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Old February 9 2013, 06:26 AM   #1
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Fantasy/Sci Fi/Prehistoric Writing about Antarctica

I was wondering if there is any Fantasy/Sci Fi/Prehistoric stories about the continent of Antarctica?. The Antarctican continent is still a mystery to us and the least explored land on our planet. Has any author ever wrote an alternative history story of Antarctica where it never froze and thus became inhabited by humans or it being a home to a separately evolved sentient species. I feel that modern writers seemed to have ignored the vast potential story telling of that Continent from a Fantasy/Sci Fi/Prehistoric angle.

For me, i have seen only two references to Antarctica so far on TV. We had SG1 and SGA mention Antarctica being inhabited by the ancients in the past and Magento and Professor X finding a lost land in the middle of the continent in the early 1990s X men tv cartoon series.
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Old February 9 2013, 06:37 AM   #2
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At the Mountains of Madness - Lovecraft.
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Old February 9 2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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At the Mountains of Madness - Lovecraft.
There was a strong interest in the mysterious southern continent by 19th and early 20th century writers because the Antarctican mainland was only "discovered" by Western explorers in the early 19th century. So the writers of that time had the enormous imagination to write about the just discovered continent. However the interest in the continent waned over time.

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Old February 9 2013, 06:50 AM   #4
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Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson.
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Old February 9 2013, 07:26 AM   #5
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Old February 9 2013, 07:53 AM   #6
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Re: Fantasy/Sci Fi/Prehistoric Writing about Antarctica

James Blish, Midsummer Century, technically qualifies. But it is set in the far future when Antarctica is nothing like today's. But it's worth reading anyhow.

Doesn't Heinlein's Future History have a chart note (for projected but unwritten story) about an Antarctic revolt?
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Old February 9 2013, 07:57 AM   #7
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Ice Station by Matthew Reilly.
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Old February 10 2013, 07:43 PM   #8
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"Who Goes There" by John W. Campbell, and its 1982 movie adaptation, THE THING.

(I believe the 50's movie version switched the location from the Antarctic to the North Pole.)
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Old February 10 2013, 11:48 PM   #9
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Re: Fantasy/Sci Fi/Prehistoric Writing about Antarctica

^^You are correct sir!

...and there's always the secret Nazi base in the Antarctic, where they launched the also-secret Nazi moonbase project from. Most recently famous in Iron Sky, of course, but the idea goes back a ways.
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Old February 11 2013, 12:11 AM   #10
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Re: Fantasy/Sci Fi/Prehistoric Writing about Antarctica

Jonathan Hickman's recent run on Fantastic 4 featured a long-lost Atlantean colony beneath Antarctica.
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Old February 12 2013, 02:49 PM   #12
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Well, if we're going there, might as well mention the Stargate franchise has an Ancient defense outpost located in Antarctica, and the continent was the original location of Atlantis when it was on Earth.
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Old February 12 2013, 02:56 PM   #13
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EmoBorg wrote: View Post
There was a strong interest in the mysterious southern continent by 19th and early 20th century writers because the Antarctican mainland was only "discovered" by Western explorers in the early 19th century. So the writers of that time had the enormous imagination to write about the just discovered continent. However the interest in the continent waned over time.
It just left most people cold.


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Old February 13 2013, 12:56 AM   #14
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There was a strong interest in the mysterious southern continent by 19th and early 20th century writers because the Antarctican mainland was only "discovered" by Western explorers in the early 19th century. So the writers of that time had the enormous imagination to write about the just discovered continent. However the interest in the continent waned over time.
It just left most people cold.


That was a lame joke. Snow wonder people groaned!
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