the prior to and after the commencement of World War I has much to do with the inspiring theme of this story Set in the year 2137 this might be the only narrative by this author that would nudge the genre of science fiction In order to assure neutrality in the war that was bleeding Europe to death North and South America prohibit travel eastward effectively cutting off all communication with Europe and the rest of the world In the elapsed time the two isolated continents ban together to form one super state Pan America Through a technical problem a Pan American ship is forced beyond the legal limit and through a mutiny five of the crew is stranded on the high seas Their only chance at survival is to head east and hope for a landfall What they find and which trials they face you will have to read about but I must express one impression Burroughs oddly assumes that technology suddenly becomes dormant Conditions described two hundred years in the future are the same that they were at the turn of the nineteenth century Considering technological has vastly accelerated in the last fifty years this premise of uiescent seems highly unlikely Nevertheless I enjoyed reading the book and consider it one of the author’s best

  4. Daniel Daniel says:

    2012 review reposting because its the only Burroughs I've got a saved review for Highly recommend you read Tarzan or Barsoom instead if you're looking to try some ERB Burroughs is problematic in many ways but still has something to offer for one thing he knew how to write a fight scene and for another some of his stuff is hilariously homoerotic presumably unintentionallyOriginal Review25 3 stars AKA mehWhy this book is mehThis book has two main problems The first is that like Princess of Mars it has a bit of the travelogue about it One wanders through the world Burroughs has created gaping at the various sights But the sights and events simply happen to our hero rather than being driven by either him or opposing forces It lacks a narrative drive It lacks plot And unfortunately the world presented here is not so fascinating as Barsoom and so the sightseeing draw is much weakerThe second problem in The Lost Continent is the narrative style This book suffers greatly from being written in the first person Now I am not a fan of the first person in general Not that I won't read it or dislike everything written in it some of my all time favorite writers commit the first person on a regular basis and do it wonderfully I know some people prefer the first person they find it intimate and the third person distancing I do not entirely understand these people because it's uite the opposite for me With third person I feel like I am watching the events unfold much as one would on TV or film In first person it all too often feels as though someone is describing events to me over the telephone while I sit trapped in an elevator wishing they'd just get on with opening the door First person also automatically reduces the narrative tension as it makes a stronger implication that the heronarrator will survive than does third In The Lost Continent Burroughs takes that implication to it's logical conclusion dispensing with even the pretext of a contemporary telling with all sorts of if I knew then and other blatant acknowledgements that the events of the story are distant memories sprinkled here and there throughout the text He doesn't go uite so far as using the framing device of the old soldier sitting in front of the fire recounting his glory days Was that ever considered a good idea? But everything short of that is here Burroughs has taken suspense out back behind the house and shot it deadMercifully it's uite a short book or I might have abandoned it Not recommended for anyone other than hard core Burroughs fans

  5. Patrick St-Amand Patrick St-Amand says:

    35 starsAn interesting tale of rediscovering an isolated Europe after 200 years but found the ending to be too tidy of an ending I still enjoyed most of it though

  6. Deborah Deborah says:

    This is about as pulpy as pulp fiction gets which is a good thing Written in 1915 before America joined the Great War it’s a post apocalyptic story of the desolation of Europe after America self isolates in WWI and the subseuent discovery of civilization that has reverted to stereotypical hunter gathererKudos to Burroughs for at least trying to portray women with less misogyny Our busty and beautiful heroine is good with a knife and a nice nod is given to matriarchy even though the king still rules and the ueen is still a prize to be taken by might If you consider this was written before women won the vote then it means a bit despite the often patronizing tone The racist attitude is atrocious but again context must be considered kind of like when you read Tom SawyerThis is a fast and entertaining He Man read with the old standard adventure tropes I picked it for my reading challenge as a book published 100 years ago It is in the public domain and available for free download from Gutenberg who does an awesome thing by making classics readily available and deserves even a couple bucks if that’s all you can donate

  7. Joe Joe says:

    This is a older style Fantasy novel following a similar way of writing as the well known Barsoom John Carter books; also by BurroughsA brave courageous and chauvinistic American Navy man goes off course and ends up in ruined Europe; England in particular He finds the 'primitive locals' and has a series of adventures; also happening to meet a beautiful woman of royal ancestry of courseThe character development is minimal and there are plot inconsistencies and mistakes but because it's a lighter read and manages to be fun if a little silly I enjoyed it whilst not minding it flaws

  8. Matthew Aravena Matthew Aravena says:

    Good but dated in the way not so great pulp books of the early twentieth century are Dense heavy and try hard prose It comes off clumsy and untrained unlike Robert E Howard or HP Lovecraft Burroughs wasn't a trained writer and it shows If you can get past the sexismmisogyny xenophobiaand racism then you get a really short antiuated story that is a fun little read Yes we all understand those things were the status uo and the norm back then doesn't make it easy to digest It just baffles me how truly ignorant hateful and contemptuous ideas were not only accepted but expected in early 20th century American writing It really is astonishing we had telephone lines railroads electricity and yet were barbaric and savage in our minds and hearts than any of the inferior peoples we thought so beneath us Truly sad and embarrassing as an American This today would never be published and rightfully so remember this was written barely a hundred years ago not in ancient Greece thousands of years ago where a lapse of collective judgement tantamount to blatant cultural racism could maybe be excused Not sorry because even if you strip it of all the pompous self righteous weak minded rhetoric of WesternCaucasian superiority complex of the imperialist age it's at best a 3 star book

  9. Cindy Matthews Cindy Matthews says:

    This is a surprisingly modern science fiction tale written in 1916 a mere 4 years after Burroughs' Tarzan tales first appeared The airshipsubmarine at the opening is very steampunk and the political scenario is intriguing considering the WWI wasn't uite finished at the time of its publication Some of the racist and sexist overtones are a bit off putting in the main character but it's to be expected in an 100 year old book A must read for all Edgar Rice Burroughs fans

  10. Matthew Matthew says:

    This book was written in 1915 by the author who came up with Tarzan The story takes place 200 years in the future 2116 or so It is a speculation of what would happen if Europe Asia and Africa continue to tear themselves apart with the First World War In reaction to the Eastern Hemisphere War a unified Western Hemisphere Pan America has been formed as a defense against getting pulled into the conflict This aspect to the story is in part a reaction by Burroughs to the rise at the time of the book’s writing of Isolationism within the US As a part of the described defensive posture for generations no one from Pan America has crossed the 30th and 175th lines of longitude The narrator of the story of course does cross the 30th line of longitude This sets up his recounting his finding of a Europe that due to generations of Germans and English grinding themselves into mincemeat through unending warfare though degenerating warfare has regressed to a Paleolithic lifestyle

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