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When Worlds Collide (1933) by Philip Wylie & Edwin Balmer Earth is destroyed in a collision with the rogue planet Bronson Alpha, with about a year of warning enabling a small group of survivors to build a spacecraft and escape to the rogue planet's moon, Bronson Beta. Filmed, with major changes to the story, as When Worlds Collide (1951). After Worlds Collide (1934) byWhen Worlds Collide (1933) by Philip Wylie & Edwin Balmer Earth is destroyed in a collision with the rogue planet Bronson Alpha, with about a year of warning enabling a small group of survivors to build a spacecraft and escape to the rogue planet's moon, Bronson Beta. Filmed, with major changes to the story, as When Worlds Collide (1951). After Worlds Collide (1934) by Philip Wylie & Edwin Balmer Continues the story of When Worlds Collide, with both exploration of Bronson Beta and conflict with other groups of survivors....

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  • Sandy
    2019-04-28 16:00

    At the conclusion of Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer's classic sci-fi novel "When Worlds Collide" (1933), the Earth is spectacularly destroyed in a collision with the rogue planet that had been dubbed Bronson Alpha. Only 103 people, it would seem, managed to get off our world safely, aboard American scientist Cole Hendron's rocket ship, and land on the rogue planet's sister world, Bronson Beta. It is a marvelous cliffhanger of an ending, leaving the reader wondering just what might have happened to Hendron's other, larger rocket ship, carrying around 400 more prospective colonists; whether any other ships from other countries managed to get away safely; how the 103 are possibly going to survive on this long-frozen, now-thawing world; and, most intriguingly, whether the million-year-old relics scattered about could possibly indicate an ancient civilization...and perhaps alien survivors. Fortunately, for all readers, those answers were forthcoming, in the authors' follow-up sequel, "After Worlds Collide."The first novel had originally appeared as a six-part serial in the 9/32 – 2/33 issues of the hugely popular, 15-cent "Blue Book Magazine," and nine months later, the sequel also made its debut there as a six-part serial, in the 11/33 – 4/34 issues, with its first appearance in book form the following year. Unlike the first novel, "After Worlds Collide" was fortunate enough to cop the cover illustration for one of its segments, in the December '33 issue. (The covers of those other five depicted now entirely forgotten tales of Foreign Legion, mid-ocean, Yukon, Arabian and Coast Guard adventure.)"After Worlds Collide" picks up immediately following the events of the first book. All the characters we’d encountered earlier--Hendron; his scientist daughter, Eve; Eve's hopeful fiancé, Tony Drake; blustering French physicist Duquesne; British poet and ship's diarist Eliot James--are back, and wondering just what to do first to get themselves settled on this barren new world. It is difficult to encapsulate the plot of this sequel without giving away any of the book's numerous surprises, so let's just say that before long, Hendron & Company discover that Bronson Beta contains the perfectly preserved remains of five ancient cities, protected inside their hemispherical bubble domes against the absolute-zero cold of the planet's aeons-long journey across interstellar space. But the 103 survivors are soon alarmed by the appearance of one of the cities' lark-shaped flying vehicles winging over their encampment. Someone else, it would seem, is currently residing on Bronson Beta! Is it possible that Hendron's other ship, or some other craft from another nation, had also made the transit successfully? Or--an even more incredible thought--could some of the original inhabitants of the long-dead world possibly still be alive, after a million or so years?If there were one word that would describe the totality of "When Worlds Collide" in a nutshell, that word would be "spectacle." The original novel dishes out one spectacular set piece after another, be it earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, the destruction of the moon or, ultimately, the pulverization of Earth itself. "After Worlds Collide" could not possibly hope to equal such spectacles, but does amply contain one quality that was much esteemed in all Golden Age sci-fi; namely, a sense of wonder. That sense of wonder is surely never greater than when Tony and Eliot manage to enter one of the five domed cities and explore the manifold marvels therein. The original book's central suspense was of course tied in with whether or not Hendron's people would make it off the Earth in time, and survive their journey through space. In the sequel, the suspense quotient is equally high, as our survivors contend with all the unknown elements of their new home world."After Worlds Collide" is indeed an almost perfect and seamless sequel, one that feels more like a Part 2 of a single, longish work. (Perhaps some enterprising publisher will see fit to release both parts in one volume in the near future.) As was the case in the first book, the sequel is pleasingly written, with a range of literary references (the Bible, the Pyramid Texts, Omar Khayyam, Shakespearean sonnets) that might surprise some readers. Regarding some of those Biblical references, it is amusing to discover that Hendron soon comes to think of himself as a latter-day Moses, leading his flock to the Promised Land; thus, the foes that the survivors eventually battle (I'm trying to be coy here) are given the nickname "Midianites"! Again, I really don't want to ruin any surprises for prospective readers, and "After Worlds Collide" does surely contain any number of such. (I love the one concerning Tony's obsequious Japanese manservant, Kyto.) Describing many of the book's outstanding set pieces would entail leaking spoilers, but I can say that one such exciting sequence comes early on, and features the fragments of our old Moon descending on Bronson Beta in one monstrous meteor storm, making for a very tough first day on their new world for Hendron and Company!Good as it is, "After Worlds Collide" does come freighted with some minor problems. As was the case in the first book, some moments will surely strike the modern reader as dated; for example, the inclusion of the lyrics of the 1905 (!) hit song "So Long, Mary," and the one-time compliment "[he] is one of the whitest men I know." (Ouch!) The authors are also guilty of some unfortunate word choices, such as when they describe the colonists' personal belongings as a "melee of dunnage." (I believe they were probably going for a "mélange of dunnage," but who knows?) Dinitrophenol is spoken of as a kind of stimulating restorative after Hendron's people are knocked unconscious in a gas attack, but as far as I can determine, that chemical compound is used primarily as a pesticide! Wylie & Balmer also get some of their Bronson Beta geography mixed up here, first saying that the domed city of Danot is south of Hendron's people, and later implying that it is north. (It always bugs me when an author can't keep his/her details straight.)But perhaps the most egregious fault of this sequel is that it draws to its conclusion way too abruptly. How wonderful it would have been had the authors continued on with their fascinating premise in a third, maybe even fourth or fifth book! As the sequel ends, Bronson Beta is about to approach Mars in its new elliptical orbit around the sun, before swinging back toward Venus. It would have been interesting to see how the colonists managed to cope with their new subfreezing and, later, roasting environments, when they occasionally emerged from their conveniently provided protective metropolises. Too, the entire question of the new morality that Book 1 suggested might have to be established on Bronson Beta (along with the abolition of the traditional institution of marriage) is left hanging in the air. (I am very curious now to read Wylie's 1951 fantasy "The Disappearance," in which all the women on Earth suddenly vanish, to discover his thoughts regarding the separation of the sexes and the dissolution of marriage completely!)I suppose, though, that a novel can be guilty of worse things than leaving its readers wanting still more. The bottom line is that "After Worlds Collide" is a near perfect sequel, but one that is in need of two or three sequels itself. Still, you will be breathlessly flipping those pages; of that I’m pretty sure....(By the way, this review originally appeared on the FanLit website at ... a most excellent destination for all fans of Golden Age sci-fi....)

