After 12,000 Years
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Stanton A. Coblentz
Cover artist Roy Hunt
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback and Paperback)
Pages 184 pp
OCLC 2625013

After 12,000 Years is a science fiction novel by Stanton A. Coblentz. It was first published in book form in 1950 by Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc. (FPCI) in an edition of 1,000 copies, of which 750 were hardback. Lloyd Arthur Eshbach regarded this as one of the stronger titles published by FPCI.[1] The novel originally appeared in the Spring 1929 issue of the magazine Amazing Stories Quarterly. The novel was abridged for the FPCI publication. E. F. Bleiler considered the unabridged version to be superior.[2]

Plot introduction[]

The novel concerns Henry Merwin, who after taking part in an experiment finds himself 12,000 years in the future. Taken captive by a giant race, he is forced to care for their insect pets. He falls in love with a fellow prisoner, Luellan, but his captors will not allow them to marry. Instead he is forced to go to war with his insect charges. The insects eventually grow to such a size that they take over much of the earth. Merwin returns to rescue Luellen, escaping to her home in Borneo.


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  1. Eshbach, Lloyd Arthur (1983). Over My Shoulder: Reflections on a Science Fiction Era. Philadelphia: Oswald Train. p. 255. OCLC 10489084. 
  2. Bleiler, Everett F.; Richard Bleiler (1998). Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years publisher=Kent State University Press. pp. 69.