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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.
These lively, varied and thought-provoking science-fiction stories (from the era of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells) are linked by their imposing central character, the pugnaciously adventurous and outrageous Professor Challenger. The Lost World (forebear of Jurassic Park) vividly depicts a perilous region in which the explorers confront creatures from the prehistoric era. The Poison Belt presents an eerie doomsday scenario, while The Disintegration Machine satirically comments on scientific cynicism.
In When the World Screamed, the planet responds violently to an experimental incursion. The strangest item is The Land of Mist, which seeks to reconcile science with spiritualism. This memorable collection provides imaginative entertainment, entrancing escapism and bold provocation.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- I There are Heroisms All Round Us (p. 9)
- II Try your Luck with Professor Challenger (p. 14)
- III He is a Perfectly Impossible Person (p. 21)
- IV It's just the very Biggest Thing in the World (p. 27)
- V Question! (p. 44)
- VI I was the Flail of the Lord (p. 55)
- VII Tomorrow we Disappear into the Unknown (p. 64)
- VIII The Outlying Pickets of the New World (p. 72)
- IX Who could have Foreseen it? (p. 83)
- X The Most Wonderful Things have Happened (p. 106)
- XI For Once I was the Hero (p. 120)
- XII It was Dreadful in the Forest (p. 136)
- XIII A Sight which I shall Never Forget (p. 149)
- XIV Those were the Real Conquests (p. 162)
- XV Our Eyes have Seen Great Wonders (p. 175)
- XVI A Procession! A Procession! (p. 191)