The book's original cover had been replaced by a plain gray cloth binding. I remember finding it in the school library on the last- part-of-the-alphabet shelf. I remember devouring the adventures of two Earthmen exploring tunnels and caves beneath another world. I was ten, and that was the first novel I didn't want to put down. Nowadays I own a paperback edition with yellowed pages found in a second-hand bookstore. I still imagine a journey through "that enormous void in which all light and life and being is but the thin and vanishing splendour of a falling star," a journey with The First Men in the Moon as told by the man who made the Morlocks.
Copyright 2014 by Brian Dean Powers