Attack from Atlantis
|Attack From Atlantis|
1st Edition Dust Jacket
|Author||Lester Del Rey|
|Cover artist||Kenneth Fagg|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Publisher||The John C. Winston Company|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||207 pp (first edition)|
Attack From Atlantis (1953) is a Science fiction novel written by Lester del Rey. The story follows the new U.S.S. Triton submarine on her maiden voyage, but trouble happens when the crew comes face to face with the inhabitants of the underwater city Atlantis. Attack from Atlantis is a part of the Winston Science Fiction set, a series of juvenile novels.
The story is set partly on the atomic powered submarine Triton. In the foreword the author, although not a proper scientist, author del Rey mentions the first real-life atomic sub: "The Nautilus is already being built. And just as this is being written, word has come that the first tests of an atomic power plant for the ship have been successful" (ix). del Rey spends quite some time in his novel trying to explain the difference between the engine on the real nuclear submarine of the Nautilus and that of his own, fictional U.S.S. Triton.
Writing in “The New York Times”, Villiers Gerson received the novel favorably, saying “The virtue of Mr. Del Rey's book is in his handling of his characters.” Reviewer Groff Conklin praised the novel for its “swift pacing, vivid imagination, real characters and absence of juvenile melodrama.” P. Schuyler Miller found it unimpressive, however, “notches below” del Rey's earlier “Marooned on Mars”.
- “Teen-Agers: Science Fiction”, “The New York Times Book Review”, November 15, 1953, p.16
- “Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf”, “Galaxy Science Fiction”, June 1954, p.122
- “The Reference Library”, “Astounding Science Fiction”, November 1954, p.145
- Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 135. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.
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