Beyond The Great Oblivion

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Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 78,355 / 228 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,839
Added to site: 2006.03.04 13066

t his heart, fast-beating; and silence fell.

"Come, Allan," said the girl at length, calmer than he. "Let's see what we've got here to do with. Oh, I tell you to begin with," and she smiled up frankly at him, "I'm a tremendously practical sort of woman. You may be an engineer, and know how to build wireless telegraphs and bridges and--and things; but when it comes to home--building--"

"I admit it. Well, lead on," he answered; and together they explored the upper rooms. The sense of intimacy now lay strong upon them, of unity and of indissoluble love and comradeship. This was quite another venture than the exploration of the tower, for now they were choosing a home, their home, and in them the mating instinct had begun to thrill, to burn.

Each room, despite its ruin and decay, took on a special charm, a dignity, the foreshadowing of what must be. Yet intrinsically the place was mournful, even after Stern had let the sunshine in.

For all was dark desolation. The rosewood and mahogany


Average Rating of 3.3 from 3 reviews: ****
Paulo Respighi

The second in a trilogy. If you haven't read the first book, go back and download Darkness and Dawn to get them all.

It's the story of a couple who are alone in a deserted world (New York) after a series of disasters. They woke up after a thousand years.

I quit after the 6th chapter. The couple is really, really, really in love. At least every other page reminds us of this in greeting card sentiments. I had trouble with the whole premise and the language.

Henry L. Ratliff

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

2nd in trilogy Darkness and Dawn

R: * * * * *

Plot bullets

  • Bernice and Allan, continue in book two of the trilogy, to try to make a new world out of the old dead one, after defeating, at least for a time, the horde of primitive beasts.

  • They travel west in the hope of finding intelligent life and an answer.

  • They find at the Great Oblivion, what has happened to the Earth some 10's of thousands of years ago.

  • They find the descendants of past mankind, living underground, but although these people are not near beasts, they have reverted to a simple, non technical life.

  • How can Bernice and Allan try to repopulate the Earth with such people?

  • Is the afterglow of a bright new world, beyond their reach?

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) -


Second in the series, picks up almost directly after the first book leaves off. This time, we learn that the dynamic duo are not the sole survivors of the presumably global catastrophe.

By now, the protagonist has grown to mythological proportions, with nothing impossible at his hands. A contemporary MacGyver if you will, who is starting to develop a touch of megalomania. "The girl" by now is reduced to a one-dimension paperdoll who's sole purpose is a sounding board for the protagonists monologues, and to stare adoringly at him.

Regardless of the distasteful treatment of those matters, if you can overlook that, it is still enjoyable.

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