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The Man Who Rocked the Earth

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The Man Who Rocked the Earth

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Author: Robert W. Wood
Arthur Train
Publisher: Doubleday, 1915
Series: The Man Who Rocked the Earth: Book 1

1. The Man Who Rocked the Earth
2. The Moon Maker

Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Pulp
Mundane SF
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Synopsis

The course of World War One is interrupted by messages from a mysterious Scientist known only as PAX, who is threatening superscientific punishments if the war is not stopped. After some demonstrations, featuring Rays, a flying ship, atomic energy and the slowing of Earth's orbit, which causes vast earthquakes, the nations obey; unfortunately, PAX turns Mad Scientist, but dies before he can turn Europe into an Arctic wilderness.

This novel is notable for describing what an atomic detonation would look like in 1915, thirty years before the United States detonated the first atomic bomb.


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By July 1, 1916, the war had involved every civilized nation upon the globe except the United States of North and of South America, which had up to that time succeeded in maintaining their neutrality. Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Austria Hungary, Lombardy, and Servia, had been devastated. Five million adult male human beings had been exterminated by the machines of war, by disease, and by famine. Ten million had been crippled or invalided. Fifteen million women and children had been rendered widows or orphans. Industry there was none. No crops were harvested or sown. The ocean was devoid of sails. Throughout European Christendom women had taken the place of men as field hands, labourers, mechanics, merchants, and manufacturers. The amalgamated debt of the involved nations, amounting to more than $100,000,000,000, had bankrupted the world. Yet the starving armies continued to slaughter one another.

Copyright © 1915 by Robert W. Wood

Copyright © 1915 by Arthur Train


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