The Lotus Caves

The Lotus Caves

John Christopher John Christopher / Feb 20, 2020

The Lotus Caves The Lotus Caves by Samuel Youd under the pseudonym of John Christopher is a science fiction novel first published in The story revolved around two teenage boys who live in a colony on the Moon

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  • The Lotus Caves by Samuel Youd under the pseudonym of John Christopher , is a science fiction novel first published in 1969 The story revolved around two teenage boys who live in a colony on the Moon The year is 2068 and the colony live inside The Bubble, a large dome that composes their entire world The two teenage boys, Marty and Steve, grow bored and they decide toThe Lotus Caves by Samuel Youd under the pseudonym of John Christopher , is a science fiction novel first published in 1969 The story revolved around two teenage boys who live in a colony on the Moon The year is 2068 and the colony live inside The Bubble, a large dome that composes their entire world The two teenage boys, Marty and Steve, grow bored and they decide to explore, but find something completely unexpected The Lotus Caves is widely accepted as one of the best sci fi books that appeals to both children and adults The review website Crossoverguide says, Just because this is an older book it often gets overlooked Don t make any mistakes, The Lotus Caves is a modern classic.

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        Sam Youd was born in Lancashire in April 1922, during an unseasonable snowstorm.As a boy, he was devoted to the newly emergent genre of science fiction In the early thirties, he later wrote, we knew just enough about the solar system for its possibilities to be a magnet to the imagination Over the following decades, his imagination flowed from science fiction into general novels, cricket novels, medical novels, gothic romances, detective thrillers, light comedies In all he published fifty six novels and a myriad of short stories, under his own name as well as eight different pen names.He is perhaps best known as John Christopher, author of the seminal work of speculative fiction, The Death of Grass today available as a Penguin Classic , and a stream of novels in the genre he pioneered, young adult dystopian fiction, beginning with The Tripods Trilogy I read somewhere, Sam once said, that I have been cited as the greatest serial killer in fictional history, having destroyed civilisation in so many different ways through famine, freezing, earthquakes, feral youth combined with religious fanaticism, and progeria In an interview towards the end of his life, conversation turned to a recent spate of novels set on Mars and a possible setting for a John Christopher story strand a group of people in a remote Martian enclave and see what happens.The Mars aspect, he felt, was irrelevant What happens between the people, he said, that s the thing I m interested in.


    1. ‎The lotus caves‬, John ChristopherThe Lotus Caves is a juvenile science fiction novel by John Christopher, first published in 1969. Two teenage boys, Marty and Steve, live in a colony on the Moon, "The Bubble", in the year 2068. Exploring outside the dome of "The Bubble" is strictly controlled. The boys grow bored and decide to borrow a lunar vehicle. They discover someone has forgot to remove their key, which makes it possible for them to explore beyond proscribed boundaries without restri [...]

    2. I love John Christopher's Death of Grass, I love the interesting creative TV brain of Bryan Fuller, Fuller taking a John Christopher novel and turning it in to a TV movie for SyFy seemed like a match made in heaven (apart from it being for SyFY of course), the movie was High Moon and the novel was this cute little Puffin I've had on my shelf for the last few years. The movie turned out to be horrible, the book not so much.First off, It's important to know that Lotus Caves is a 60s YA science fan [...]

    3. The author of the "Tripods Trilogy" was one of my favorite authors as a kid. This book is not as gripping as the others, but manages to tell a decent narrative about a future world on the moon. Adolescents (and Ayn Rand fans) will probably find weight to the central question of personal responsibility: two friends start a runaway caper that turns serious, when they get trapped by a benevolent dictator in the form of a Plant. It could be a veiled story about LSD, but the subtext is too flat to go [...]

    4. چقدر ازش لذت بردم. فوق العاده بود. مسخ شدن به شیوه طبیعی رو خوب شرح داده بود.دوست دارم باز بخونمش!

    5. I imagineThe Lotus Caves by John Christopher would be classified as Young Adult now, but either way it's an interesting little SciFi story. It features Marty and Steve, two teenagers who have grown up on the Moon in the Earth settlement there. Marty's best friend has been recently sent back to Earth for school, so Marty begins to hang out with Steve, an orphan. They get in trouble for a prank they perform in the Bubble, where the colony resides and then decide to take a Crawler out to explore on [...]

