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When Worlds Collide is a science fiction novel co-written by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer; they both also co-authored the sequel After Worlds Collide. When Worlds Collide book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A runaway planet hurtles toward the earth. As it draws near, m. After Worlds Collide book. Read 64 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Earth is destroyed in a collision with the rogue planet Bronso.
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But the book is not solely concerned with mere spectacle, and its characters take time out to reflect on such matters as the new moral code that might have to be established on Bronson B can the convention of marriage still be valid when a woman must procreate as often as possible, and with as many men as possible, in the name of humanity's survival?
The authors' writing style is often elegant, with references to such varied sources as the Bible, Omar Khayyam and English physicist James Hopwood Jeans. As I mentioned, the book has more on its mind than just a panoramic catalogue of awesome destruction.
Writing of the book in his "Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction," Scottish critic David Pringle mentions that it is a "now dated story which was popular in its time and has been influential," and to be fair, the novel does indeed strike the modern reader as dated in some instances.
When Worlds Collide
For one thing, it is set in the early '30s, and as we now know The book also makes reference to such "modern-day, in-the-news" items as Stalin and Mussolini, Broadway actors in their "furred collars," the Farm Relief Bill and Prohibition.
Drake's valet, Kyto, is repeatedly referred to as a "Jap servant," and Uranus is mentioned as having a diameter of 40, miles we now know that it is more like 31, miles. As a lover of Golden Age sci-fi, I have never been bothered overmuch by these instances of datedness, however; they come with the territory. What concerns me more are some instances of fuzzy writing that crop up occasionally.
The sun went out, the stars were made visible Shouldn't the stars be made INvisible? Also, when Prof. Bronson is described as having "tactile hands," what does THAT mean? That he has a sense of touch? I won't spoil the surprise. After that, it's one thing after another until the end of the story.
I had one complaint and that's the pontific speeches given by two of the "leaders" of the group. Long-winded and full of male bovine solid excreme I have the edition with the Zagorski cover kinda hokey. Long-winded and full of male bovine solid excrement.
But then, this was written in , so that may have been the norm for that time. I haven't read the first book since several decades ago the 50's or 60's? I picked it up again last month and there are things in there I don't remember at all. After 50 or so years, that's understandable. And one thing I "remembered" isn't there. In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it again except for the speeches.
Dec 29, Rafeeq O. On the one hand, the grand, foreboding doom of the first novel is lost, for On the other hand, now that the hundred-odd survivors aboard the Space Ark under the command of the impossibly skilled and iron-willed physicist Cole Hendron and handsome young Harvard grad, businessman, and general man-about-town Tony Drake, have reached Bronson Beta, the habitable terrestrial companion of Bronson Alpha, it is time for more traditional pulp-fiction adventures.
There are plenty of technical problems to take care of, along with sense-of-wonder matters of planetary exploration. The air is fine, of course--sure would have been a short book if it hadn't been--and the renewed growth of once-frozen native plants gives the botanist samples to catalog, and to analyze for edibility and nutritional value as well.
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The colonists find an ancient road of the long-dead former inhabitants, smooth untarnished metal and with curves banked for very high-speed travel, with a signpost of elegant but unreadable characters, plus a single wrecked vehicle from which the savants of course can learn much.
After using some of the smaller atomic tubes of the Space Ark as propulsion for a newly constructed rocket-plane, the explorers find huge domed cities left by the long-extinct Other People The cities are mysterious and automated, strange and beautiful to the human eye, yet with rooms that can be identified as restaurants and department stores and-- Well, such are the s.
At least some of the unquestionables of the previous book now are questioned, however.
Tony finds himself bemused now, for example, at the surety with which Hendron in putting together his select group of survivors decided Who Would Die And Who Would Live. And Tony's former servant, the Japanese Kyto, who on Earth had been appropriately inscrutable and possessed of mildly comic fractured English, turns out to be a learned professor who spoke unaccented English from boyhood--the latter due to missionaries, of course.
One thing we never really explore, though, is the question of leadership. Why, until Hendron's death, is every decision left to him? Yes, he came up with the idea to emigrate, and he spearheaded the effort to build the Space Ark--oh, and to harness atomic energy, by the way--and of course he also is surrounded by experts in other areas of science.
Yet there is no hint that he has a special council to help him, and every decision is his, as if he were not only Eve's father but everyone's. And, as befits Wylie and Balmer's very broad-brush and dated narrative style, the rest simply cheer. Most likely this is not uncommon for the period of writing, however. In addition, underlying the whole endeavor--mentioned repeatedly, but unable to be discussed and explored in the s in the way that, say, Robert A.