  • Bill
    2019-05-20 21:55

    After Worlds Collide seems almost an afterthought compared to When Worlds Collide. It is not nearly as compelling a novel and may have made a better movie to sequel the WWC movie than a novel. The story involves more politics and conflict than the science of surviving on a new planet by a small group of barely prepared humans from the USA. Other nation's groups that made it caused the conflict. Of course post-apocalyptic survival has been the subject of a legion of SF novels since. I would have liked to know was a couple of 1930s authors thought about how to do it.

  • Amy Sturgis
    2019-05-21 21:50

    I would give this 3.5 stars if I could.This is a worthy successor to After Worlds Collide. One of the U.S. spaceships has escaped the destruction of earth and landed successfully on the rogue planet of Bronson Beta. But what happened to the other U.S. craft, and to those ships that attempted the same voyage from other countries on Earth? This novel follows the exploration of Bronson Beta by the new "colonists," the discovery of the remains of its past civilization, and the struggles of the community as they make the mental shift from short-term escape to long-term survival. Aspects of this novel don't flow smoothly as they did in When Worlds Collide. There's a stronger focus on allegory with the world's religions (allusions to Biblical thought and ancient Egyptian belief, for example) that at times seems forced and falls flat. In addition, the novel has issues with pacing. The conclusion feels quite rushed and unsatisfying compared to the slow and effective build up to it.That said, this novel delivers very well in other areas. The authors show how the political and ideological conflicts of Earth are transplanted to Bronson Beta. It seems quite ridiculous that one German-Russian-Japanese collectivist group seems so bent on domination, enslaving the British refugees and making war on the American communities (which include French, English, South Africans, and "free" Germans and Japanese, as well). The reader is tempted to point out that the humans have an entire world to themselves, after all. Isn't it large enough for all of them to have their own homes and coexist in peace? Wouldn't it make more sense for them to focus on surviving the various challenges nature provides and making life better for their offspring rather than fighting each other? But of course, that's the entire point. Much of the novel is less about life on Bronson Beta than life on Earth. I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed When Worlds Collide.

