Written in 1871, 'The Coming Race' is the story of the narrator's
accidental discovery of a subterranean civilisation given power
by their ability to mould the universal etheric substance they call
As in Wells' 'The Time Machine', the alternative civilisation is
used, in part, to comment on the ways of the world the author
knew. But what were the realities of that world, and how much did
he really know... VRIL-YA!