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Bibliography for GURPS Atlantis


Only modern sources and summaries are listed here, as frankly they tend to be more readable and much more reliable than books by the likes of Madame Blavatsky or Ignatius Donnelly. Anyone wishing to trace back the original works should be able to find them easily enough by searching on the authors' names

General and Miscellaneous References

Clute, John, and Grant, John. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (Orbit, 1999). The standard reference on the history of fantasy and the themes found therein.

Clute, John, and Nicholls, Peter. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (Orbit, 1993).

Encyclopedia Britannica, ( Inc., 2001). The first stop for virtually any topic mentioned in this book. The latest DVD-ROM version was used in researching this book; the same information is also available online here.

de Camp, L. Sprague. Lost Continents (Dover Publications, 1970). Sub-titled The Atlantis Theme in History, Science, and Literature, but also covering related topics, this is something of a classic, albeit now slightly dated; first published in 1954, updated for a new edition in 1970.

Grant, John. A Directory of Discarded Ideas (Corgi, 1983).

Hite, Kenneth. Suppressed Transmission and Suppressed Transmission 2 (Steve Jackson Games, 2000). Yes, they are Steve Jackson Games publications, but they would merit recommendation anyway for anyone wanting ideas for weird games or just references on fringe theories.

The New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology (Hamlyn, 1968).

Washington, Peter. Madame Blavatsky's Baboon (Secker & Warburg, 1993).

It goes without saying that the World Wide Web can also be an invaluable research tool when dealing with some topics.

The Atlantis Legend and Its History

Anderson, David D. Ignatius Donnelly (Twayne Publishers, 1980).

Castleden, Rodney. Atlantis Destroyed (Routledge, 1998). A recent work, focusing on the Santorini Hypothesis but suggesting that Plato actually amalgamated several different fragments of traditions from the Bronze Age.

Childress, David Hatcher. Lost Cities of Atlantis, Ancient Europe & the Mediterranean (Adventures Unlimited Press, 1995). See also below.

Ellis, Richard. Imagining Atlantis (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998). To some extent an update of the de Camp book mentioned under "General References," but with a more specific focus and much more on the Santorini Hypothesis; useful.

Grant, John. Sex Secrets of Ancient Atlantis (Granada, 1985). A fine corrective to many of the other works referenced.

Luce, J.V. The End of Atlantis (Thames and Hudson, 1969). The primary statement of the Santorini Hypothesis.

Page, D. L. The Santorini Volcano and the Destruction of Minoan Crete (The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, 1970). An academic argument against the Santorini Hypothesis.

Other Lost Cities and Phantom Islands

Childress, David Hatcher. Lost Cities of Ancient Lemuria & the Pacific (Adventures Unlimited Press, 1989). Actually, all of Childress's books, especially the "Lost Cities" series, are highly recommended for gamers by Those Who Know.

Johnson, Donald S. Phantom Islands of the Atlantic (Walker and Co., 1996). An essential guide to cartographic phantoms.

Pennick, Nigel. Lost Lands and Sunken Cities (Fortean Tomes, 1987). Mostly covers oddities around the coast of Britain.

Severin, Tim. The Brendan Voyage (Random House, 2000).


Broad, William J. The Universe Below: Discovering the Secret of the Deep Sea (Simon & Schuster, 1997). An outstanding narrative of man's quest for the deep, mostly covering the last 150 years, with extensive endnotes; highly recommended.

Condie, Kent and Sloan, Robert E. Origins and Evolution of the Earth: Principles of Historical Geography (Pearson, 1998).

Pirie, R. Gordon. Oceanography: Contemporary Readings in Ocean Sciences, 3rd Ed. (Oxford University Press, 1996). Contains Robert Marx's "History of Diving" and another essay on diving physiology.

Stewart, Robert H. Introduction to Physical Oceanography.

Submarines and Diving

The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving (PADI, 1988).

The U.S. Navy Diving Manual (Best Publishing Company, 1997). The first chapter includes a very useful history of its subject.

Clancy, Tom. Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship (Berkley, 1993).

Friedman, Norman. Submarine Design and Development (Naval Institute Press, 1984). The best professional historical reference. See also Friedman's The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems (Naval Institute Press, 1997), an excellent technical reference but possibly beyond the casual reader, and U.S. Naval Weapons (Naval Institute Press, 1982), which is excellent on historical development.

George, James L. History of Warships: From Ancient Times to the Twenty-First Century (Naval Institute Press, 1998). Highly recommended.

Hall, Joseph (editor). Principles of Naval Weapons Systems. Requires first-year college physics, chemistry, and calculus to fully appreciate.

Humble, Richard. Undersea Warfare (Chartwell Books, 1981).

Miller, David and Jordan, John. Modern Submarine Warfare (Salamander Books, 1987). An excellent introduction for the layman, with extensive illustrations and many excellent photos; it only covers history briefly, but has extensive descriptions of subs active during the 1980s. Highly recommended.

Pavlov, A.S. (ed. Norman Friedman). Warships of the USSR and Russia 1945-1995 (Naval Institute Press, 1997).

Polmar, Norman. Guide to the Soviet Navy (Naval Institute Press, 1991).

Polmar, Norman. The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet (Naval Institute Press). Published every third year, with a narrower focus but better detail and more background than Jane's or Combat Fleets.

Preston, Anthony. U-Boats (Excalibur Books, 1978).

Sharpe, Richard. Jane's Fighting Ships (Jane's Information Group). Published annually, with short descriptions and best-guesstimate technical specs for every naval ship in the world.

Wertheim, Eric. The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Armaments (Naval Institute Press). Similar to Jane's; the English-language translation of the French Flottes de Combat, published every other year.

RPGs and Supplements

The following are suggested, in addition to the GURPS supplements mentioned throughout this book.

Blue Planet (Fantasy Flight Games, 2000). This is the second edition of the SF RPG originally released by Biohazard Games in 1997. The game's setting is a water world, and the planet, its ecology, and the science and technology involved are all depicted with care and in detail.

Allston, Aaron. Mythic Greece: the Age of Heroes (Iron Crown Enterprises, 1988). This treatment of heroic-era Greece for Rolemaster and Fantasy Hero incorporates a cinematic/mythic adaptation of Plato's Atlantis.

Bradley, Patrick E. Atlantis (Iron Crown Enterprises, 1995). A supplement for Champions, and a distinctly four-color game treatment of an underwater Atlantis, albeit following Plato's description fairly closely as a basis.


Merely listing all the novels and stories which have involved Atlantis, let alone those which mentioned Lyonesse, or Ys, or Lemuria, would take more space than this book has available; covering all those which explore themes such as lost lands or undersea life would require a book in itself. Specific instances are mentioned in the body of this book; many others can be found in any bookshop or library.

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