  • Scott Rhee
    2019-05-18 19:45

    Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer’s 1932 science fiction novel “When Worlds Collide” left its handful of survivors from Earth on a new planet, just waiting to be exploited colonized. It was inevitable that a sequel would follow. “After Worlds Collide” was published in 1934, originally appearing as a six-part serial in Blue Book magazine.The first book was an exciting adventure fantasy that was, considering the time it was written, fairly decent in its attempt at scientific verisimilitude. It was, in fact, a fairly believable “what if” scenario of a rogue planet on a collision course toward Earth and what would result from such an event, both in terms of the scientific effects (tidal waves, drastic climate changes, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.) and the socio-political effects (economic collapse, mass panic, riots, religious revivals, etc.).Certainly, elements of the book were disturbing. The fact that all of the survivors (with one notable exception) were white, Caucasian, and hand-picked based on intelligence and scientific knowledge is, of course, at the very least, awkward by today’s standards and, at the most, racist.It would, perhaps, be accurate to call the sequel even more “racist”, although it may also be somewhat unfair. The plot of “After Worlds Collide” deals with the problems humanity would face on an Earth-like world, given a small (several hundred) group of humans set on repopulating their species. Added to this situation is the fact that an extinct ancient alien civilization once existed on the planet, leaving fully intact cities and technologies that are far beyond the comprehension of human knowledge. They were, however, evidently left behind for subsequent alien species, like humans, to use for their own benefit, assuming they were smart enough to figure out how to use them.Conflict arises when it is discovered that, prior to the destruction of Earth, another space ship---comprised of an international mix of German, Japanese, and Russian communists---landed ahead of the American space ship and has set up a communist paradise. These commie bastards are, of course, bent on planetary domination, and the existence of the American colonists puts a serious crimp in their plans. So, of course, war.Contemporary critics who cry foul about the nationalistic, anti-communistic rhetoric within the novel are completely justified in their complaints. The nationalistic jingoism is, even by today’s standards, pretty ridiculous, although readers need to remind themselves that the book was published during a time of ridiculous nationalistic extremism in European countries as well as the United States. It was only a short seven years before the U.S. would join the fighting during World War II.The anti-communism in the novel is interesting, considering the popularity of communism during the 1930s. Stalin’s Russia would, during the war, become close allies with the U.S., but news of atrocities committed by the Stalinist regime were gradually coming to light at the time of the novel’s publication. Nearly two decades later, of course, the United States would be in the throes of a virulent anti-communist foreign policy, one which continues even today.Tied into the anti-communist rhetoric of the novel, however, is a simplistic black-white worldview which lumps the socialist-communist foreigners into one big Axis of Evil, a nationalistic tendency that the U.S. has yet to discard. To many contemporary critics, of course, this has the appearance of racism, and, in some cases, it probably is. Not always, though, and while the purveyors of political correctness may take umbrage against this point, it is important to make a distinction between nationalism and racism.The book’s only “friendly” non-white is a Japanese character named Kyto, who is, at the start of the first book, a servant of the book’s main protagonist, Tony Drake. In the second book, it is discovered that Kyto was a Japanese spy all along, but he has had a crisis of conscience: he enjoys the carefree life of leisure that Americans possess, and he no longer wants to destroy it. Granted, the rogue planet succeeded in doing that anyway, so he really had nothing to lose by admitting this. Then again, he also had nothing to gain, since his own country was also destroyed.Kyto’s portrayal is, in my opinion, less a racist caricature than it is a nationalistic one. His Japanese-ness, for lack of a better word, is both his downfall and saving grace. Kyto is, by nature of his race, the Other within the novel. He is permanently set apart because of his race, but he is never looked down upon because of it. On the contrary, the American survivors love him because he is seemingly loyal and devoted to his master, Tony. When it is discovered that Kyto was a spy, albeit an apologetic one, the reaction is quite unexpected. There is no question of Kyto’s disloyalty. He is forgiven, as he has proven himself to be a man of virtue. In this case, virtue or vice is not a condition of his race. In other words, Kyto’s being Japanese is not inherently inferior. His former allegiance to an evil government, however, is. That Kyto rebukes his former existence as a spy is what saves him. His Asiatic race is irrelevant.Of course, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if a black character was introduced to the story. Unfortunately, an obvious lack of any black characters in the story is telling in itself. Especially considering that the survivors are hand-picked based on intelligence. To be fair, the authors do, at one point, bring up the unfairness of the selection process. It is interesting to note that one character, a woman named Marian, stows away on the space ship. She is humorously branded a “moron” several times in the book, due to her inferior intelligence. (To a contemporary reader, this may seem pretty funny, but “moron” was actually a scientific term for a person of sub-par intelligence, in the same way that “idiot savant” and “mentally retarded” have been used to describe persons of lower-IQ.) Ironically, Marian manages to do something extremely heroic in the end. Score one for the moron! I’m still not convinced that Wylie and Balmer were complete racists. Partial racists, maybe, but their views were probably no different than a vast majority of the American reading public at the time.One thing that struck me, though, in the book as a defense of Wylie/Balmer’s subtle social consciousness is the reference to the ancient alien civilization. If speciesism is an extended form of racism, then Wylie/Balmer exhibited a pretty advanced anti-speciesist argument in creating a technologically superior ancient race of beings that foresaw their own extinction and took steps to leave their mark not in any selfish “We were here” display of grandeur but as a way to assist and prolong the lives of any other race of beings that were to follow them. That’s actually pretty impressive, if you think about it.

