Secret of the Buried City

When Rodney Marlow purchases a new plot of land, he thinks he has struck gold. A perfect idyll, out in the countryside. But all that is about to change…

Beneath the land, he soon discovers, is a mysterious abyss, seemingly never-ending.

As he ventures further into the cavern, Rodney uncovers something that he would never have expected: a secret city under the Earth.

What is waiting for him at the bottom of this cave?

Who built this enormous, strange dwelling?

And are they still here…

Find out in Secret of the Buried City, a gripping science fiction novella from master of the genre, John Russell Fearn. Also included are two further novellas, The World Without Death and The Master of the Golden City.

Praise for John Russell Fearn:

“… A pioneer of science fiction […] he was one of the Greats of the earlier ages, and his name should be there with Hugo Gernsback, John W. Campbell, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Murray Leinster, and all the others whose thoughts and works formulated today’s modern science fiction.” — John Carnell, New Worlds

John Russell Fearn was an extremely prolific and popular British writer, who began in the American pulps, then almost single-handedly drove the post-World War II boom in British publishing with a flood of science fiction, detective stories, westerns, and adventure fiction. He was so popular that one of his pseudonyms became the editor of Vargo Staten’s Science Fiction Magazine in the 1950’s. His work is noted for its vigor and wild imagination. He has always had a substantial cult following and has been popular in translation around the world.


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John Russell Fearn

John Russell Fearn

John Russell Fearn was an extremely prolific and popular British writer, who began in the American pulps, then almost single-handedly drove the post-World War II boom in British publishing with a flood of science fiction, detective stories, westerns, and adventure fiction. He employed numerous pseudonyms, such as Vargo Statten, Volstead Gridban, Hugo Blayn, Thorton Ayre, Polton Cross, Geoffrey Armstrong, Dennis Clive, John Cotton, Ephriam Winiki, Spike Gordon, and many others. He is noted for such grandly extravagant science fiction as "The Intelligence Gigantic" and "The Liners of Time", "Mathematica", and the Golden Amazon series. He was so popular that one of his pseudonyms became the editor of VARGO STATEN'S SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE in the 1950's. His work is noted for its vigor amd wild imagination. He has always had a substantial cult following and has been popular in translation around the world.

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