This interesting piece of science fiction literature from the middle of the 19th century is a bizarre fusion of modernism and sword-and-sorcery fantasy. Akin to any comparable Atlantis-and-Agartha style work, it’s written well enough to be entertaining, and is actually a very good fiction read; but its importance, for occultism, is far greater than its fictional impact.
The author himself was assuredly connected to the spiritual- Blavatsky apparently was familiar with this work, and like other utopian novels it went on to directly inform the spiritualism and new agery of the next half century. This is not surprising, Bulwer-Lytton’s various works also influenced the rise of Victorian gothic works. For those into subterranean fiction, it’s a must-read. For those interested in the works that influenced 20th century occultism, even more so.
This is the final manuscript I had planned for March; two days early! Its content contains three essential points of note, combining different fields of theory to draw conclusions from their fusion (the main source of authentic occult knowledge, no less.)
First, that human development is largely able to be categorized into four and, soon, five epochs, using communication and focus as limiting factors.
Second, that extra terrestrials, which of necessity exist in competition along evolutionary lines, probably show similar responses to similar long term stimuli in their surroundings.
Third, that acknowledging these, a variety of conclusions about their likely features and behaviors can be drawn; simultaneously, we can predict the general form of the fifth and sixth human epochs to come. This work then combines linguistic anthropology, genetics, and exopolitics as well as robotic ethics.