I was glad to see this sequel to When Worlds Collide and couldn't wait to listen to Peter Ganim's wonderful reading of it. Written with the influences of world wars you can see the influence of world events on the unfolding story of the survivors of the Earth's catastrophe After Worlds Collide. Human Nature is what it is and never ceases to amaze. "Hendron's Hundreds" are reminiscent of the Israelites as Moses led them out of Egypt and the writers bring the elements into the story beautifully. Cole Hendron and Tony Drake are the real leaders of this expedition though Dave Ransdale is a favorite among the people. The story is seen through the eyes of Tony Drake and of the group's poet/writer, Elliott James.
What they find on the new planet brings joy, fear, and wonder to the survivors from Earth. Each day brings new discoveries and trials. Will Hendron's Hundreds be up for the task ahead of them? Will they be able to survive and populate the new planet? The suspense rides with you as you wonder what will happen next. They aren't warriors, but they are fighters who will do what it takes to protect each other and insure the survival of the human race. Then they wonder about who lived on Bronson-Beta before the new planet was ripped from its original orbit around its own sun millions of years earlier. What were those people like and how did they react to their own anihilation? The writers make us care about the lost people as well as the Earth's survivors.
This was a wonderful read.
I loved listening to When Worlds Collide. I saw the movie years ago and knew the book would be better. I wasn't disappointed. The book is much different than the movie and I am glad. I won't give away plot secrets because that would destroy some of the suspense. It was written in 1933, between the world wars. I hated to turn it off to do anything else and often didn't. The book starts out broad and then narrows in on specific characters and events as the story unfolds. You start rooting for certain characters right off. You want them to survive and you want them to get their hearts desire. Cole Hendron is a scientist working to build a rocket ship to save a remnant of the human race and take them to an unknown planet in hopes of finding a way to help the human race survive.
Hendron is altruistic but determined to pick the best and brightest to take with him on this journey. But first they have to find a way to build a rocket ship strong enough to make the journey through space from the Earth to the new planet. They also have to survive what devestation will come when the 2 planets heading toward Earth approach and the other people on Earth who want what they have built. The suspense carries right through to the end of the book as we wait to see if Hendron will succede in saving his remnant or if the forces confronting them will overcome all their efforts.
I definitely am recommending this book as a great read. They say the science fiction writers that went into WWII were never the same, that is those who survived it.
Read the sequell and remember the state of the world around WWI and then WWII and you will definitely see their influence. After Worlds Collide continues the story begun in When Worlds Collide and is definitely worth the time.
The nuances of language that only a good reader can bring to any story.
When I realized that the book had different sub-plots than the movie, I was thrilled because I knew the excitement would be greater as the story unfolded for me without me knowing what to expect next.
Enjoying all over again a series of books I had read in my youth. My Dad passed his E. E. Doc Smith on to my brother and me and we read them and just ate them up. Smith introduced me to Sci-Fi and the love has lasted a lifetime. I loved the Skylark series because it fired my imagination and dreams. Yes, man would some day venture into space as the explorers man is.
Seaton was amazing, but managed to stay down to earth. Duquesne grew enormously through the books, but then stayed true to his character in the end. Do tigers really change their stripes?
I loved seeing the softer side of Duquesne come out. His scenes with the aliens for "DNA" preservation was very interesting.
The enemy became the friend/ally to overcome adversity.
Loved the reader and the books. I think Doc Smith was really a romantic at heart.
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