This is a continuation of the Speculative Fiction Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is Lost World Fiction?
Stories that feature the discovery of cities/cultures/places that have been forgotten or relegated to myth. These places are located in this world, but are difficult to get to and their cultures have developed in isolation.
- The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- Congo by Michael Crichton
In the days of Google Maps and GPS, you don’t see much written in this genre. Do you think there’s still room to mine this idea, or are the only lost worlds left beyond the planet earth?