at Title: The Coming Race Author: Edward Bulwer Lytton These subterranean philosophers assert that by one operation of vril, which. Vril (The Power of the Coming Race). Edward Bulwer-Lytton (). Edward_Bulwer_Lytton_Hermetik. Chapter 1 to 4 · Chapter 5 to 8 · Chapter 9 to versions of this work, see The Coming Race. Creating Vril: The Power of the Coming Race; The New Utopia () by Edward Bulwer Lytton.

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The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

And once the dominant woman is married, she pretty much gives up her life for his. Although cultural creativity edwarrd lapsed, engineering and invention have not.

To ask other readers questions about The Coming Raceplease sign up. It’s difficult to read, and includes a theme akin to Romeo and Juliet without the romance. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sep 22, Jennifer rated it really liked it.

Vril: The Power of the Coming Race; The New Utopia

Our pop culture has been completely saturated by it—and it has often played a key role in our cultural and political commentary. I did not mean Vril for mesmerism, but for electricity, developed into uses as bulwer-lyfton only dimly guessed, and including whatever there may be genuine in mesmerism, which I hold to be a mere branch current of the one great fluid pervading all nature.

Women Gy-ei have a fascinatingly important role in the society. I had expected an early SF novel about a secret race living underground to be considerably more gripping. The story loses me for a short time in a few spots when he goes into some of the intricies of the society he has discovered in the subterranean world but overall this was a good yarn.

One of the reasons may have been that men didn’t have the stones they should have had in that place.

I think I only got through it this fast because I was listening to the audio book. Whether the land of the Vril-ya is a utopia or a distopia is up to the individual. The narrator descends safely, but the rope comes loose as the engineer descends, and he suffers a fatal head wound from the fall.

But, whoa, he should’ve stayed away from that Aryan racial stuff. Their progenitors ate animals and shortened their lives? You know, completely put the shoe on the other foot re: It deals with subjects that we would now consider science fiction by describing how an alien society developed its unique customs and culture and not the just the technology and gizmos that so much of science fiction gets distracted by today.


In The Coming Racethose ideas are continued in the context of a satirical critique of contemporary philosophical, scientific, and political currents.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton – Vril (The Power of the Coming Race)

Others may like it as an early example of this type of fiction, but I wanted something better. The subterranean civilization makes no sense, having an economny rather like that of Ryder Haggard’s She–not the novel version, the film version.

Those notions are not only popular in neo-Nazi circles but also in movies or computer games, bulwer–lytton as Iron SkyWolfensteinand Call of Duty. Bulwer-Lytton is also the unwitting father of the underground tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, of tales of apocalyptic threat from superior races and of Nazi UFOS in the hollow earth – so he cannot be all bad.

The Coming Race is one of those fabulous Victorian buleer-lytton in which our intrepid explorer discovers an alien race similar enough to humans to bear comparison, but different in at least one major way. Well, it wouldn’t work there either, without the threat of vril annihilation. However, he crushes the concept of equality in the end. Some readers have believed the account of a superior subterranean master race and the energy-form called “Vril”, at least in part; some theosophistsnotably Helena BlavatskyWilliam Scott-Elliotand Rudolf Steineraccepted the book as based on occult truth, in part.

I don’t think I’ll be rushing to read another of his books, it was all a bit of a chore. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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. And in he penned one of the classics of 19th century science fiction, The Coming Race. But, they were advanced. There could be an essay here into that mentality but we would fall into that same didactic trap of the author’s – but what we do pick up is suspicion of vrik and a genuine fear of female power.


It’s a shame really. I ventured to place my hand on the large wings that lay folded on his breast, and in doing so a slight shock as of electricity passed through me. Bulwer-Lytton was probably intrigued by the idea of hollow earth and some other ideas which would end up being connected to Ariosophy and are related to truths but that hardly justifies believing the story is a true a I read this book because of its connections with Esoteric Hitlerism, Ariosophy and Theosophy vril, hollow earth and such.

As noted by the narrator, Gy-ei are in the fullest enjoyment of all the rights of equality with males, for which certain philosophers above ground contend. A classic of utopian science fiction–oh boy!

Eventually both Taee and Zee conspire against such a command, and Zee leads the narrator through the same chasm which he first descended. Skulls in the Stars. This book was on my must read list, in part, because of edwatd association with Bovril – the suffix of which -vril comes from this book where it means a powerful energy source.

The book is quite progressive in its handling of women. Overall I am glad I read it, though there are a few painfully pedantic parts. However, there is no historical evidence that suggests that Bulwer-Lytton can be seen as an occultist, or that he has been the member of any kind of esoteric association.

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.

Vril is used for destruction only on rare occasions, and typically to subdue beasts such as the aforementioned Krek. Not this one though. The society is technologically evolved, but in a magical fantastical sort of way that just isn’t that interesting.