  • Meg McGregor
    2019-05-08 21:44

    Wonderfully suspenseful, filled with imaginative and descriptive imagery, and a plot that never stops twisting, this book will definitely hold your interest.I also really enjoyed how the enemy in the story was vanquished! With all those mentally, physically, psychologically and scientifically selected men and women for the voyage, it was an ordinary woman who was the one who literally "cut the head off the snake". I won't say anymore but I thought of what my Mom always said. "Never send a man to do a woman's job!" LOL I wish I could live on Bronson Beta!!!

  • Emma
    2019-05-11 16:53

    I liked this one more than the first. More suspense and sense of the unknown once they reached the new planet. The ending felt a bit rushed and abridged.

  • Al
    2019-04-24 20:35

    I have the 1973 edition with the Zagorski cover (kinda hokey). Earth's survivors land on the lesser rogue planet that was the companion of the one that smashed into Terra. They immediately set about the task of survival, but discover that they aren't alone. I won't spoil the surprise. After that, it's one thing after another until the end of the story.I had one complaint and that's the pontific speeches given by two of the "leaders" of the group. Long-winded and full of male bovine solid excrement. But then, this was written in 1933, so that may have been the norm for that time.I haven't read the first book since several decades ago (the 50's or 60's?), but I remember when I read this one that it was heads and tails above the first for the young man that I was. I picked it up again last month and there are things in there I don't remember at all. After 50 or so years, that's understandable. And one thing I "remembered" isn't there.In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it again (except for the speeches).

