Armchair fiction presents extra-large paperback editions of the best in classic science fiction novels. Frank R. Stockton's "The Great Stone of Sardis" is the 26th installment of our "Lost World-Lost Race Classics" series. ONE EXPEDITION—TWO DESTINATIONS! “The Great Stone of Sardis” is a futuristic (written in 1898, set in 1947) science fiction thriller with two essential themes—to make the first successful journey to the North Pole, and to further discover just what kind of hidden secrets lay deep under the Earth’s crust. The brains behind this incredible journey is Roland Crewe, a self-styled inventor with a plethora of amazing gadgets and gizmos to his credit. His super-submarine, the Dipsey, sets out to venture hundreds of miles under the Arctic ice in quest of the North Pole’s exact location. His crew, headed by Sammy Block and rugged Captain James Hubbell, are soon engaged in a variety of exciting adventures and make a number of unique scientific discoveries. But the most fantastic scheme of this early science fiction classic is to use Crewe’s amazing “Artesian Ray” to cut straight through the Earth’s crust and discover what really lies in the bowels of inner Earth.