Heinlein can from the s through the '80s--is the question of sex. Since very early on in the first book we have seen that although Tony is in love with Hendron's daughter, Eve, marriage at first is forbidden, because continuing the human species on the new planet will require some non-monogamous breeding of, ahem, the most forthright and yet noble and scientifically ordained variety.
Now, this is quite a thing, and we are told that since numbers of male and female through accident ended up being unequal, there could be polyandry or polygamy. Yet Wylie and Balmer will not settle on exactly the great minds must decide; the closest we get is when Tony and Eve at last marry near the end of the book, and there is the notion that he still might have to be loaned to Shirley Cotton, a particularly languorous and voluptuous crew member, for breeding purposes.
Tough break, old chap, but survival of the human species requires great sacrifice, eh?
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We never hear, however, of whether any other couples even hold hands and pine for marriage--such things appear to be controlled by the Will Of Hendron rather by any individual impulses. Finally, in addition to the occasional accident and disease and the climate made alternately frigid or scorching by the planet's now-eccentric orbit, there also exists the deadly danger of another band of survivor-types that escaped Earth: Maybe, though, this actually is little less improbable than the alliance of white-supremacist Germany with Japan just half a dozen years later on our own real-world timeline, hmm?
In any event, these oppressors are particularly keen on capturing the women of the Space Ark for breeding or closely allied purposes, and they begin with the technological upper hand of months' work at deciphering the science of the Other People, so things look dire, but-- Well, suffice it to say that right will prevail.
After Worlds Collide may not be a book that a reader not already interested in the history of science fiction would pick up, let alone continue reading after a few pages, but anyone who has made it through the more famous When Worlds Collide indeed will find the sequel of interest. Jul 29, Joseph Carrabis rated it it was amazing.
This is a must after you've read "When Worlds Collide". Ideally, read this about a year after you finished "When Worlds Collide" so that you'll have time for that novel to settle in your mind and create a place for itself.
Jul 01, Tom Rowe rated it it was ok. What an incredibly racist book. Also very repetitious. The ending seemed to be more summary. Read When Worlds Collide, but you can skip this sequel. It mostly consists of endless repetition of the same questions. Jan 02, Shelley Alongi rated it liked it. My perspective on it this time is that it is a great period piece because of the enemies and the conflicts and there way that they repopulate a new planet.
Considering also the stripes we have made in space exploration, it is interesting to note the difficulties encountered in space travel but also it is interesting to note that on this particular planet Bronson Beta, That there seems to have been preparation for a new breed of creatures shall we say inhabiting the planet after the original people went away.
Considering the political climate on earth at that time with the rise of racial superiority as a concept this was interesting because of the people who snuck a board and there are some were not selected and yet they contributed the most.
They were not selected because of their supposed to lower intelligence quotient and yet they save the planet from extinction in its infancy. It does help to have some familiar ideas about political history of the time. I did read both books a second time and another last comment is that they seem to have adopted a very liberal policy toward marriage because the original characters married in the traditional way and yet there is also room for more we population without the traditional ceremonies or expectations of marriage so well this book is conservative in some ways it also addresses but I would consider to be controversy all issues for the s.
Jun 19, Aki Umemoto rated it really liked it. An entertaining sequel to "When World Collide", and continues right after the first book ended. It started out slow with the survivors trying to find food and shelter, with some wondering what happened the lost second spaceship. They finally send out a scouting party and they find a domed city built by the original inhabitants of Bronson Beta and eventually their lost colony. It's now a battle between the Americans and the evil Communists for rule over Bronson Beta.
It's a golden-aged science fiction pulp read full of fun and political incorrectness!
The only problem I had was that the end was rushed. It could have been more fleshed out and exciting rather than matter-of-factly reported. Still a fun read, they don't write them like this anymore! Jun 29, Al Philipson rated it liked it. Once upon a time, this was one of my favorite stories. Tastes have moved on and people want a book that gets off to a fast start and gets them into the plot immediately.
And I'm no exception. The story chugs along for half of the book and most of the intense action takes place near the end.
In fact, when I was getting near the end, I was afraid this was going to be a cliff-hanger story that would force me to buy the next book to find out what happened. BUT, the authors wrapped it up fairly rapidl Once upon a time, this was one of my favorite stories.
