In the Days of the Comet

In the Days of the Comet

H.G. Wells / Jan 28, 2020

In the Days of the Comet William Leadford is an unemployed socialist student in an industrial town Britain declares war on Germany date unspecified Half is a st person retrospective of proletarian hardship his love for midd

  • Title: In the Days of the Comet
  • Author: H.G. Wells
  • ISBN: 9780006152453
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • William Leadford is an unemployed socialist student in an industrial town Britain declares war on Germany, date unspecified Half is a 1st person retrospective of proletarian hardship his love for middleclass Nettie Will buys a revolver upon discovering her elopement with the wealthy Verral A comet emitting a green glow so bright that lamps aren t lit is mentionedWilliam Leadford is an unemployed socialist student in an industrial town Britain declares war on Germany, date unspecified Half is a 1st person retrospective of proletarian hardship his love for middleclass Nettie Will buys a revolver upon discovering her elopement with the wealthy Verral A comet emitting a green glow so bright that lamps aren t lit is mentioned repeatedly He follows them to a coastal village Finding them sea bathing in the comet s glow, he contemplates murder suicide Before he acts, battleships shell the town During the panic, the comet, entering the atmosphere, melts into a gaseous fog People now flee the fog All fall asleep Awakening pellucidly rejuvinated, he reconsiders his ill conceived plans Others awake It s realized the gas somehow made everyone reasonable People slept 3 hours during the Great Change Some died falling asleep in moving vehicles Will describes how aware humanity abolished ranks, ownership, borders militaries Polluting industries closed Wars ended Upon rational discussion, Verrall, Will Nettie decide she ought go with Verrall The retrospective ends Will s now 72, one of the few remembering the Old World.

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        In 1866, Herbert George H.G Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper s apprentice as a teenager The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an usher, or student teacher Wells earned a government scholarship in 1884, to study biology under Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science Wells earned his bachelor of science and doctor of science degrees at the University of London After marrying his cousin, Isabel, Wells began to supplement his teaching salary with short stories and freelance articles, then books, including The Time Machine 1895 , The Island of Dr Moreau 1896 , The Invisible Man 1897 , and The War of the Worlds 1898.Wells created a mild scandal when he divorced his cousin to marry one of his best students, Amy Catherine Robbins Although his second marriage was lasting and produced two sons, Wells was an unabashed advocate of free as opposed to indiscriminate love He continued to openly have extra marital liaisons, most famously with Margaret Sanger, and a ten year relationship with the author Rebecca West, who had one of his two out of wedlock children A one time member of the Fabian Society, Wells sought active change His 100 books included many novels, as well as nonfiction, such as A Modern Utopia 1905 , The Outline of History 1920 , A Short History of the World 1922 , The Shape of Things to Come 1933 , and The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind 1932 One of his booklets was Crux Ansata, An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church Although Wells toyed briefly with the idea of a divine will in his book, God the Invisible King 1917 , it was a temporary aberration Wells used his international fame to promote his favorite causes, including the prevention of war, and was received by government officials around the world He is best remembered as an early writer of science fiction and futurism.He was also an outspoken socialist Wells and Jules Verne are each sometimes referred to as The Fathers of Science Fiction D 1946.More philosopedia indexp H._ine literature wellhgwellsusa.50megs britannica EBchecked tenpedia wiki H._G._Wells


    326 Comments

    1. What an odd little book. I was surprised to see that Wells wrote this later than all his other famous, hyper-influential SF novels, because it reads more like an early failed experiment, but it sure is interesting.The first section, a realistic portrait of a not very interesting Victorian young man, is quite a slog; you can tell that this novel was not serialized, because most readers would've given up after several chapters about his career decisions and romantic disappointments, wondering when [...]


    2. Oh, boy, In the Days of the Comet was a doozy. I liked H.G. Wells insights into the society of that time. This is primarily because the thought that kept occurring to me was how easily you could attribute almost all of his statement to today’s society. (Though as a friend put it: You could make that statement about a lot of books. It’s the clarity of thought where things differ.)The way he poked at and pointed out every bit of societal malignancy had me nodding and highlighting passages.For [...]


    3. Wells was a Fabian socialist and pacifist who devoted much of his work both in his fictions and non-fictions towards educating people. In the Days of the Comet he presents a thought-experiment: What if everyone became rational?By "rational" I mean, upon first consideration, any action predicated upon a realistic understanding of the facts performed by an agent aware of the complex of his or her motives. Upon further consideration, rational behavior would also entail an understanding of the motiv [...]