  • Rafeeq O.
    2019-05-10 22:36

    Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer's 1933 After Worlds Collide is a tolerable 2.5- to 3-star sequel to the equally 1930s-ish When Worlds Collide. On the one hand, the grand, foreboding doom of the first novel is lost, for...well, Earth already got ka-blooied by the direct impact of Bronson Alpha, the wandering gas giant that had been torn loose from its own sun millions of years previously by the close approach of another star. On the other hand, now that the hundred-odd survivors aboard the Space Ark under the command of the impossibly skilled and iron-willed physicist Cole Hendron and handsome young Harvard grad, businessman, and general man-about-town Tony Drake, have reached Bronson Beta, the habitable terrestrial companion of Bronson Alpha, it is time for more traditional pulp-fiction adventures.There are plenty of technical problems to take care of, along with sense-of-wonder matters of planetary exploration. The air is fine, of course--sure would have been a short book if it hadn't been--and the renewed growth of once-frozen native plants gives the botanist samples to catalog, and to analyze for edibility and nutritional value as well. The colonists find an ancient road of the long-dead former inhabitants, smooth untarnished metal and with curves banked for very high-speed travel, with a signpost of elegant but unreadable characters, plus a single wrecked vehicle from which the savants of course can learn much. After using some of the smaller atomic tubes of the Space Ark as propulsion for a newly constructed rocket-plane, the explorers find huge domed cities left by the long-extinct Other People...who, it turns out, looked almost exactly like humans of Earth, although, despite several mentions of evolution, no one discusses how this might happen. The cities are mysterious and automated, strange and beautiful to the human eye, yet with rooms that can be identified as restaurants and department stores and-- Well, such are the 1930s.At least some of the unquestionables of the previous book now are questioned, however. Tony finds himself bemused now, for example, at the surety with which Hendron in putting together his select group of survivors decided Who Would Die And Who Would Live. And Tony's former servant, the Japanese Kyto, who on Earth had been appropriately inscrutable and possessed of mildly comic fractured English, turns out to be a learned professor who spoke unaccented English from boyhood--the latter due to missionaries, of course.One thing we never really explore, though, is the question of leadership. Why, until Hendron's death, is every decision left to him? Yes, he came up with the idea to emigrate, and he spearheaded the effort to build the Space Ark--oh, and to harness atomic energy, by the way--and of course he also is surrounded by experts in other areas of science. Yet there is no hint that he has a special council to help him, and every decision is his, as if he were not only Eve's father but everyone's. And, as befits Wylie and Balmer's very broad-brush and dated narrative style, the rest simply cheer. Most likely this is not uncommon for the period of writing, however.In addition, underlying the whole endeavor--mentioned repeatedly, but unable to be discussed and explored in the 1930s in the way that, say, Robert A. Heinlein can from the 1960s through the '80s--is the question of sex. Since very early on in the first book we have seen that although Tony is in love with Hendron's daughter, Eve, marriage at first is forbidden, because continuing the human species on the new planet will require some non-monogamous breeding of, ahem, the most forthright and yet noble and scientifically ordained variety. Now, this is quite a thing, and we are told that since numbers of male and female through accident ended up being unequal, there could be polyandry or polygamy. Yet Wylie and Balmer will not settle on exactly the great minds must decide; the closest we get is when Tony and Eve at last marry near the end of the book, and there is the notion that he still might have to be loaned to Shirley Cotton, a particularly languorous and voluptuous crew member, for breeding purposes. Tough break, old chap, but survival of the human species requires great sacrifice, eh? We never hear, however, of whether any other couples even hold hands and pine for marriage--such things appear to be controlled by the Will Of Hendron rather by any individual impulses.Finally, in addition to the occasional accident and disease and the climate made alternately frigid or scorching by the planet's now-eccentric orbit, there also exists the deadly danger of another band of survivor-types that escaped Earth: a weird group of Germans, Russians, and Japanese who are..well, basically, some sorta Commies, and particularly virulent ones. (Maybe, though, this actually is little less improbable than the alliance of white-supremacist Germany with Japan just half a dozen years later on our own real-world timeline, hmm?) In any event, these oppressors are particularly keen on capturing the women of the Space Ark for breeding or closely allied purposes, and they begin with the technological upper hand of months' work at deciphering the science of the Other People, so things look dire, but-- Well, suffice it to say that right will prevail.After Worlds Collide may not be a book that a reader not already interested in the history of science fiction would pick up, let alone continue reading after a few pages, but anyone who has made it through the more famous When Worlds Collide indeed will find the sequel of interest.

  • Joseph Carrabis
    2019-05-19 20:05

    This is a must after you've read "When Worlds Collide". Ideally, read this about a year after you finished "When Worlds Collide" so that you'll have time for that novel to settle in your mind and create a place for itself.

  • Tom Rowe
    2019-05-03 18:38

    Wow! What an incredibly racist book. Also very repetitious. The ending seemed to be more summary. Read When Worlds Collide, but you can skip this sequel. It mostly consists of endless repetition of the same questions.

  • David
    2019-05-11 19:01

    Terrific sequel to When Worlds Collide, which left some plot threads unresolved. What happened to the other ships fleeing Earth? What awaits our heroes now? The sense of exploration and wonder is thick, interrupted by...well I'll say no more, only that I wish they had written further sequels to tell us more of this mysterious planet and its erstwhile inhabitants. Leave 'em wanting more I guess.

