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ERB wrote this from July 8 - August 10, 1915 ~ Retitled The Lost Continent in paperback reprints
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All Around Magazine: February 1916 ~ 61 pages ~ no illustrations
Lloyd A. Eshbach (Fantasy Press fanzine): 1955 ~ 57 pages ~ no illustrations
Beyond Thirty and The Man-Eater: Science-Fiction & Fantasy Publications (Bradford M. Day): 1957 ~ 229 pages ~ Word count estimate: 37,000.
    Gil Kane B/W dust jacket art ~ no interiors
REPRINT EDITIONS (with title change: The Lost Continent)
Ace paperback: October 1963 and later reprint~ 123 pages
    Frank Frazetta cover and title page art
Ace paperback larger format: March 1973 and later reprints  ~ 144 pages
Ace paperback: January 1979 ~ 141 pages
    Sanjulian cover art
Ballantine - Del Rey: September 1992 ~ 131 pages
    Michael Herring cover art
Bison Books (U of Nebraska Press: March 2001 ~ 123 pages
    R. W. Boeche cover art
House of Greystoke: 2017 ~ 135 pages ~ Michael Hatt 2017 Dum-Dum Edition
     Foreword and Notes: Martin Powell and Robert Barrett
    Oscar Gonzales cover art ~ Interior art: Bo Hampton and Gil Kane
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Beyond Thirty (The Lost Continent)
For two hundred years, a civilized America had cut off all contact with the war-ruined Eastern Hemisphere until such places as Europe and Great Britain had become mere legends. Then Jefferson Turck dared take his U.S. aero-sub across the 30th Longitude West on the mission of a new Columbus, and a fascinating voyage of discovery. To civilized Americans of the 22nd Century, the Eastern Hemisphere exists only as fearsome legend. This mythical Europe became a wild collection of lands degenerated into barbarism long ago in a series of terrible wars. But to Lt. Jefferson Turck of the Pan American Navy, the lost continent has always held a strange fascination .... And so, undaunted, he sets out, a new Columbus -- this time sailing East to discover a land rich in peril, where the lion is king of beasts and men, but the queen is a beautiful barbarian worth the challenge of THE LOST CONTINENT.
By Doug Denby
ERB had written this story, for the most part, while staying in Coldwater at his in-laws farm, which was in reality a summer home for them. Remember that both ERB and his wife came from well-to-do families.

Beyond Thirty (The Lost Continent) was written from July 8 to August 10 in 1915 and first published in All Around Magazine in February of 1916. In the first chapters, the good ship "Coldwater", a somewhat old and dilapidated ship, in 2131 fails, leading to its captain and a few crew being stranded on the east side of the 30 degree west longitude line splitting the Atlantic Ocean. This puts them into an unknown land, and adventures ensue.

First, the old American Manifest Destiny rears its head immediately. This is the philosophy that the US has a God-given right to rule over, not only North America but, all of the Americas. While it is not called the US, there has arisen a Pan-America against the rest of the world. This Pan-America has the same constitutional history as the USA and precepts of the USA, including its founding fathers.

The War of 1812 was the first attempt by the US to militarily annex the neighbour to the north. It failed. The Mexican-American War (1848-1848) was more successful gaining for the US lots of land that forms California, Texas and other states. In 1898, as part of the Spanish-American War, Cuba was invaded with Teddy Roosevelt as a major player. The end of the Spanish Empire in 1898 gave the US several dependencies around the globe.  A century and a bit later, 2001, Teddy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in that conflict, showing, to some degree, modern approval for this expansionist act. 

Without going into a full history, many other examples of American intervention in Central and South American Nationís affairs abound. While popular in the US, this expansionist and interference policy is not liked by neighbours. The only way it could have occurred was by military dominance, and this is assumed by ERB in Beyond Thirty, after all, he is writing only 17 years after the Spanish American War.

Second, context is always important. Written in the first person, this story is likely to reveal some of the authorís true feelings at a given moment. Turck, the hero of the story, is introduced into a new society with an interesting structure. Because the maternity of a person is easily recognized, and paternity is a hope, this new society has a King that is not a King because of heredity, but a Queen. Kings dominate by capturing and holding a Queen. Once held, the King rules but only so long as the Queen is his. Should she die, her daughter becomes Queen and whoever possesses her becomes the new King. Kings become blustering muscle-men but truly helpless when the Queen derides him. So, the consort of the Queenís first born daughter has no standing until the Queen dies, when he ascends to the throne.

ERBís wife, Emma Centennial Hubert, was first born daughter of Emma Theresa Drake. ERB is at the mercy of his mother-in-law right from the beginning as he and his wife moved in with his in-laws upon the marriage. Within a few months of the marriage, ERBís family business is struck by the stock-market collapse of May 1901. In the next year, ERB contracts typhoid and nearly dies. For the next few years ERB becomes dependent on this brothers for work.

In 1904, he and his wife are again living with his in-laws, having had to sell off furniture to pay for a train back home. The next few years are more of the same, including a few scams, like selling a cure for alcoholism and training salesmen. Finally in the fall of 1911, he thinks he can make money as a writer, but has to still hold down a job working for his brother. It is not until the fall of 1913 that he thinks he can truly support his family and they move to California. I wonder what his mother-in-law thought. In the spring of 1914, he is again back in Chicago living in his mother-in-law's house. Although he moves his family out in May of that year, but spend at least 10 days of June in the Coldwater summer home of his in-laws. 

He just canít seem to get out from under his mother-in-lawís influence. Even when he writes Beyond Thirty in Coldwater the following year. How does it feel to be the King of your castle but it isnít really yours? Only upon the death of his mother-in-law will he be able to control his wifeís inherited position. He is a middle-aged man with a family and still trying to prove himself, while elder Queen Emma dominates his situation. Later it is his wife, Queen Emma, that he feels is dominating his life.

Third, the heroís name, Turck, is truck, with but a single letter shift. Is the Republic Truck his hero? Does the truck represent his desire for independence and freedom? It is the following year that he and his family set out for Maine using a Republic Truck. The trip is curtailed and instead they return to California, finally freeing himself of his mother-in-lawís domination.

Fourth, Beyond Thirty, the title of this story is also the age which ERB was when he wrote the story. Co-incidence?

ERBzine Refs
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ERB's 1916 Cross-Country Auto Trip


All Around Magazine - February 1916 - Beyond Thirty
All-Around Magazine ~ Feb 1916
Cover art by N. C. Wyeth

Lloyd A. Eshbach (Fantasy Press fanzine): 1955 ~ 57 pages ~ no illustrations

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Bison Press edition: R. W. Boeche cover art ~ March 2001Tandem UK 1977 editionLost Continent (Beyond 30)

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