Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places by J. R. CampbellProfessor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places by J. R. Campbell

Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places

byJ. R. Campbell, Charles Prepolec

Paperback | July 20, 2015

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"Science seeks knowledge! Let the knowledge lead us where it will, we still must seek it! To know once and for all what we are, why we are, where we are, is that not in itself the greatest of all human aspirations?"
-- Professor G. E. Challenger, When the World Screamed.
Brilliant, belligerent, and bearded in equal measure, incapable of suffering fools or journalists, gladly the greatest scientifi c mind of his generation — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor George Edward Challenger returns in ten all—new tales of scientifi c adventure and wonder. He is the discoverer of The Lost World, the prophet of The Poison Belt, the destroyer of The Disintegration Machine, and the man who made the World Scream! Who can deliver mankind from the shackles of ignorance? Who else but that great self—proclaimed champion of science? We give you, ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the one, the only, Professor George Edward Challenger!
This original anthology, from the authors and editors who brought you the Gaslight Sherlock Holmes series, sees Challenger and his stalwart companions including the reporter Malone, big game hunter Lord John Roxton, and the skeptical colleague Professor Summerlee, travel across space and witness the ravages of time, narrowly elude a dinosaur's bite only to battle against the invasive red bloom of alien foliage, and then plunge deep into the mysteries hidden within the Earth and reach out to the moon and into the heart of the unknown. Strap yourself in for chills, thrills, and challenges to the unknown in exciting new worlds and lost places with literature's foremost scientifi c adventurer.

J. R. Campbell's fiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Spinetingler Magazine, Wax Romantic, and Challenging Destiny. From time to time his writing can also be heard on radio's Imagination Theater and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Charles Prepolec has contributed articles and reviews to All Hallow...
Title:Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost PlacesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:July 20, 2015Publisher:EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770530525

ISBN - 13:9781770530522

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Professor Challenger in 10 Adventures I received this book via LibraryThing as part of their monthly Early Reviewer program. I should start by saying that I do not enjoy short story anthologies, and rarely read them. But I was interested in this anthology because it contained stories about Professor Challenger, a favourite character of mine, and I had read JR Campbells 'Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes'. This anthology contains 10 stories from a mix of British, American and Canadian authors and overall I enjoyed it. However, one thing which irritated me was all the stories re-used Challengers character traits of abrasiveness, rudeness, etc. In some of the stories this was helpful in story setup but in others it seemed to be the only way the author could describe him, Stephen Volk's Shug Money being an example. My favourite stories were To One Table, The Fool's Sea, and Time's Black Gulf. Josh Reynolds novel 'Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows' is on my wishlist, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to read something of his in Time's Black Gulf. It borrowed creatures from HP Lovecraft's world, which now seems to be a given in this genre of anthologies, but as a fan of Lovecraft I find that bonus. Also, Reynolds did not reiterate those Challenger characther traits which plagued the other stories, but then Challenger was "not himself" for most of the story. To One Table, by JR Campbell, brought us back to the effects of Challenger's discovery of the Lost World with an idea that reflects our modern understanding of the dangers inherent in discovering new species. The Fool's Sea by Simon Kurt Unsworth takes us out onto the high seas, where Challenger and Malone face-off against the perils awakened by man's technology. My least favourite stories were Hind & Horn and King of the Moon. King of the Moon borrows from HG Wells and his The First Men in the Moon, and was my least favourite story as it seemed like it was written in a rush. To make it worse it had two characters, Jimmy Major and Jimmy Minor, who reminded me of the Thing One and Thing Two characters from the Dr Seuss book. I found nothing redeeming in this story at all. Hind & Horn started well for me as it was set in Ireland, my home and it had a refreshingly different story device than the other collected stories. But it felt weak and, to be fair to it, I came back and reread it after finishing the anthology, concerned that it was dislike of short stories that was colouring my opinion. But on the second read it did not get any better. The remaining stories were all enjoyable. Professor Challenger and the Crimson Wonder by Guy Adams & James Goss reminded me of HG Well's War of the Worlds. The story used telegrams between the characters to tell the story, which worked well. Out of the Depths by Andrew J Wilson put me in mind of an Indiana Jones adventure, only because it included Nazi's and a jungle setting, although it also pitched in Jules Verne's 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' as well as a famous villain from a HG Wells novel. The Shug Monkey by Stephen Volk I found the worst for using the abrasiveness, rudeness character trait, but despite this irritation I enjoyed the story. The plot examines what the future holds and finishes with an open ending inviting further stories. The Eye of the Devil by Mark Morris brings us to dangers emanating from a mine that put me in mind of Professor Quatermass in 'Quatermass and the Pit' for some reason. The Crystal Minders by John Takis was a neatly written story that I very much enjoyed for that reason, and is retold by Professor Summerlee to Malone. As mentioned by Charles Perpolec in the anthologies Introduction Professor Challenger is not as well known as many other fictional characters that came from novels of the time, or from the early days of science fiction. But he has so much potential to be exciting and engaging in his adventures, as is shown in this anthology. Hopefully we will see him return again.
Date published: 2015-09-01