The Purple Cloud

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"If now a swell from the Deep has swept over this planetary ship of earth, and I, who alone chanced to find myself in the furthest stern, as the sole survivor of her crew... What then, my God, shall I do?". The Purple Cloud is widely hailed as a masterpiece of science fiction and one of the best "last man" novels ever written. A deadly purple vapor passes over the world and annihilates all living creatures except one man, Adam Jeffson. He embarks on an epic journey across a silent and devastated planet, an apocalyptic Robinson Crusoe putting
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"If now a swell from the Deep has swept over this planetary ship of earth, and I, who alone chanced to find myself in the furthest stern, as the sole survivor of her crew... What then, my God, shall I do?". The Purple Cloud is widely hailed as a masterpiece of science fiction and one of the best "last man" novels ever written. A deadly purple vapor passes over the world and annihilates all living creatures except one man, Adam Jeffson. He embarks on an epic journey across a silent and devastated planet, an apocalyptic Robinson Crusoe putting together the semblance of a normal life from the flotsam and jetsam of his former existence. As he descends into madness over the years, he becomes increasingly aware that his survival was no accident and that his destiny - and the fate of the human race - are part of a profound, cosmological plan.
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David E. James
The publishers should be congratulated in bring The Purple Cloud back to public attention once more...the lush prose complements both the epic theme and the grandiose and insane posturings of the pyromaniac protagonist...Shiel was the most eloquent of the immediate successors to H.G. Wells...
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803292796
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

M. P. Shiel's (1865–1947) long, distinguished writing career included such works as Prince Zaleski, The Lord of the Sea and The Yellow Peril. John Clute is the author of Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (winner of the Hugo Award) and coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (winner of the Hugo and Locus Awards).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    A classic weird novel from Shiel. Fans of Lovecraft will like it

    A classic weird novel from Shiel. Fans of Lovecraft will like it. I loved it, very well-written.

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