  • Reviewer from Terra
    2019-05-15 19:35

    So so sequelWhere the first book was exciting what with humanity facing an uncertain future with the Bronson planet's coming to destroy us, the sequel is kind of ho hum. A bit mundane since Bronson beta was inhabited at one time, that race choosing to die, but leaving enough behind good the terran castaways. A bit too pat for this reader.

  • Spencer Hoadley
    2019-04-22 23:46

    The first book (when worlds collide) was a great read, and kept me intrigued throughout the book. This book was, in my opinion, a step up from the first in the series. Extremely well written, imaginative, and captivating story.

  • Joe Wolf
    2019-05-10 22:01

    I first read this as a tween in the early 1970s and didn't give too much thought to the political story arc. Re-reading it recently I get the pushback but given when it was written, the details aren't surprising.Would be interesting to see how a good film adaptation would address that detail.

  • Darlene Wise
    2019-05-16 20:50

    Sequel was almost as good as the first

  • Cliff Deane
    2019-04-25 19:43

    I thought this was one of the books ever. 1950's syfy, but it is really good, but read "When World's Collide". Mankind at his finest, and his worst.

  • Brian
    2019-05-04 16:47

    Perhaps because this novel originally appeared as a magazine serial, it is more of a page-turner than its predecessor. Then, too, cliffhangers were harder to come by in a book that assured us of the end of the world practically from page one. Here, the story is all about the survivors of Earth trying to make a new planet their home.That planet is Bronson Beta, once the Earth-sized moon of Bronson Alpha. Bronson Alpha, if you recall, was a planet about the size of Neptune that smashed into Earth, utterly destroying it. The collision nudged Bronson Beta out of its orbit, but it was captured by the Sun in an elliptical orbit that, according to the best calculations, would take it nearly as far out in space as Mars and nearly as close to the sun as Venus. That means very cold winters and scorching summers. When the little band from Earth lands, Beta is on its way out.But the coming cold isn't their only worry. For one thing, their leader, Dr. Hendron, is showing the strain of his frenzied work to save at least a small portion of humanity. For another, Bronson Beta was previously inhabited, and its domed cities -- still powered by some unknown energy -- hint at the possibility of surviving natives, who might not take to human interlopers. Most worrisome of all, though, is that theirs was not the only ship from Earth to make it to Bronson Beta. At least one other made it, filled with "Asiatics" mostly (Russians and Japanese), with a few Germans thrown in for good measure, whose intent is to make Bronson Beta their own.It's hard to top Armageddon. But the really interesting thing about this sequel is that Wylie and Balmer don't have to. When Worlds Collide focused so closely on the destructiveness of nature that they were left with an ideal "out" for this book: the destructiveness of mankind. As ludicrous as is the idea of a few hundred people on the surface of a planet the size of Earth making war on each other, it is, sadly, quite believable and, given the circumstances, all but inevitable. The circumstances being, that never will a better opportunity arise for world domination.Like the first book, the authors mix their themes very well. Rebuilding, exploration and discovery, conflict, and romance -- there's always something going on. I could quibble. I could say the Bronson Betans aren't as "alien" as they should have been; that the exploration of their cities isn't nearly as intriguing as, for example, the exploration of the alien ship in Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama. But that's what it would be -- quibbling. Clarke, after all, had an entire book to talk about one thing; for Wylie and Balmer, it's but one piece of a much larger puzzle.It's a fun adventure and an exciting story and, if it has a flaw, it is that it isn't, in the end, also a little scary. Without spoiling anything (I hope), let me just say that if you aren't afraid to wipe Earth out of the cosmos in one book, you shouldn't be afraid to make your characters work a little harder to make a home of their new planet.This is a great companion for When Worlds Collide, with all the characters from the first book and even some of the jealousies: Tony, for instance, still wrestles with Eve's feelings for the rugged and handsome David Ransdall. It also features a few new additions to the cast, far and away the best of whom is Marian Jackson, about whom it is said, "The girl might be mentally a moron; but morons...had their points." Indeed they do. Hers is a small role, but one of critical importance, and the story always livens up when she's present.

