Omega, written by astronomer Camille Flammarion (1842–1925), is no less than an epic history of our future—a startling and unforgettable vision of the end of the world. Reasoned scientific speculation combined with probing philosophical inquiry lend credibility and magnitude to this tale of how humankind will physically and culturally evolve over the next several million years.
The end begins in the twenty-fifth century, when a comet threatens to collide with the earth. The consequences of that frightening cosmic event are far-reaching, setting in motion a series of physical, psychic, and social changes that will profoundly affect the planet and its people far into the future. The earth’s surface drastically transforms over time. Cultures radically alter, collapse, and fade away. Nations rise and fall, species become extinct, and human beings find themselves at the end of the world, alone and changed in fundamental ways. This melancholic, poetic science fiction tale of things to come is as compelling and disturbing today as when it was first written.
About the Author
Camille Flammarion was a well-known French astronomer and writer who popularized science in the late nineteenth century. Robert Silverberg, an acclaimed science fiction writer, is the recipient of many awards, including multiple Hugo and Nebula awards.
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Omega; The Last Days Of The World based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Unusual novel/science essay/scripture from 19th-century French science popularizer Camille Flammarion. In the first half of the book, 25th century Earth anxiously awaits a collision with an immense comet. Will it end the world? At a scientific meeting in Paris, arguments (based on the latest 19th cent. science) are given pro and con for whether the end is at hand. One calculation, that of the size of Earth's atmosphere, 36,000 km, sticks with me. How do you get that number? Balance the outward centrifugal force of Earth's rotation with the downward weight of the air. This half I give 3 stars. The second half is a history of Earth and the Universe from after the comet to the real end of everything. It is a vast story of everything winding down, the Earth freezing, the last humans, the Sun a cold cinder, the triumph of entropy. This half gets 4 stars.