    4. Very strange To read a book by a great writer, with great ideas that is so dreadfully awful. I like Wells. I love most of his books. I'm close to finishing a 1,000 page hardback of which is supposedly the complete short works.  In everything I've read by him there has been something I have been able to appreciate, and the only consistent fault has been his obsession with the word "tumult". But "tumult" is not the issue here.First, let me acknowledge this:He predicts tanks. He predicts war wit [...]


    5. In a time of war and financial chaos, a comet moves through the Earth’s atmosphere and releases a green smoke. It renders every living being unconscious, but when man awakes he finds that he has lost the capacity for rage, fury and the darker passions. A utopia is then built.This is nowhere near a front row Wells, but it is a book crammed full of ideas. For the first half at least we have a protagonist who is unhinged with emotion; there are a number of great descriptions (for example; “Mrs [...]


    6. For this year's reading journey, from all of H.G. Wells’ works, I picked one that I was completely and totally unfamiliar with, and I deliberately picked one in the heart of the time frame I most associate with his writing, the early 1900s, even though I’m well aware that he continued writing fiction into the early 1940s.The opening pages of the book make me wonder if until sometime in the early 20th century it was only possible to start a novel by putting your tale into the story-within-a-s [...]


    7. In literary terms Utopia has never quite been much cop.That's not to say that it's not a good place, a better place, wonderful, full of Shiny Happy People - positively utopian in fact. It can be. But it's also invariably boring. What was that line from the Talking Heads song - 'Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens.'Surely that genius of science-fiction, Mr. H. G. Wells, managed to make something out of such a dull prospect? He would have livened it up with a time machine, or a bunch of m [...]


    8. I found this an exceptionally modern for its day (1906). "Cheap paper planisphere? - key word: "cheap". The pros were overall informal and modern.In this novel, Wells seemed to want to sell the wonderful new concept of Marxist socialism but unfortunately, after the comet that releases a nitrogen gas that chemically causes the human race, as well as all air breathing organisms on earth, to lean towards reason and docility, as well as a tendency towards socialist attitudes, his utopia becomes abso [...]


    9. What can I say about this book? First off, I am in the main a big H G Wells fan, but had I read this before any of his other works. I doubt I'd have bothered with the rest. That's not to say this is a bad book, just that it isn't as polished and smooth as many of his other works are. It irritated me to a great extent how instead of getting on with the plot, the main character kept pausing to give vent to socio-political tracts. Who, honestly, thinks like that? Who writes like that? It just broke [...]


    10. The "Days of the Comet", published four years before the passing of Haley's comet (1910) and in the run-up to World War I (1914), is only mildly interesting as a story. But it is one of those books that gains more interest considered in light of the times and its author, H.G. Wells. In the story, the tail of the eponymous comet sweeps the earth with a green vapor that has the effect of pacifying people and giving the world a more vivid and beautiful aspect (hilariously, H.G. Wells' description m [...]


    11. "In the Days" breaks out as Wells' utimate utopia, a sad one, though, in which he hints at a loss of hope in humanity's self enlightenment and resorts to an external artifact, a meteor --as if a heaven-given blessing-- to envision an elevated form of self and society. The author drew a perfect portrait spud from the idea of a suddenly unselfish sentiment taking root in the minds and hearts of all living women and men.An unreserved description of a true age of reason is born in Wellian linguistic [...]


    12. H.G. Wells the Idealist in tip-top form. While he concentrates on one particular character unhappy with his poor station in life, Wells manages to expose the foibles of all classes - upper or lower. He makes his points and views known; no doubt about it. However, he's not nearly as heavy-handed as he was later apt to be.2nd reading after who-knows-how-long. powerful than I remembered.


    13. It started with a small speck in the the sky, but soon it has grown larger and larger. Then in the midst of a world war the tail of the comet grases the atmosphere initiating a wide spread loss of consciousness. And when the world wakes, all crime and hate in the world is quickly obliterated, utopia is formed, and the world undergoes what is described in the book as "the Great Change".


    14. unexpectedly marvellous; I didn't think I liked utopian fiction but this was a neat trick at producing a historical document for future readers, contained a lot of ideas which are still considered "too modern" now, and has a strongly-drawn protagonist. not what I was expecting at all!


