City at World s End A surprise nuclear war may cause the End of the World but not the way anyone could have imagined Terrific Mark Nelson s narration is super listenable very keen Science Fiction SFFaudioApprox hours

  • Title: City at World's End
  • Author: Edmond Hamilton Mark Douglas Nelson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Audiobook
  • A surprise nuclear war may cause the End of the World, but not the way anyone could have imagined Terrific Mark Nelson s narration is super listenable very keen Science Fiction SFFaudioApprox 7 hours

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    1. Written near the dawn of the Cold War era and soon after mankind first became aware of the fearful possibilities of the atom bomb, "City at World's End" yet remains both highly readable and grippingly entertaining today, more than 65 years after its initial appearance. Edmond Hamilton's book initially appeared as a "complete novel" in the July 1950 issue of the pulp magazine "Starling Stories," was released in hardcover the following year, and, in '53, appeared again in the pages of "Galaxy." (P [...]

    2. I read this years ago & it was pretty good. Listening to it as an audio book read by Mark Nelson was a treat. Nelson is as good as most of the commercial readers out there & by far the best Librivox narrator I've ever listened to. He's read a lot of books in this genre, too. It's worth searching for his books. They're free on Librivox librivox/reader/251?prima are some of Hamilton's books on Gutenbergtenberg/ebooks/authoHamilton is a latter day ERB in my mind. His novels are short, inter [...]

    3. Up until recently, I have to confess that I had not heard of Edmond Hamilton (even though I most likely read some of his work on The Legion of Super-Heroes in my childhood). Having come across some people raving about this book at a Forum, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy and I am certainly glad that I did.It is a very enjoyable book, which while clearly marked by its time (the 50s) still holds up and keeps surprising the reader. I do not want to reveal too much, since half the fun i [...]

    4. Audiobook.Be careful reading other reviews for this novel as some toss spoilers out in their questions or dissatisfaction with the plot.That said, I am 6 chapters in (listening via narrator Mark Douglas Nelson's SciPodBooks podcast which releases a chapter a week) and am fascinated by this story. Yes, as others have noticed, it does reflect the societal attitudes of the 1950s in which it was written. Ok. What do they expect?Looking past that, though, is the "end of the world" concept which is u [...]

    5. Fascinating read - both the concept (which I'll leave to the reader to discover) and the amusing thoughts on what the future will be like as perceived by someone in the 1950's. Some interesting messages in the book about sentimentality, fear and happiness. I certainly enjoyed it.

    6. I loved this novel the first time I read it as a young man. I own two copies and have read it about half a dozen times. Recommended.

    7. A while ago I’ve decided to do a little time travelling. In literature, that is. So I’ve picked up a novel called “City At World’s End”, written by one Edmond Hamilton. It’s a story about a little rural community in the US heartland having a “super-atomic bomb” go off above it, causing a rift in time, catapulting said city into the far future, and the fight of its citizens to remain on Earth. Adventure!It is exactly what it sounds like: pure pulp. The characters are rather flat; [...]

    8. City at World's End by Edmond Hamilton was an interesting book, though not one that I would recommend. It was egregiously flawed in its attitude towards women, portraying them as not mentally capable of rigorous thought. It is no wonder that boys who were born in the 40s had horrible images of women if this was the line they were fed. The writing was pedestrian, though nowhere near as bad as some of the contemporary novels that I've read lately.The story was engaging. It contained aspects of tim [...]

    9. -Spoilers-Ok. Let me make a disclaimer before starting this review: This was standard 1950’s scifi pulp. If you expect more from it than that, you fail for being ridiculous, not the book. :DThings I loved: Absolutely ridiculous premise that a super atomic bomb can launch a small town millions/billions of years into the future with no other consequences than its just chilling out on a dying earth (ignore the development of disease, bacteria, and you know, possible damage to humans when travelli [...]

    10. This book started well and had so much promise. Perhaps if it had been written more recently its potential could have been realised. In short The City at World's End is just plain depressing. The mc is a depressing pessimist, the setting is depressing, the writing is depressing. Nonetheless I pushed on until chapter six when the author threw down this line regarding the mc's irritation at his fiancé because of the "inability of the female mind to grapple with the essentials of a situation". Now [...]

    11. It is with mixed feelings I leave this story. I like the story but I didn't like a lot of the persons in the story. For instance the girlfriend, Carol, was a child, a whiney one at that. The mayor is everthing I hate about politicians as a whole. And what ever happened to the spirit of exploration that seems to be what America is about? These people were so homebound that watching the moon launches would have caused them heart attacks and nightmares!The story uses the idea that adding heat to ea [...]

    12. City at World's End by Edmond Hamilton from 1951 is an old fashioned science fiction novel that is still entertaining, but not quite good. If you love old 1950s SF, this book is fun enough, but like many SF books back then, is short, just a barely fleshed out idea. A small American town is sent into the far distant future by an atomic blast. Earth is growing cold, and all the humans have left for the stars. The inhabitants of Middletown, population 50,000, must find a way to survive the cold. Lu [...]

