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The Last Days of Earth

Being the Story of the Launching of the ''Red Sphere''

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,703 / 14 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,839
Added to site: 2009.10.09 25516

ration and culmination of the woes and fears of the ages. They saw, as in one long vista, the history of the millions of vanished years--"from earth's nebulous origin to its final ruin;" from its days of four hours to its days of twenty-six and a half; from its germinating specks of primal protoplasm to its last and greatest, and yet most evil creature, Man. They saw, in mental perspective, the uneven periods of human progress; the long stages of advance and retrogression, of failure and success. They saw the whole long struggle between the tendencies of Egoism and Altruism, and knew how these had merged at last into an automatic equilibration of Duty and Desire. They saw the climax of this equilibration, the Millennium of Man--and they knew how the inevitable decay had followed.

They saw how the knowledge of the sureness and nature of life's end had come to Man; slowly at first, and not influencing him much, but gaining ever more and more power as the time grew nearer and sympathy and intellect more f

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.8 from 4 reviews: ****
JoJo Biggins

An interesting plot spin on the End of Earth. However, the end of the story isn't handled well, and it just kind of flops.

Lisa Carr

Thirteen million years in the future, the sun is dying and the Earth is frozen. The last two people on Earth find their dynamos can no longer offset the cold, so they decide to risk taking their antigravity sphere to another star.
The science is midway between Jules Verne's extrapolations of current technology and H.G. Wells' invention of new science. The characters are well-drawn, and the plotting good, in spite of the unbelievable coincidence at the end of the story

Henry L. Ratliff

(1901) Sci-fi / Short story

Plot bullets

  • The last man and woman have been authorized to leave a dying Earth.

  • The Earth is freezing.

  • The Red Sphere is their small spaceship to a hopeful new start. .

Taken from 'The Harmsworth Magazine' Vol. VI, February - July 1901.
You might think this to have been written by Bradbury in the 1950's.
It has his insight and faith for the future of humanity.
It is a love story with the future and technology as background.


Life on Earth is about to end in the cold of a dieing sun. Visionaries prepared two escape capsules over 500 years ago. Is there hope?

This is one of the type of Sci-fi stories that express the idea that Sci-fi is not a frivolous second rate excuse for a more meaningful story. You might tend to grin at the scientific concepts, but they are over 100 years old and thus interesting in of of themselves. But, the Sci-fi aspect is only the catalyst of a love story, brief as it is.



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