    15. This edition has no real critical material or even printing history. Thus I had to look the title up to find out when the book was originally published (1906, to save duplicate efforts). This edition is a cheap edition, a 2nd printing of a Berkley Highland edition. It's dated 1969, and has, not an ISBN #, but an 'SBN' #, so it must be from before the establishment of ISBN #s.I've gotten to page 76, and I'm getting to the point where I'm looking up and saying "Why doesn't that comet hurry UP, alr [...]


    16. This is perhaps the least enjoyable of all the Wells novels I've read so far. That's probably at least partially because the book portrays an image of humanity which I just don't buy, but there are other factors involved, as I'll detail.The book, played out as a memoir being read by an unidentified reader moments after its completion, centers on the life of a central protagonist, Willie, and the conditions of his life 'before the Change', specifically focusing on his romantic affairs with a youn [...]


    17. celebrityreaders.wordpressFavorite quotes:I was thinking of revenge—revenge against the primary conditions of my being. I was thinking of Nettie and her lover. I was firmly resolved he should not have her—though I had to kill them both to prevent it. I did not care what else might happen, if only that end was ensured.Then begins a clatter roar of machinery catching the infection, going faster and faster, and whizzing and banging,—engineers, who have never had time to wash since their birth [...]


    18. Of all the books written by Wells that I have read this one I enjoyed the least. It started off bad. I just could not get into the story. Then the main character continuously annoyed me. There were times I completely cringed at the blatant bigotry and class warfare that was described in the story. Yes, the arguments that occurred within the story resemble ones going on today. I also tend to have at least a bit of the distrust of all government that comes through in the later parts of the story. [...]


    19. At first, I was amazed why Herbert Wells wrote something like this: simple, non-evolutionary and pretty boring. This work is so different from his other books that I can't even shape my feedback. It is kind of feeling that the author of "Time Machine", "The War of the Words" and "The Invisible Man" is H.G.Wells, nevertheless, the author of "In the Days of the Comet" is another guy. So, to be short, I didn't like it. I even stopped in the middle. The innovation level of the book is insignificant. [...]


    20. Slow and dull throughout the majority of this story, Wells grinds many axes here. Many of these I can appreciate but the vessel by which these axes are ground, the story itself, is very weak. Problem riddled society circa early 1900s is transformed into a utopia. Utopian stories are, by default, difficult to pull off. Where is the conflict? Instead, Wells focuses on character development that is brought on by this change and it is through this that we see Wells' underlying messages. He does pair [...]


    21. Wells, convinto socialista, escogita un sistema per trasformare il "sol dell'avvenire" da metafora a realtà. Forse un po' ingenuo, ma rende l'idea di come la situazione sociale (inglese, ma non solo) ad inizio del '900 fosse a tal punto drammatica che forse solo un intervento dall'esterno poteva risolverla al meglio senza il passaggio attraverso una rivoluzione armata come sarebbe poi avvenuto in Russia nel '17.Il romanzo non è di lettura agevole, non ha una trama particolare, sono più le pag [...]


    22. A comet hits Earth, but instead of catastrophe, the world is inexplicably transformed into a paradise of equity, freedom and peace. Interesting premise, but Wells does nothing with it, other than going on long-winded rants about capitalism, property rights, religion, marriage, etc and telling a very dull romance tale. He doesn't even attempt to explain how the world's magical transformation occurred.


    23. I couldn't manage to finish this, having struggled through the first two "books". The characters were too unsympathetic and the story too dull.This is the last of seven novels in a Wells volume I obtained back in 2010. Apart from The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, none of them has been very good.


    24. Imperfect World ?The coming of the comet promises a superior change in mankind. However the destruction of art, books , architecture etc denies mankind freewill , eliminating choice is the first thing an Authoritarian Government would do (see Putin,Eregon)


    25. Some interest in its description of a utopia and how it was brought about; also for its depiction of English laboring class in the early nineteenth century. But not as compelling overall as some of his better stories.



    26. Not really science fiction, just an essay on what would happen if there was a change in temperament and economic situation of humanity. Verbose, not interesting.




    27. ☆☆☆☆This review contains spoilers☆☆☆☆When I discovered my love for reading, as a young teenager, I found myself skipping over paragraphs that I found boring. Over time, I realized the words I threw away contained crucial information to the story line, which subsequently stopped the habit, until now. I caught myself leaping over paragraphs to lessen my burden of the wrath contained within along with the boredom it produced.On opening the pages, words viciously tumbled out, forcing [...]


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