Dinosaur Summer

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Dinosaur Summer is a novel by Greg Bear, published in 1998.

Tony DiTerlizzi illustrated the book.[1]


The novel is set in an alternate history in which the events of Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World actually occurred. The setting is based upon a large plateau ("El Grande" or "Tepui Grande") in Venezuela, where dinosaurs still live.

Due to the capture and exhibition of dinosaurs, movie producers such as Willis O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen never succeed, since the public's interest is instead captured by living dinosaurs. However, due to deaths caused by escaped dinosaurs and difficulty in obtaining new dinosaurs, the dinosaur circuses slowly die out.

The novel is implicitly set shortly after the Second World War.


Peter Belzoni and his father Anthony Belzoni join an expedition to return the dinosaurs belonging to the last dinosaur circus to the plateau. To reach the plateau, the expedition must deal with the vagaries of politics. One dinosaur dies en route, but the remainder are released on the plateau. However, the expedition members are trapped on the plateau and must face, and escape from, dinosaurs both real and fictional.

Major characters[edit]

Expedition members


  • Lothar Gluck, the owner of the last dinosaur circus
  • El Colonel (no real name given), a military man who opposes the expedition to the plateau.

Notable dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures[edit]

Real species

Fictional species

See also[edit]

  • The Lost World: the novel is set in a parallel universe where, rather than being a story, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" is an account of actual events.
  • King Kong: The characters are referred to, the makers appeared, and the film is mentioned.


  1. ^ Varney, Allen (September 1998). "ProFiles: Tony DiTerlizzi". Dragon. Renton, Washington: Wizards of the Coast (#251): 120.