When the World Shook

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Bickley, Bastin and Arbuthnot encounter the strange tribe of Orofena and the terrible secrets of the underworld in this adventurous, enigmatic story of a seemingly dead, uninhabited city from one of the great masters of science fiction.
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Overview

Bickley, Bastin and Arbuthnot encounter the strange tribe of Orofena and the terrible secrets of the underworld in this adventurous, enigmatic story of a seemingly dead, uninhabited city from one of the great masters of science fiction.
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"If this is pulp fiction it's high pulp: a Wagnerian opera of an adventure tale, a B-movie humanist apocalypse and chivalric romance." - Lydia Millet
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935869566
  • Publisher: Cursor
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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H. Rider Haggard was a popular English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, including King Solomon's Mines (considered one of the first of the Lost World genre) and She. When The World Shook, which features suspended animation and a machine capable of changing the tilt of the earth, is the most science-fictional of his writings.

James Parker was born in London in 1968. He is the author of Turned On: A Biography of Henry Rollins and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

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When The World Shook

Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley, and Arbuthnot
By H. Rider Haggard

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Copyright © 2012 H. Rider Haggard
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ISBN: 9781935869566

Think of them! The unmeasured space of blackness threaded by those globes of ghastly incandescence that now hung a while and now shot upwards, downwards, across, apparently without origin or end, like a stream of meteors that had gone mad. Then the travelling mountain, two thousand feet in height, or more, with its enormous saucer-like rim painted round with bands of lurid red and blue, and about its grinding foot the tulip bloom of emitted flame. Then the fierce-faced Oro at his post, his hand upon the rod, waiting, remorseless, to drown half of this great world, with the lovely Yva standing calm-eyed like a saint in hell and watching me above the edge of the shield which such a saint might bear to turn aside the fiery darts of the wicked. And lastly we three men flattened terror-stricken, against the wall.

Nightmare! Imagination! No, these pale before that scene which it was given to our human eyes to witness.

And all the while, bending, bowing towards us — away from us — making obeisance to the path in front as though in greeting, to the path behind as though in farewell; instinct with a horrible life, with a hideous and gigantic grace, that titanic Terror whirled onwards to the mark of fate.


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Table of Contents


Chapter I. Arbuthnot Describes Himself

Chapter II. Bastin and Bickley

Chapter III. Natalie

Chapter IV. Death and Departure

Chapter V. The Cyclone

Chapter VI. Land

Chapter VII. The Orofenans

Chapter VIII. Bastin Attempts the Martyr's Crown

Chapter IX. The Island in the Lake

Chapter X. The Dwellers in the Tomb

Chapter XI. Resurrection

Chapter XII. Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Years!

Chapter XIII. Oro Speaks and Bastin Argues

Chapter XIV. The Under-world

Chapter XV. Oro in His House

Chapter XVI. Visions of the Past

Chapter XVII. Yva Explains

Chapter XVIII. The Accident

Chapter XIX. The Proposals of Bastin and Bickley

Chapter XX. Oro and Arbuthnot Travel by Night

Chapter XXI. Love's Eternal Altar

Chapter XXII. The Command

Chapter XXIII. In the Temple of Fate

Chapter XXIV. The Chariot of the Pit

Chapter XXV. Sacrifice

Chapter XXVI. Tommy

Chapter XXVII. Bastin Discovers a Resemblance

NOTE By J. R. Bickley, M.R.C.S.

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