    6. read this first when i was a kid, already a dated paperback, revisited several times growing up, then just again- i was first attracted by the cover (still am), i remember it fondly, i think of it as an animated film with a boy and a girl, rather than two boys, and set on mars rather than the moon this is definitely a five influenced by sentiment, yes, but this story remains to summon that childhood dream of other worlds, of space, of aliens, as can best be rendered in a young adult book

    7. Marty is a bright boy who lives in the Bubble colony on the Moon. He becomes friends with Steve, a prankster and iconoclast who convinces him one day to take an unoccupied crawler out on the Moon's surface to explore first station. Once there they find a journal of one of the first explorers. One that details a sighting of a plant. The boys go off in search of it, and fall through the surface, into the cavern of a giant Plant. Can they get back home?This book heavily weighed on me as a child. I [...]

    8. Marty was born on the Moon, in the Bubble. His knowledge of Earth comes from documentaries and history classes at school. Life in the Bubble is defined by limitations: on resources, on space. When Marty's best friend is sent to Earth unexpectedly, he befriends the loner, Steve, and the two begin to cause mischief to alleviate their boredom. Finding a key left in a crawler by mistake, they take the vehicle out onto the surface of the Moon. Their journey becomes more than idle exploration when the [...]

    9. A not-atypical late 60s sci-fi novel aimed at early adolescents. Two mid-21st century residents of a moon colony steal a "crawler", go exploring outside their dome and stumble upon on huge carbon-based lifeform ecosystem under the moon's surface. A series of almost magical caverns prove to be a unified Gaia-like plant with the intelligence and the will to turn its dependents into worshippers.As with much science fiction, the technological advances are noticeably uneven - the moon has been coloni [...]

    10. John Christopher is a superb writer but for me this is his strongest work. The story is beautifully told, from the boredom of the boys early on in the tale to the horror realisation of the truth of the 'caves'. Even now, over 30 years since I last read the book, I can still remember my shock at the 'reveal'.The only thing I've never loved about this book is the title, which has always struck me as a little clumsy. Perhaps it's just that word 'Caves'. For years I've accidentally referred to the b [...]

    11. The Lotus Caves stands one rung below its potential as literary science fiction and one rung below what it might be as an adventure story. It is the sketch of what it might be with more time and effort. Most, though not all, of the ingredients are there for a detailed exploration of the theme paradise regained, or perhaps more accurately, paradise re-rejected. A proper exploration would centre on the Christian notion of free-will contrasted to eastern (primarily Buddhist) philosophies of existen [...]

    12. Good novel for middle-grade readers! This was another one of my dad's suggestions. It was a classic for hum because it was one of the books he remembers reading as a pre-teen. I enjoyed the idea of having people living on the moon and seeing what that experience might be like; the loneliness that would accompany a 25 year service period on the moon and missing all of the things we take for granted that come with living on a planet that produces so much light. Some things that I couldn't get arou [...]

    13. John Christopher accomplishes the nice little feat of scratching my pulp-itch, nicely. The Lotus Caves is, however, not his best work. It manages to dish out some nice points about humanity and other valuable things, but it lacks a lot in the science department, sadly. And the characters are a bit bland.

    14. It started out the way you'd expect a 60's or 70's scifi novel to start, some inaccuracy and cheesy language. But this book really surprised me with its characterisations and fun plotline, I wish it was longer!

    15. I read this book as a child, and I choose to re-read it to see if it matched the memory I have of it. It appears that I merged this book and Sleepers, Wake by Paul Samuel Jacobs in my memory. (See LJ for a description of the blended memory.) As for this book, two boys are living with their families on a Bubble colony on the moon. Travel between the Earth and the moon is prohibitive enough that when you sign on to live in the Bubble, you sign on for 20 year periods. The boys were born in the bubb [...]

    16. I can remember reading this as a kid, after I'd finished the Tripods Trilogy. This was only other John Christopher book in my elementary school library and I'd hoped to find an adventure just gripping as the Tripods. I remember being a bit disappointed. It was good story, but I really wish I'd read it first, because it just didn't hold up next to the Christopher books I had previously read.

    17. Although often vague on the advanced technology descriptions and time period (which may have been indistinct on purpose), The Lotus Caves is a diverting read.Aside from the mentions of evolution, and some faintly rebellious acts on the part of our main characters, I enjoyed it. Marty's fears, hopes, and general thoughts are relatable; therefore making him a realistic, well-presented character. And, even though she's a flat, static character, I found Marty's mom rather relatable as well.I wouldn' [...]