    13. I absolutely love 1950's sci-fi movies. The cheesier the better. So it really shouldn't surprise me how much I loved this book but, for some reason it does. Let's get this out of the way - the writing isn't the best, it's completely small town 1950's, the sexism is both hilarious and offensive at the same time, and the author gives too little credit to people - humanity - for their adaptability. But all that said, I was hooked on the first page and enjoyed ever single turn of the page until the [...]

    14. Imagine just going about the day with your usual procedures, then suddenly you've been catapulted some centuries into the future Well these are the adventures of the people from a small community called Middletown. After a nuclear explosion, from which the town is strangely spared, everyone ends up about a million years ahead of the time they know and they re seeing the rest of earth dying around them But soon they meet some advanced races and their only thoughts are those of survival

    15. An enjoyable read with good characters. A typical small town with the growing fear of atomic war . Suddenly one day after bright flash and the sound of a loud explosion the town finds itself thrown a million years into the planet earth's dying future. Kensington the main character has to help lead the townspeople to their new future on a dying world . The novel leads us through the people clinging to past to a new renewed hope for survival .

    16. Great perspective on the cultural environment in the early 1950's. It is also interesting in its perspective on technology and what will happen in the future. It makes clear the difficulties on predicting technological advancements.

    17. I bought the Kindle edition (99 cents) of this 1951 sci-fi novel after reading reviews of it from my friends and people I'm following.* * * * *It was good, and didn't seem too dated.

    18. Can a "super atomic bomb" move an entire city millions of years into the future? A clever writer can make a good story out of a preposterous idea. The story pulled me in and kept me in.

    19. Imagine that that in a brief moment you find yourself lost millions of years in the future. Your family, friends, and entire way of life are gone. The world as you knew it is dead and lifeless and you face the horror that you are alone on a dying planet.In Edmond Hamilton's book City at World's End a small Midwest American town finds themselves lost millions of years in the future due to a freak nuclear attack. This 1940's era population must survive in a harsh world and deal with this loss whil [...]

    20. Old science fiction and a curious window into the lonely life of a 1950's misogynist. Even amongst books of its time (that have survived), it stands out in this sense. Every chapter contains a line like, "He felt a terrible pity for her, which almost smothered his irritation at the inability of the female mind to grapple with the essentials of a situation." This is how the protagonist views his own wife. The SF story is fairly pedestrian, and a typical example of WWII-influenced American SF. But [...]

    21. Everything about this book was great. The way the author develops the story is like slowly being immersed in a pool - he doesn't introduce the apocalypse and aftermath all at once, it dawns on the reader just as the characters experience it.The ending however, was very disappointing. It felt like a rushed, cop-out resolution that was something of a forced happy ending starkly different from the feel of the rest of the book. Wish it had ended differently.

    22. Very interesting classic sci fiGreat classic sci fi, with a bleak look at a town thrown forward in time, trying to maintain its traditional ways in a foreign future. Very cliche in its treatment of gender roles, but otherwise very well written.

    23. Listened to this book on Librivox. Great recording. The book is dated but well-written. Enjoyed everything but the profanity.

    24. It is hard to be fair when writing about a book from 1951. At a first glance, the plot is flat, the characters stereotypical, and their behavior often unreasonable and illogical. The book lacks detail, or in fact any explanation about how anything works or happens. "Atomics" is the answer to most technological questions, and the author leaves it at that.Then again, what do I know? Maybe "unreasonable and illogical" is exactly how a bunch of rednecks would behave if they find themselves torn away [...]

    25. Star cruisers. The Federation. Land vehichles that glide along the planets desert surface. A creature that is completely covered in hair and has paws for hands. A device used to bring forth new life on a planet's surface. A teleporter. A visual device used for communication. Star Wars? Star Trek? None of these.All of the above and others that are part of our culture, which I did not mention, come from a book published in 1951. City at World's End. I listened to the audiobook. Which is done by Ma [...]

    26. I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I know I only rated it a 3/5, but on my scale (see below) it is still very much "worth your time." It tells the story of a city thrust forward in time millions of years, and how the citizens deal with their new predicament - alone, on a dying earth.Normally I hate books with a time-travel devices, as continuity almost always has to be sacrificed for plot (except for a comedies like "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" or "Back to the Fu [...]

    27. Though it falls into many familiar sci-fi tropes, Hamilton paints a creative and imaginative story with some interesting characters and plots rife with tension. After finishing this book I felt I enjoyed it but probably wouldn’t be singing it’s praises to anyone anytime soon. This book was written in 50’s and – like so many good sci-fi books – is very much a commentary on society and the times. A super-massive nuclear bomb goes off and causes a tear in the space time continuum; hurling [...]

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