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The book was written before science fiction was a true genre - hence my fascination with it and my unremitting requests to borrow it (from someone who is unwilling to lend out books becuaes 'they never come back')

I borrowed this book and then lost it. I read the first chapter prior. I must replace it but... searching for it is very difficult because I believe the character was called Eric(k) and Monty Python is swamping my search results.

He lived in a cave, lost his arm(maybe leg) and fell in mud so didn't die and regenerated his limb.

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    How long ago did you read this, and when was it written? Science fiction was comfortably a genre of its own since the 1950s at the latest, probably a lot earlier. – Adamant Oct 2 '16 at 20:05
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    Also, if you’ve requested to borrow this many times before, would it be possible to ask the person from whom you wish to borrow it what the title is? – Adamant Oct 2 '16 at 22:12
  • Hi Adamant. I managed to borrow the book 20 years ago after a year of pestering - it wasn't feasible to read it it where it was being stored - I read a single chapter and someone 'lost' it for me. I have searched for years but, because the title was something like= 'erik the viking' the search results keep swaping me with monty python ;) – broket Oct 5 '16 at 9:26
  • The novel was written around the turn of the 20th century and that was what initially interested me most. I had read Erewhon and then, after research, Godwin, Bacon and Kepler's science fiction from centuries earlier. I try to find and read any 'early' sci-fi. My huge regret is losing this book. – broket Oct 5 '16 at 9:33
  • Wait, the title had "the Viking" in it? – Adamant Oct 5 '16 at 9:34

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