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The Afterglow

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Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,634 / 193 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 6,027
Added to site: 2006.03.04 13065

eal, they beckoned her, and in her stirred the call of motherhood--of life to be. Her heart-strings echoed to that harmony; it seemed already as though a tiny head, downy--soft, was nestling in her bosom, while eager lips quested, quested.

"No, Allan! No!"

Almost fiercely she flung him back and stood up.

"Come!" said she. "Let us start at once. Nothing remains for us to do here. Let us go--home!"

An hour later the Pauillac spiralled far aloft, above the edge of the Abyss, then swept into its eastward tangent, and in swift, droning flight rushed toward the longed-for place of dreams, of rest, of love.

Before them stretched infinities of labor and tremendous struggle; but for a little space they knew they now were free for this, the consummation of their dreams, of all their hopes, their happiness, their joy.



Toward five o'clock next afternoon, from the swooping back of the air-dragon they sighte

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.3 from 3 reviews: ****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1913) Sci-fi (Post Earth disaster / Pulp) / Adventure

3rd in trilogy Darkness and Dawn

R: * * * * *

Plot bullets

  • Bernice and Allan, end the trilogy, in this third book,
    with a huge job before them, after finding and gaining the trust
    of the ancestral survivors of past humanity, at the Great Oblivion..

  • They must take a race of underground dwellers. living in the dark, and teach them to live in the Sun of a new Earth.

  • But, they are still pursued by old antagonists.

  • Will the struggle end in defeat, or will the Last New Yorker's, after overcomming the Great Oblivion, bask in the afterglow of victory for themselves and mankind's future?

England's trilogy published as - The Vacant World and Darkness and Dawn

Complete trilogy: Darkness and Dawn (1912) -

First book: The last New Yorkers (1912) -

Second book:Beyond the Great Oblivion (1913) -

Third book: Afterglow (1913) -


Third, and thankfully, last in the series. Significantly less enjoyable than the earlier two. Our hero is now approaching self-deification, while his "girl" simply tells him "without you, none of this would be possible". Of course, being the last "civilized" people on earth, that would be true in any event.

If this was not the conclusion to the series, I would have stopped reading at least half-way through, but I really (really) wanted to see how it all ended, and had to grit my teeth for this one.


More survival-and-scavenging adventure. It definitely gets weirder in this title, and more xenophobic.



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