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The Coming of the Ice

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Author: Green Peyton (G. Peyton Wertenbaker)
Published: 1961
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,294 / 27 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,182
Added to site: 2008.10.22 22433

Strange men these creatures of the hundredth century...

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e, and Sir John.

"Bravely done!" Sir John was saying, and Alice, too, was saying something, but I cannot remember what. For a long while we talked, I speaking the nonsense of those who are coming out from under ether, they teasing me a little solemnly. But after a little while I became aware of the fact that they were about to leave. Suddenly, God knows why, I knew that they must not leave. Something cried in the back of my head that they must stay--one cannot explain these things, except by after events. I began to press them to remain, but they smiled and said they must get their dinner. I commanded them not to go; but they spoke kindly and said they would be back before long. I think I even wept a little, like a child, but Sir John said something to the nurse, who began to reason with me firmly, and then they were gone, and somehow I was asleep....

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When I awoke again, my head was fairly clear, but there was an abominable reek of ether all about me. The moment I opene

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.7 from 3 reviews: ***

Eternity's not all it's cracked up to be, as the protagonist of this swiftly moving science fiction story discovers. Love, however, probably is...but he'll never, ever know. Engrossing.


A man makes a decision that he lives to regret …for an eternity. Mankind evolves but he remains static. Will the new Ice Age free him from his torment?


Interesting short story about a man who undergoes an operation to make himself immortal at the expense of his emotions.



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