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Ford Madox Ford was an English writer and critic, best known for his novel The Good Soldier, considered to be one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century; the Parade s End tetralogy, which was influenced by Ford s military service during the First World War; and The Fifth Queen trilogy, which chronicles the life of Henry VIII s ill-fated wife, Katherine Howard. As a critic, Ford championed new literature and literary experimentation, and his journals, The English Review and The Transatlantic Review, launched the careers of critically acclaimed authors like Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, D. H. Lawrence, and Ernest Hemingway. Ford died in 1939 at the age of 65.

Polish author Joseph Conrad is considered to be one of the greatest English-language novelists, a remarkable achievement considering English was not his first language. Conrad s literary works often featured a nautical setting, reflecting the influences of his early career in the Merchant Navy, and his depictions of the struggles of the human spirit in a cold, indifferent world are best exemplified in such seminal works as Heart of Darkness, Lord JimM, The Secret Agent, Nostromo, and Typhoon. Regarded as a forerunner of modernist literature, Conrad s writing style and characters have influenced such distinguished writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William S. Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, and George Orwell, among many others. Many of Conrad s novels have been adapted for film, most notably Heart of Darkness, which served as the inspiration and foundation for Francis Ford Coppola s 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406848174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406848175
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,879,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This little known 1901 novel by Joseph Conrad and Ford Mattox Ford (ne Hueber) is a precursor to such works as William Golding's much later novel of the same name; the hugely (and in my opinion, undeservedly) popular "Matrix" movie series; and also to another (originally) dark-horse story, "THEY Live". The ahead-of-its-time idea of these tales is of a type of being - whether a new species of hominid, digitally generated superhumans, or, as here, an extra-dimensional creature - which outwardly resembles man and woman, but which, mainly by virtue of having high intelligence unburdened by emotion, slowly takes over the Earth from its more sentimental predecessors.

The idea of this, so to speak "anti-Vulcan" type being able to infiltrate, dominate, and at last annihilate, all proximate competition resonates deeply with us because, really, it is more than an idea: it is history. Or, more precisely, prehistory: The reason we homosapiens believe ourselves to be alone "in God's image" amongst "the beasts that perish", or, in the words of the brilliant ethologist Desmond Morris "a kind of fallen angel rather than a naked ape", is more than probably because, at some point in prehistory, homosapiens *simply and ruthlessly, wiped out every other hominid - and perhaps even every anthropoid - that could reasonably(!) compete with us for the inheritance of the Earth*.
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I finished reading the Inheritors this afternoon. Overall an enjoyable read, but one must remember, it is a science fiction/political intrigue story from 1901. Sadly, this was not the book that inspired Genesis in the song A Trick Of The Tail, though admittedly, it was an honest mistake. By the time I realized the error, I was interested enough in the book to finish it.
It is a novel that must be read carefully as it is full of political intrigue with just enough science fiction to make it more intriguing. Several key ideas spring to my mind having read it:
1. Beware politicians.
2. Beware beautiful women from another dimension.
3. Don't let strangers impersonate a family member.
4. Be true to one's values, family and friends
If you can do this, perhaps you would have faired better than the protagonist of this book and would have had a much happier ending. Sometimes, tradition is a good thing to hold on to.

BTW: It may offend some readers as there are some racially tinged dialogue in the novel, not an atrocious amount, but be aware.
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I've always had trouble enjoying books that try to find the perfect intersection of science fiction & philosophy. I had to read the entry for this novel in Wikipedia to make certain I understood the point the authors were trying to make.
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While it's useful to have this reprint with an introduction and appendices giving contemporary reviews, there are problems. The most glaring is that the final page of the novel is omitted. The reprint is based on the 1901 Heinemann edition, which ends halfway down page 324. But this edition ends at the bottom of Heinemann page 323, leaving out the final 15 lines. The dedication in the original is "To Borys & Christina", but in the reprint the name of Conrad's son has (incorrectly) been changed to "Boris". I have not checked the whole text, but some typos in the Heinemann are not corrected. It's nicely printed with a clear type. All the above concerns the reprint. So far as the original is concerned, as most critics have agreed it's a very odd novel, with the novel-of-politics and the science-fiction-novel coexisting rather uneasily.
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I love Joseph Conrad's depictions of human behavior and interactions. This is not one of his adventurous tales.
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