Hidden World Author:Stanton A. Coblentz UNDERGROUND ARMIES — A cliff overlooking tremendous galleries and caverns and, far below, two armies battling with powerful destructive weapons... this was the place into which Comstock and Clay had been thrust by what they thought was an earthquake. Here, below the desert-below the silver mine which the two had been exploring-were two hidden civ... more »ilizations, deadly enemies, and the possessors of far-advanced scientific secrets.
Separated from his companion, Frank Comstock found himself captured by chalk-faced people and brought into a civilization that was both bewildering and awe-inspiring. For while the people of this Alice-in-Wonderland land of Wu appeared to be scientific geniuses, they looked and acted like madmen!« less
This pulp novel, originally published in 1935, was a first science fiction book for alot of people and, though I doubt it stands the test of time as a great literary classic, it is remembered fondly. The plot in a nutshell: A human male goes underground (on the Moon?) where he encounters a matriarchal society of pale people who've never seen the light of day. It was cheesy and funny and opionated. Recommended if you enjoy reading early pulp science fiction.