The Children of the Crab
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THE CHILDREN OF THE CRAB
by André Lichtenberger
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Mike Hoffman
The people of the crab maintain the divinity of Rahuo, who is the Great Crab. Once, they were numerous, and there was the Ancestor, but now their mark is almost effaced.
In the midst of World War I, German and French explorers discover a vast, mysterious Pacific island where they encounter a race of "missing links" that time forgot. But they also bring to that peaceful utopia the ravages of the bloodiest war ever fought.
The Children of the Crab (1921) shares some common themes with Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic The Land That Time Forgot (1918). It depicts a lost Polynesian island culture, halfway between nature and civilization, made up of intelligent anthropoids in an intermediate state between humans and apes. This philosophical fantasy is no less timely now than it was in 1921, especially as humanity deals with the ecological holocaust, the continuation and intensification of which the story predicted.
Raramémé, histoire d'ailleurs (The Children of the Crab) (1921)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.