Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay বিভূতিভূষণ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের “Mountain of the Moon” চাঁদের পাহাড় Chander Pahar, 1937 was an African adventure SciFi novel; and, the topic of an earlier blog post,
Michael Crichton (1942 – 2008), “Terminal Man”, 1972 also was the topic of an earlier blog post.
Here I present: Michael Crichton, “Congo”, 1980 which was an African adventure SciFi novel. Congo River is the central river of the African continent.
The book consists of thirteen (13), untitled chapters and the first sentence of each chapter is shown below.
Chapter #. First Sentence.
- “Ten thousand miles away, in the cold, windowless main data room of Earth Resources Technology Services, Inc., of Houston, Karen Ross sat hunched over a mug of coffee in front of a computer terminal, reviewing the latest Landsat images from Africa.”
- “It is unfair to suggest, as some primatologists later did, that Peter Elliot had to “get out of town” in June, 1979.”
- “Peter Elliot had known Amy since infancy: he prided himself on his ability to predict her responses, although he had only known her in a laboratory setting.”
- “It was farther across Africa from Tangier to Nairobi than it was across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to London – 3,600 miles, an eight-hour flight.”
- “Five hours out of Rawmagena, the landscape changed.”
- “The next morning they entered the humid perpetual gloom of the Congo rainforest.”
- “Munro’s intention in continuing through the night was two-fold.”
- “Within two hours of receiving this unexpected news, the expedition had its first contact with gorillas.”
- “Their entrance into the Lost City of Zinj on the morning of 21 June 1979 was accomplished with none of the mystery and romance of nineteenth-century accounts of similar journeys.”
- “The morning of 22 June 1979 was foggy and gray.”
- “The gorilla corpses lay stretched on the ground, the bodies already stiffening in the morning warmth: Elliot spent two hours examining the animals, both adult males in the prime of life.”
- “Shortly after dawn, they discovered the bodies of Mulewe and Akari near their tent.”
- “In the morning a fine layer of black ash covered the campsite, and in the distance Mukenko was belching great quantities of black smoke.”
#. END “The projected intersection point now marked a field of black quartermain lava with an average depth of eight hundred meter – nearly half a mile – over Lost City of Zinj.”
Here I presented: Michael Crichton, “Congo”, 1980 which was an African adventure SciFi novel.
Three daring adventures trek into the jungle in search of the diamonds of the Lost City of Zinj. The obstacles they face demand from them more than grace under pressure.
Karen Ross (protagonist) of a Houston based corporation ERTS determined to secure the diamonds.
Charles Munro, white African mercenary.
Amy, female gorilla that can communicate 620 words of human speech.
Peter Elliot, trainer of the gorilla Amy.