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Radium Age Science Fiction #03: The Poison Belt

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Synopsis:

What would you do if you alone had discovered that the entire planet was about to be engulfed in a belt of poisonous "ether" from outer space — and that all humanity would die?

Arthur Conan Doyle's intrepid Professor Challenger invites a hand-picked crew of adventurers and scientists — the very same comrades with whom he had romped through a South American jungle crawling with prehistoric monsters and beast-men in The Lost World, science fiction's first popular dinoasaurs-still-live tale. This adventure, however, takes place entirely in Challenger's home (in his wife's boudoir, in fact) outside London, which has been fortified with several hours' worth of oxygen. Challenger tells his friends: “We are assisting at a tremendous and awful function.”

Like astronauts strapping themselves into a rocket, Challenger and Co. assemble in front of a picture window to witness the end of all life on the planet. As birds plummet from the sky, trains crash, and men and women topple over before their horrified gaze, they debate everything from the possibilities of the universe to the “abysses that lie upon either side of our material existence,” to the “ideal scientific mind." If the point of other apocalyptic tales is to model proper action in the face of certain disaster, Doyle's offbeat adventure models a proper attitude: scholarly sprezzatura, nerves of steel, stoic calm.

Professor Challenger himself is a larger than life character — strong as a bull, the smartest man alive, and an enormous egotist who nevertheless is good company whether he's hunting dinosaurs or waiting for the end of the world.

About the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, also wrote a series of thrilling science-fiction adventures starring the brilliant, daring, and comical Professor Challenger.

Joshua Glenn is coauthor of The Wage Slave's Glossary, and coeditor of the story collection Significant Objects. He is the editor of HiLobrow.com, and a scholar of the era that he has named science fiction's Radium Age (1904-33).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781935869542
Author:
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Publisher:
Hilobooks
Author:
Glenn, Joshua
Author:
Conan Doyle, Arthur
Author:
Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The Radium Age Science Fiction Series
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in

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What would you do if you alone had discovered that the entire planet was about to be engulfed in a belt of poisonous "ether" from outer space — and that all humanity would die?

Arthur Conan Doyle's intrepid Professor Challenger invites a hand-picked crew of adventurers and scientists — the very same comrades with whom he had romped through a South American jungle crawling with prehistoric monsters and beast-men in The Lost World, science fiction's first popular dinoasaurs-still-live tale. This adventure, however, takes place entirely in Challenger's home (in his wife's boudoir, in fact) outside London, which has been fortified with several hours' worth of oxygen. Challenger tells his friends: “We are assisting at a tremendous and awful function.”

Like astronauts strapping themselves into a rocket, Challenger and Co. assemble in front of a picture window to witness the end of all life on the planet. As birds plummet from the sky, trains crash, and men and women topple over before their horrified gaze, they debate everything from the possibilities of the universe to the “abysses that lie upon either side of our material existence,” to the “ideal scientific mind." If the point of other apocalyptic tales is to model proper action in the face of certain disaster, Doyle's offbeat adventure models a proper attitude: scholarly sprezzatura, nerves of steel, stoic calm.

Professor Challenger himself is a larger than life character — strong as a bull, the smartest man alive, and an enormous egotist who nevertheless is good company whether he's hunting dinosaurs or waiting for the end of the world.

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