When Worlds Collide / Edition 1

When Worlds Collide / Edition 1

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by Philip Wylie, Edwin Balmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803298145

ISBN-13: 9780803298149

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books


A runaway planet hurtles toward the earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover,…  See more details below

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A runaway planet hurtles toward the earth. As it draws near, massive tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions wrack our planet, devastating continents, drowning cities, and wiping out millions. In central North America, a team of scientists race to build a spacecraft powerful enough to escape the doomed earth. Their greatest threat, they soon discover, comes not from the skies but from other humans.
 
A crackling plot and sizzling, cataclysmic vision have made When Worlds Collide one of the most popular and influential end-of-the-world novels of all time. This Bison Frontiers of Imagination edition features the original story and its sequel, After Worlds Collide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803298149
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Bison Frontiers of Imagination
Pages:
379
Sales rank:
517,861
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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When Worlds Collide 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago and loved it.  I have been trying to find it for the "Nook or I Pad and have had no success. For those who have poor eyesight we need it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books in the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genre, and if I do say so myself, this is the best of the best. I couldn't put it down. It is an intriguing adventure story as well as a wonderful love story. I recommend it to everyone. I usually like fantasy and horror more than sci-fi, but this book just stands out among the rest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was in my teens and I am now 63 years old. I remember how drawn I was into a story of the last days of earth and how a new planet would save civilization. I also remember the hollywood movie made by George Pal and how it did the book little justice. Anyways, I still think it is a great book and the sequal 'After Worlds Colide' was an even better book to read. I recommend them both and I look forward to reading both books again.
Doug_C57D More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in the fourth or fifth grade and have never forgotten it. I've owned in many different versions... a hardback with the two novels together and numerous paperback editions. Needless to say, the two books (When Worlds Collide and its sequel After worlds Collide) are my all-time favorite reads. It is exciting, and yes, while the science is suspect, the premise is not. I wholeheartedly recommend this boo!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the two novels, ¿When Worlds Collide¿, and ¿After Worlds Collide¿, which are contained within this edition. I¿d been meaning to read it for quite some time, and when I discovered people discussing it enthusiastically on a forum, I took it as a signal to finally do so. First I will say that on the whole I think the story has great merit. I¿ll say secondly that I found disappointing the authors relied upon too many fortunate coincidences for my tastes. I¿ll get the coincidences out of the way, so that I can conclude on a good note. First among the unlikely coincidences is the encounter between the intruder-planets & Earth. It¿s prohibitively unlikely that a rogue object from interstellar space ¿in this case the co-orbiting planets Bronson-Alpha & Bronson-Beta- would just happen to come anywhere near Earth, and to compound this unlikelihood is that, after grazing Earth the pair then happen to swing around the Sun exactly such that one of them collides dead-on with Earth. But of course, one improbability is allowed, on the condition that it makes all else in the story possible. So I can¿t really fault the authors on this specifically. I was, however, very disappointed with the next fortuitous instance of serendipity. I don¿t want to give away any more than necessary, so it¿ll have to suffice to say that the salvaging of the human species depends upon perfecting a material able to withstand the immense temperatures generated by nuclear energy. (Real nuclear reactors were some years in the future when this book was written.) Instead of figuring out some clever engineering approach to this problem, the authors simply postulate that a heretofore unknown metal, with the requisite properties, is discovered occurring naturally, just in time to put it to use. Once upon one of the new planets, yet more coincidences crop up. Not wanting to tell too much, all I¿ll say is that they are too conveniently benevolent. On the other hand, I must hand it to the authors for using this story as an opportunity to question the nature of morality. It¿s very definitely discussed as to how current conventions of government & social structure may be just that- conventional. It¿s acknowledged that what we take for granted as socially proper, even necessary, can be a function of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. What we can afford to indulge here & now may be wholly ineffective, maybe even destructive, under more extreme hardships. Cultural absolutism is denied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intrigiuing story of man's attempt to save civilazation. Good characters although there is some 'poltical incorrectness' in the use of stereotypes. Perfectally acceptable in the 30's when this was written. The sequal is a intriguing adventure of surival and interpersonal relatio