  • Jim Dooley
    2019-04-22 22:38

    You know those times when you are having a conversation with someone and you feel the need to quote from a classic work of literature such as THE ODYSSEY or PARADISE LOST? Or perhaps you are sitting under the stars with your romantic companion and your conversation turns to which of Shakespeare’s sonnets contained a certain line?You don’t? Well, if not, you may have some difficulty identifying with much of the dialogue that vacillates between 1930’s colloquialism and such lofty references.Should this stop you from reading this book? It probably won’t. After all, it is the sequel to WHEN WORLDS COLLILDE, and that was such a bigger-than-life adventure that you’ll likely want to know what happened to the colonists who are, quite literally, on their way to a brave new world. This book does continue the adventure and provides a resolution.For me, the strongest draw was the possible presence of an other-worldly civilization. If you are a fan of the classic science-fiction film, FORBIDDEN PLANET, and were especially intrigued to learn more about the Krell, this book does a very nice job of surrounding the reader with alien artifacts (including “abandoned” cities) and teasing with hints of what may be occurring. Whenever the colonists set off to learn more about the culture that had been there before them, the story completely engaged me.There are two main drawbacks to the tale. Foremost among them is the one-dimensional portrayal of “the Russians and the Asiatics.” They are such stereotypical conquerors who were often encountered in adventure literature of the period. Of course, the fact that they have just escaped the destruction of their home world and are now colonists on a new one hasn’t changed their “front and center” ideologies one bit…and I found that very difficult to believe.The second drawback is the extremely abrupt ending of the story. A situation is set-up that could take half of a book to resolve in the hands of other writers, but it is resolved here in the course of one chapter…and mostly “off stage” at that. It isn’t unsatisfying, but it did feel as if the writers were in a hurry to wrap things up and move on to something else.Was there ever an intent to continue the story of the colonists? I don’t know. The story is resolved, although the situation definitely lends itself to further narratives. It “feels” as if there should be more to come.If you have read and enjoyed WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, it is worth a look.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-17 22:52

    I actually enjoyed this book more than When Worlds Collide. The struggles humans face on the new planet are interesting.

  • Joe Stamber
    2019-04-30 23:36

    Follows on directly from When Worlds Collide with around 100 refugees from Earth arriving on the baby brother/sister of the planet that destroyed their former home. After Worlds Collide is, of course, quite dated - although there are some ideas that show great imaginary vision on Wylie's part. As with many books (especially of the Sci-fi genre) written before the PC brigade stomped down on such things, elements of the story are quite sexist or racist. Unusually for a novel of this time, the weaker sex (tongue firmly in cheek) are given important roles in the tale. Characters of the female sex are also given some important roles...In keeping with historical Sci-Fi tradition, the baddies are from the eastern end of Europe or further beyond. Some reviewers may call it racist, but having read a few older novels I find it amusingly quaint.I do think that books such as the "Collide Series", for want of a better expression, are an important part of the Sci-Fi heritage and salute their authors for their vision and accept their lack of political correctness as part of the package. Many contemporary authors have been influenced by their less enlightened predecessors and that should be remembered.However, like When Worlds Collide, After Worlds Collide is a somewhat wordy but well written Sci-Fi novel that is readable in its own right as well as being a fascinating curiosity. Potential reader should keep its age in mind and enjoy.As a postscript, I'd like to add that my copy of this paperback was last seen on a sunbed on the beach in Cancun, Mexico where it had been left as a territory marker by my wife before a tropical storm arrived. At least I'd read it by then, otherwise I may have been a little annoyed...

  • Roddy Williams
    2019-04-30 17:49

    You will recall that our heroes left Earth in ‘When Worlds Collide’ and landed on a brand new planet which has managed to move itself into (more or less) Earth orbit following the destruction of Earth and the Moon by a wandering rogue gas giant.This novel follows what happens next and jolly interesting and exciting it is too (as Lady Cynthia would say).Professor Hendron, the brilliant, if wildly verbose, scientist who masterminded the flight to Bronson Beta has been exhausted by the stress of leadership but attempts to continue.The colonists (composed almost entirely of White American good breeding stock) begin to set up a colony and sow crops. For a while their worries are minor, the worst of which being that one of the ladies became hysterical because she couldn’t have olives with her lunch.Some of the team discover a vast domed alien city, and shortly afterward their camp is attacked. It does not take them long to discover that their enemy is not the long-dead humanoid race who once inhabited the planet, but evil Communists from Russia, Japan and Germany who had a ship of their own and also reached Bronson Beta.Battle is of course joined for the future of Man. Will he succumb to the rule of the power-hungry godless Communists, or will Democracy prevail?As a novel it’s still eminently readable, with a marvellous page-turning quality aided and abetted by chapter-end cliffhangers.One really has to put the rather non-politically-correct elements in the context of an America in 1934 in the middle of a depression. There are few US movies of the time which did not feature an exclusively white cast with maybe some comedy foreigners in cameo roles.