BUT, the authors wrapped it up fairly rapidly, so I didn't have to buy the next one -- which is good, given the lousy reviews the next one got. Don't get me wrong, the body of the book has some tension throughout, so it's not boring and if you liked "When Worlds Collide", you'll probably want to read this one to see what happens to the survivors after they make the hop to their new home.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nothing in this sequel could possibly match the race against time and the destruction of Earth by planetary collision! As the spaceship survivors knuckle down to set up a new life with what little they brought from Earth, they soon discover alien cities full of every convenience!
Any melodrama is drily dispatched in diary entries, and some nation-based rivalry brought over from Earth is quickly and effortlessly dispatched.
The most interesting aspect for me Nothing in this sequel could possibly match the race against time and the destruction of Earth by planetary collision! The most interesting aspect for me was that the discovery of the alien city and the exploration of their technology was strongly reminiscent of the premise for Forbidden Planet, filmed in , twenty years after this was written.
Aug 01, David rated it it was amazing. Terrific sequel to When Worlds Collide, which left some plot threads unresolved.
What happened to the other ships fleeing Earth? What awaits our heroes now? The sense of exploration and wonder is thick, interrupted by Leave 'em wanting more I guess. So so sequel Where the first book was exciting what with humanity facing an uncertain future with the Bronson planet's coming to destroy us, the sequel is kind of ho hum. A bit mundane since Bronson beta was inhabited at one time, that race choosing to die, but leaving enough behind good the terran castaways.
A bit too pat for this reader. Jan 28, Spencer Hoadley rated it it was amazing. The first book when worlds collide was a great read, and kept me intrigued throughout the book.
This book was, in my opinion, a step up from the first in the series. Extremely well written, imaginative, and captivating story. Sep 24, Joe Wolf rated it really liked it.
I first read this as a tween in the early s and didn't give too much thought to the political story arc. Re-reading it recently I get the pushback but given when it was written, the details aren't surprising.
Would be interesting to see how a good film adaptation would address that detail. May 29, Darlene Wise rated it really liked it. Sequel was almost as good as the first. Not as good as When World's Collide with a rather weak finale. Jan 04, Velvet rated it it was amazing. Reminded me a bit of the Arthur C Clarke Rama series.
As the Americans explore the remains of a previous civilization. I thought this was one of the best Mankind at his finest, and his worst. May 10, Brian rated it really liked it.
Perhaps because this novel originally appeared as a magazine serial, it is more of a page-turner than its predecessor. Then, too, cliffhangers were harder to come by in a book that assured us of the end of the world practically from page one. Here, the story is all about the survivors of Earth trying to make a new planet their home.
Bronson Alpha, if you recall, was a planet about the size of Neptune that smashed into Earth, Perhaps because this novel originally appeared as a magazine serial, it is more of a page-turner than its predecessor. Bronson Alpha, if you recall, was a planet about the size of Neptune that smashed into Earth, utterly destroying it.
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The collision nudged Bronson Beta out of its orbit, but it was captured by the Sun in an elliptical orbit that, according to the best calculations, would take it nearly as far out in space as Mars and nearly as close to the sun as Venus. That means very cold winters and scorching summers. When the little band from Earth lands, Beta is on its way out. But the coming cold isn't their only worry. For one thing, their leader, Dr. Hendron, is showing the strain of his frenzied work to save at least a small portion of humanity.
For another, Bronson Beta was previously inhabited, and its domed cities -- still powered by some unknown energy -- hint at the possibility of surviving natives, who might not take to human interlopers.
Most worrisome of all, though, is that theirs was not the only ship from Earth to make it to Bronson Beta. At least one other made it, filled with "Asiatics" mostly Russians and Japanese , with a few Germans thrown in for good measure, whose intent is to make Bronson Beta their own.
It's hard to top Armageddon. But the really interesting thing about this sequel is that Wylie and Balmer don't have to. When Worlds Collide focused so closely on the destructiveness of nature that they were left with an ideal "out" for this book: As ludicrous as is the idea of a few hundred people on the surface of a planet the size of Earth making war on each other, it is, sadly, quite believable and, given the circumstances, all but inevitable.
The circumstances being, that never will a better opportunity arise for world domination.Various countries attempt the same thing. Golden Fleece. Welcome back. The first book was an exciting adventure fantasy that was, considering the time it was written, fairly decent in its attempt at scientific verisimilitude. Most worrisome of all, though, is that theirs was not the only ship from Earth to make it to Bronson Beta. One of the U.
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