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City of Endless Night

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Author: Milo M. Hastings (Dan Spain)
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 85,412 / 248 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,449
Added to site: 2005.10.15 11180
Genres: Science Fiction, War

An anti-German dystopic vision of the future.

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ided to make the first attack on the Germans as a private enterprise and then call for military aid. I had my own equipment of poisonous bombs and my sapping and mining experts determined that the German workings were but eighty metres beneath us. Hastily, among the crumbling skeletons, we set up our electrical boring machinery and began sinking a one-metre shaft towards the nearest sound.

After twenty hours of boring, the drill head suddenly came off and rattled down into a cavern. We saw a light and heard guttural shouting below and the cracking of a gun as a few bullets spattered against the roof of our chamber. We heaved down our gas bombs and covered over our shaft. Within a few hours the light below went out and our microphones failed to detect any sound from the rocks beneath us. It was then perhaps that I should have called for military aid, but the uncanny silence of the lower workings proved too much for my eager curiosity. We waited two days and still there was no evidence of life below. I k

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Henry L. Ratliff

(1920) Sci-fi
Plot bullets

  • No, WWI didn't end the way you thought.

  • The world is in two camps. Germany, the underground Germany, vs. the rest of the world. And Berlin, under it's protective dome, is it's City of Endless Night.

  • An American finds and then becomes imprisoned in subterranean Germany.

  • Not imprisoned as you may think. He assumes the identity of a German, killed in an attack.

  • He must escape and bring victory to his side.

  • Ah, but he has fallen in love.

The German society is painted as a very socialistic one, but with
the royal family in charge. I found it too intense in a Utopian world gone
bad way. It is much like some of the space flight travels to other worlds stories.
And like that type of story, it spends too much narrative on the political and social
aspects, than that of the adventure plot.



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