The Bridge of Light

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The Bridge of Light
The Bridge of Light book cover.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author A. Hyatt Verrill
Cover artist Edd Cartier
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Fantasy Press
Publication date
1950
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 248 pp
ISBN NA
OCLC 2198230

The Bridge of Light is a science fiction novel by author A. Hyatt Verrill. It was originally published in the Fall 1929 edition of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories Quarterly. It was subsequently republished in book form in 1950 by Fantasy Press in an edition of 2,556 copies. In all, A. Hyatt Verrill published 26 tales in Amazing Stories during the years 1926 to 1935.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel concerns the search for a lost city in South America.

Reception[edit]

P. Schuyler Miller received the novel favorably, saying that Verrill's "picture of the strange magnificence and incongruities of Mayan culture adds a feeling of authenticity to a rather routine plot."[1] Everett F. Bleiler, however, declared it to be "an old-fashioned work," saying it was "not as smoothly written as is usual with the author" and finding "the perils are synthetic" while "the hero's adventures in Mictolan are on the yawn-provoking side."[2] New York Times reviewer Basil Davenport panned the novel severely, saying "This is obviously literature of escape, but any occupation from which one would escape to this must be painful indeed."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Book Reviews", Astounding Science Fiction, May 1951, p.149-50
  2. ^ E. F. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years, Kent State University Press, 1998, p.447
  3. ^ "Realm of the Spacement", The New York Times, December 17, 1950
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 237. 
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1978). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 438. ISBN 0-911682-22-8.