    18. This is another novel aimed at the young teenage reader. Although not as gripping as the Tripod Trilogy I did enjoy it at an early age. Unfortunately its simplicity didn't hold up when re-read in my late 30's. It addresses many issues that young teenagers will face and in that sense, I am sure that is the primary appeal to the young sci-fi reader.Plot ***Spoilers***Two teenage boys, Marty and Steve, live in a colony on the Moon, "The Bubble", in the year 2068.Exploring outside the dome of "The B [...]

    19. تخیل نویسنده تحسین برانگیزه! اینکه چطوری یه حرف رو تو کتابهای مختلف، با قصه های مختلف میگه!(view spoiler)[از متن کتاب:مارتی گفت: «در هر روند، مرحله ای است که بازگشت از آن ممکن نیست. مثل موقعی که مه نورد ما به پایین آن سراشیبی سُر می خورد. وقتی سُر خوردن آغاز شد، هیچ چیز نمی توانست جلو سق [...]

    20. I bought this book used because it had a really cool cover. Not the edition shown above--WAY COOLER.At the time I purchased it, I didn't realize it was for young audiences. I thought it looked like something inspired by psychedelic drugs. It was published in 1969, so that was a fair guess.I really enjoyed reading this. It took me back to my childhood, when I would read more or less disposable sci-fi, fantasy and adventure stories and didn't give any thought to meaning or originality. Not to say [...]

    21. یک داستان علمی تخیلی بسیار زیبا و ساده فهم برای کودکان و نوجوانان. هشدار اسپویلرداستان در آینده ای اتفاق می افتد که انسان ها روی ماه شهری بنا کرده اند که توسط یک گنبد شفاف محافطت می شود. کار اهالی شهر معدن کاوی در سطح ماه است. دو پسر نوجوان به نامهای مارتی و استیو که از زندگی یک [...]

    22. I hadn't read anything else of Christopher's besides the Tripods books, so when I ran across this one at a discount book sale I picked it up. I liked the setup and the concept, and the story had me excited to see how the characters would manage to get themselves out of their situation (and what the price of that escape might be) but then the climax fizzled completely. I kept waiting for a setback or a major complication that just didn't happen, and that made the whole thing fall flat for me. I'd [...]

    23. I read this one as a kid years and years ago. It was one of the first books I read that really got me hooked on Sci-Fi. It's set in the future on a lunar colony. The main characters stumble onto some extensive underground caves on the moon that are the home of a large alien plant 'community'. Some of the plants are intelligent and semi-intelligent. They appear to have reached the moon via the process of 'panspermia', i.e a seed or collections of seeds of some sort traveling through space before [...]

    24. An excellent story. Yes, it is pared down for "juvenile reading," but that doesn't mean "idiotized" or something. This is an intensely woven story that contains a great depth of emotional development in the characters. Also, though told "simply," the exploration and discovery factor is high. The usage of historical/literary referents perfectly complements the story.Recommended to all young readers - before they become jaded, insensitive, and wild. Recommended to a adults who remember better time [...]

    25. I ravenously read through John Christopher's 'Tripods Trilogy' when I was young so I was excited to find this standalone book on a free book trolley at my local market. What a serendipitous find; I loved it! It was the perfect combination of boys' own space adventure, underground exploration, mysterious plant life and philosophy. I was immersed and didn't want to leave. Utterly readable and evocative, and a great launching pad into science-fiction literature.

    26. Good for the genre. It is obviously just a piece of Juvenilia with a space setting, very little different from the contemporary world. Whilst the titular caves are influenced by The Odyssey (with some psychedelia chucked in) the whole story feels very much like something by Alan Garner.A fun if not extraordinary read.

    27. I've enjoyed many of John Christopher's books, but I found this one rather unsatisfying.I heard that the SciFi channel is planning a series on this book, I would have to say loosely, because I don't see how it could keep viewers interested on a weekly basis.I'ii give it a try though, and will try some other Christopher books in the future.

    28. I rated it a 4 star on the strength of its youth appeal and exploration of some simple themes. Loved it as a teen and, if I reread it now as an almost 50 year old, doubt I'd care for it so much. Well written, probably qualifies as a short story. Still would say its a 4 for a youth and maybe a 2+, 1-2 hour read, for an adult.

    29. Hard to go wrong with John Christopher as far as I'm concerned. First read this book in 6th or 7th grade. One of those books probably best to read when you are at an age close to the main characters. Reading it again I still love it.

    30. I liked this book, these two friends driving a slow-moving treaded car get trapped inside a living cave that produces the best-tasting food. They never want to leave. Its boring and good at the same time.

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