City at World's End

by Edmond Hamilton | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0345309871 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 2/20/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, February 20, 2024
This paperback was among those made available to Little Free Library stewards by the Nashua Public Library. It's about a small town that gets itself transported into the far-distant future by a "super-atomic bomb". [It was written in 1951, so I have to cut it some slack on the science {grin}.]

The book surprised me; while it did indeed open with the near-magical transmission of an entire town into the far-distant future, complete with local power plant and other infrastructures intact, that isn't where the story ended. For one thing, the "new" Earth (or should I say the very, very old Earth) has other cities, domed and clearly much more advanced than our heroes', but they have been long abandoned, suggesting that the planet isn't habitable even with that technology. The townspeople go through stages of grief, anger, and desperation while a few try to figure out the best way to deal with the situation. And then a space-ship arrives...

I liked the direction that the story took, even though I was still a bit iffy as to the resolution. But it was a much more interesting tale than I'd thought; at one point the main character even quotes Melville during an attempt to persuade - but I won't spoil it. I only wish I'd read it during my own first dabblings into science fiction!

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, February 23, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (2/23/2024 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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Journal Entry 3 by wingjudygreeneyeswing at San Diego, California USA on Wednesday, March 13, 2024
I pulled this book from the "To The Stars" spaceship when it landed at my house!

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