The Man Who Rocked the Earth

Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,799 / 135 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,254
Added to site: 2006.09.05 14388

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ead with an air of importance.

"Take your word for it," answered Hood without emotion, save for a slight annoyance at the other's arrogation of superior information. "'Tain't the first time there's been an earthquake since creation." And he strolled out, swinging to the doors behind him.

The night shift settled himself before the instruments with a look of dreary resignation.

"Say," he muttered aloud, "you couldn't jar that feller with a thirteen-inch bomb! He wouldn't even rub himself!"

Hood, meantime, bought an evening paper and walked slowly to the district where he lived. It was a fine night and there was no particular excitement in the streets. His wife opened the door.

"Well," she greeted him, "I'm glad you've come home at last. I was plumb scared something had happened to you. Such a shaking and rumbling and rattling I never did hear! Did you feel it?"

"I didn't feel nothin'!" answered Bill Hood. "Some one said there was a shock, that was all I heard about it.


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Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1915) Sci-fi
Plot bullets

  • A brilliant scientist invents a fantastic flying drone with destructive powers.

  • His idea is to force the world into peaceful existence, whether they like it or not.

  • The penalty for disobedience is destruction.

  • He provides several demonstrations of what he can do.

  • Some give in, others set out to find or undo him.


What a great book. HARD science fiction from 1915, co-written by a member of the Royal Society, future president of the National Academy of Sciences, discoverer and inventor, recipient of many honors, degrees etc., etc.

Mad scientist styles himself Dictator of Earth and changes the planet's axis with his uranium-fueled atomic disintegrator, for starters!

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