The middle of the Pacific Ocean, 1898. The S.S. Maori is the newest ship on the route, the best afloat, and "unsinkable." At least, it is until a typhoon brews up and the ship begins to take on water. Only two people are left on board as the waves threaten to take her - the society girl Margery, and the lowly Englishman from second-class, George. Left alone they have to face their fears when they wash up on an uncharted island, and overcome their differences in order to survive. THE LOST LINER is a forgotten gem from the pen of Northern Irish science fiction writer ROBERT CROMIE, author of THE CRACK OF DOOM and A PLUNGE INTO SPACE. While his other works pre-empt H.G. Wells, and earned the praise of Jules Verne, THE LOST LINER carries some eerie prescience of the TITANIC disaster of 1911. The Titanic was built just a few miles from Cromie's home in Belfast, and in the centenary year of the Titanic disaster AVALARD are proud to bring Cromie's work to a brand new audience, over 110 years since the book was last in print. This new edition includes a brand new introduction from Cromie scholar Diarmuid Kennedy.