The Abyss of Wonders

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The Abyss of Wonders
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Perley Poore Sheehan
Cover artist John T. Brooks
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Polaris Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 191 pp
OCLC 6510284

The Abyss of Wonders is a science fiction novel by author Perley Poore Sheehan. It was first published in book form in 1953 by Polaris Press in an edition of 990 copies. It was the second and final book published by Polaris Press and included an introduction by P. Schuyler Miller. The novel originally appeared in the magazine Argosy in 1915.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel concerns a lost race in the Gobi Desert that is technologically advanced through a combination of theosophy and superscience.


Groff Conklin, reviewing the 1953 edition, called it "a fairy tale for youngsters . . . written in a kindergarten style that is irritating to most modern readers."[1] Miller recommended the novel to collectors, but noted that "casual readers will probably be disappointed."[2]

Everett F. Bleiler dismissed the novel as "a curiosity only," describing it as "curiously imprecise and wavery, with a fairytale atmosphere; weakly planned, with many unsatisfactory elements."[3]


  1. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, December 1953, p.87
  2. ^ "The Reference Library," Astounding Science Fiction, January 1954, pp.148
  3. ^ Everett F. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, Kent State University Press, 1983, p.453