The Lotus Caves

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The Lotus Caves
First edition
Author John Christopher
Genre science fiction, young adult literature
Publisher Hamish Hamilton
Publication date
Pages 156

The Lotus Caves is a juvenile science fiction novel by John Christopher, first published in 1969.[1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Two teenage boys, Marty and Steve, live in a colony on the Moon, "The Bubble", in the year 2068.[2] Exploring outside the dome of "The Bubble" is strictly controlled. The boys grow bored and decide to explore outside the proscribed area in a stolen lunar vehicle, and crash through the moon's surface into a series of underground caverns containing alien life forms, controlled by a single intelligent alien life form. They also meet a man, a missing early lunar settler, who came to the caves years ago, who has become enthralled by the alien. The boys are torn between staying in the caves, within which the alien provides for their needs, and escaping. They eventually escape, but the man decides to stay, having lost any desire beyond communing with the alien.


The novel's main theme is that of the development of a young person's will and independence, and the conflict between benevolent authority and individual conscience.



A film adaptation of the book was in development in 2007, from Walden Media, to be written by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal and directed by Rpin Suwannath.[3][4]


In 2010, the US television network Syfy ordered a pilot episode based on the story.[5] They finally commissioned a series in 2012.[6] The series will be called High Moon. Principal photography for the pilot will begin on August 26, 2013, in Vancouver. The episode will be directed by Adam Kane and is written by Jim Gray from an adaptation by Bryan Fuller and Gray.[7]


  1. ^ Fantastic Fiction
  2. ^ JC Cavern
  3. ^ Monsters and Critics
  4. ^ [1]
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  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 22, 2013). Syfy Unveils Additional Casting for Upcoming Drama Pilot 'High Moon'. TV by the Numbers via Syfy press release. Retrieved August 23, 2013.

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