The Coming Race is a fantastic novel Bulwer-Lytton, published in 1872, shortly before the death of the author under the pseudonym Laurence Oliphant.
An American, travelling for pleasure, meets with a friend a mining engineer, who invites him to inspect the mine in its management. Examining mine, they hit a deep crevasse, the descent into which each narrator is killed, torn from the rocks, and the main character falls into an underground land populated by angelic beings. Acquainted with these people, he begins to study their history, origin, language, customs, religion, science, art, Economics, political and social structure of society. They have a tremendous telepathic and other psychic abilities, which gives them extraordinary power called vril. With this power, underground people can both heal and destroy entire cities. These people give up everything earthly, wise, cold, calm. They believe in the sanctity of life, which, in their opinion, is not destroyed, but only changes form. For our hero it is impossible to turn away from what keeps human life in the sublunary world. Disappointment in life that society pushes him to escape...
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Edward Bulwer Lytton. The Coming Race