In The Days Of The Comet

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A comet rushes toward the earth, a deadly, glowing orb that soon fills the sky and promises doom. But mankind is too busy hating, stealing, scheming, and killing to care. As luminous green trails of cosmic dust and vapor stream across the heavens, blood flows beneath: nations wage all-out war, bitter strikes erupt, and jealous lovers plot revenge and murder. The earth slips past the comet by the narrowest of margins, but all succumb to the gases in its tail. When mankind wakes up, everyone is completely and ...
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Overview

A comet rushes toward the earth, a deadly, glowing orb that soon fills the sky and promises doom. But mankind is too busy hating, stealing, scheming, and killing to care. As luminous green trails of cosmic dust and vapor stream across the heavens, blood flows beneath: nations wage all-out war, bitter strikes erupt, and jealous lovers plot revenge and murder. The earth slips past the comet by the narrowest of margins, but all succumb to the gases in its tail. When mankind wakes up, everyone is completely and profoundly different. In the Days of the Comet is H. G. Wells's classic tale of the last days of the old earth and the extraterrestrial Change that becomes the salvation of the human race. An ill-fated romance between Willie Leadford and Nettie Stuart unfolds in a world buried in misery and bent on its own destruction. After the earth passes through the comet's tail, suffering, pettiness, and injustice melt away. Willie, Nettie, and everyone around them are reborn. They now see themselves and their world in a dramatically new and wonderful way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406584202
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/2007
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells (1866–1946) is one of the most influential figures in the history of science fiction. His books include The Sleeper Awakes and The Last War, also available in the Bison Frontiers of Imagination series. Ben Bova, an award-winning science fiction writer, is the author of several influential series and such acclaimed novels as Jupiter, Moonrise, Return to Mars, and Venus.

Biography

Social philosopher, utopian, novelist, and "father" of science fiction and science fantasy, Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866, in Bromley, Kent. His father was a poor businessman, and young Bertie's mother had to work as a lady's maid. Living "below stairs" with his mother at an estate called Uppark, Bertie would sneak into the grand library to read Plato, Swift, and Voltaire, authors who deeply influenced his later works. He shoed literary and artistic talent in his early stories and paintings, but the family had limited means, and when he was fourteen years old, Bertie was sent as an apprentice to a dealer in cloth and dry goods, work he disliked.

He held jobs in other trades before winning a scholarship to study biology at the Normal School of Science in London. The eminent biologist T. H. Huxley, a friend and proponent of Darwin, was his teacher; about him Wells later said, "I believed then he was the greatest man I was ever likely to meet." Under Huxley's influence, Wells learned the science that would inspire many of his creative works and cultivated the skepticism about the likelihood of human progress that would infuse his writing.

Teaching, textbook writing, and journalism occupied Wells until 1895, when he made his literary debut with the now-legendary novel The Time Machine, which was followed before the end of the century by The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds, books that established him as a major writer. Fiercely critical of Victorian mores, he published voluminously, in fiction and nonfiction, on the subject of politics and social philosophy. Biological evolution does not ensure moral progress, as Wells would repeat throughout his life, during which he witnessed two world wars and the debasement of science for military and political ends.

In addition to social commentary presented in the guise of science fiction, Wells authored comic novels like Love and Mrs. Lewisham, Kipps, and The History of Mister Polly that are Dickensian in their scope and feeling, and a feminist novel, Ann Veronica. He wrote specific social commentary in The New Machiavelli, an attack on the socialist Fabian Society, which he had joined and then rejected, and literary parody (of Henry James) in Boon. He wrote textbooks of biology, and his massive The Outline of History was a major international bestseller.

By the time Wells reached middle age, he was admired around the world, and he used his fame to promote his utopian vision, warning that the future promised "Knowledge or extinction." He met with such preeminent political figures as Lenin, Roosevelt, and Stalin, and continued to publish, travel, and educate during his final years. Herbert George Wells died in London on August 13, 1946.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The War of the Worlds.

Good To Know

In 1891, Wells married his cousin Isabel. However, he eventually left her for one of his brightest students, Amy Catherine, whom he married in 1895.

Wells was once interviewed on the radio by an extremely nervous Orson Welles. The two are unrelated, of course.

Many of Wells's novels became film adaptations, including The Island of Dr. Moreau, filmed in 1996 by Richard Stanley and John Frankenheimer, and The Time Machine, filmed in 2002 by Wells's great-grandson, Simon Wells.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Herbert George Wells (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1866
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bromley, Kent, England
    1. Date of Death:
      August 13, 1946
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England

Table of Contents

Prologue--The Man who Wrote in the Tower i
Book 1 The Comet
1 Dust in the Shadows 3
2 Nettie 35
3 The Revolver 63
4 War 111
5 The Pursuit of the Two Lovers 135
Book 2 The Green Vapours
1 The Change 165
2 The Awakening 189
3 The Cabinet Council 209
Book 3 The New World
1 Love after the Change 229
2 My Mother's Last Days 255
3 Beltane and New Year's Eve 269
The Epilogue--The Window of the Tower 285
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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    great story-full of typos

    cheap classics often = mess you have to sift through. i did make myself guess or wade through some of the mess because i liked the story so much. so i guess that says something for the work itself, this is just not the best version to try and read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    A wonderful story. I love his writing. My version wasn't full of

    A wonderful story. I love his writing. My version wasn't full of typos either. Complains must be for another version. Philtre Libre version is nice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Great book, bad copy.

    Do not buy any copy of this book from the nook store! They are all filled with OCR errors. Go online and get a copy from the project Gutenburg website for free. They have it in epub format. I hop this helps, because this book is a greatly underappreciated classic. :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    It is full og It is full of tyopoooos

    Good book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Boring

    Very dry, slow reading, & a lot of insignifagant information

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011

    A great book but...

    I perfer less blood and gore. There were too many killings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Alexandra

    Starts dancing by nova wearing a black an red corset.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Fascinating story

    Wells imagines for us a utopian world in which greed, jealousy, violence, and all the rest of humanity's vices have been eradicated. A clarion call to buck the current system of grasping pettiness and start anew; a sort of 'Atlas Shrugged' for socialists (only based on selflessness rather than selfishness, and not nearly so long or tiresome, thank God!) Some scanning errors made it hard to read at times, but not impossible, and worth the effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Mistake

    There were so many misspelled and added words some of the book is illegible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    What does emily and chenells posts have to do with this book?

    Srisly quit it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 27, 2013


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Jon to chelle

    locked out next res.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Mariah to all

    Iam making a lez meet place for ladies only. 'Sweet and sour' res one. Lets have some fun. :*

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Julia

    Hey ally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Julia to ally

    We have a apponitment to attend to. Whould we go to a differnt res?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Ally

    K

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Julia

    She was just about to climax on emilys face. her body tense and her ass quivering.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Julia to ally

    Sure imm meat you vthere

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    PLEASE HELP QUICKLY

    Result 30 tell him emily is locked out...next result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Ash

    Can have a ladie

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