  • Sharon Powers
    2019-04-26 15:51

    After reading the first book of the trilogy, When Worlds Collide, I just had to read the sequel: After Worlds Collide. I loved the first book so much and I wanted to find out what happened to the people I had learned to care so much about.We left off at the end of the first book with the survivors having landed on their new home planet of Bronson-Beta. We take up their story as they begin to explore the new world around them. Tentatively, at first, but then with enthusiasm. We soon find out that other spaceships have arrived from Earth (and landed at other locations) in their own Arks. Not all is well, though, as the survivors suspect a threat from the others. After an attack and then a narrow escape from captivity, they make their way to a domed city, only to discover that has brought problems of its own.As the nights become colder and they lose their power to keep warm and to have light, they are pushed to go forward with a risky plan. One, they have no idea which, will plumet them into captivity and slavery, or one that will end in death. Only a slim chance of freedom and survival keeps them going.I absolutely loved this story and can hardly wait to read book three. I know this is an old series of books. But I don't limit myself to only reading one genre, or one era of books. Reading books from different decades (or centuries), can be very enlightening. It is certainly so in the case of this series of books. I will certainly check in, again, after I read book three. Thank you for reading my review.

  • Simon Ford
    2019-05-08 15:41

    Not sure.This tale had sexism in spades, racism in bucketfuls and elitsm in even more buckets.I remember the film W.W.C from way back and thought it cool at the time and a typical Hollywood affair where the americans prevail and save us all, in this case the species of man.I was blissfully unaware of a sequel/follow up story and almost wish I hadn't found it.It again, to me, was a bit preachy with the religious tone and bible quotes. I know this was written in the early thirties and some of the ideas are no more far fetched than other authors of that era but I for one can well do without a lot of gOD poking his nose into some apocalyptic story about mans fight for survival on a new world that just happens to have everything that the refugees of Terra need to survive, even the beds are turned down for them. OF ITS TIME. The women are mostly serving wenches and men are men, no mention of sex except in a roundabout fashion. Survivors of bad breeding start a war of sorts against our heroes and want to set themselves as supreme rulers of this empty planet.The ending was rather weak and contrived, a quick & easy way for the authors to wrap up the tale as though they too had got bored with the telling. A character that was described as a moron and basically a stowaway had more brains and balls than the lot of the smug intelligentsia that were sitting on their hands wondering how to combat their hostile foes.

  • Thom
    2019-05-08 20:44

    Also short, this novel is more nationalism than science fiction, though it did correctly line up the future opponents of the USA.The first part here echoes and continues the previous story - landing on the new planet, setting up camp, exploring, finding lush farmland and remnants of a former civilization. Then a plane flies overhead, and the novel kicks off in a different direction.Russian, Japan and Germany banded together to build a separate ark, and from the moment they landed, they started investigating the former civilization. Everything is learned to further exploitation, leading to outright conflict later in the story. The American team slowly investigates a domed city (did Rendezvous with Rama draw from this?) and starts to learn things, though way behind the bad guys.This conflict wraps up quickly in the last two chapters, one of which is titled "Justice Tips the Scales". While the people are united, the story isn't really settled, leaving room for a future sequel.One review I read indicated this story was published in serial form. A burst of nationalism seems to have affected the prose after a few issues, and the resulting novel suffers for it. A sequel was finally published in 2011, and I will tackle that eventually.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2019-05-17 22:50

    At the conclusion of Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer’s classic sci-fi novel When Worlds Collide (1933), the Earth is spectacularly destroyed in a collision with the rogue planet that had been dubbed Bronson Alpha. Only 103 people, it would seem, managed to get off our world safely, aboard American scientist Cole Hendron’s rocket ship, and land on the rogue planet’s sister world, Bronson Beta. It is a marvelous cliffhanger of an ending, leaving the reader wondering just what might have happened to Hendron’s other, larger rocket ship, carrying around 400 more prospective colonists; whether any other ships from other countries managed to get away safely; how the 103 are possibly going to survive on this long-frozen, now-thawing world; and, most intriguingly, whether the million-year-old relics scattered about could possibly indicate an ancient civilization … and perhaps alien survivors. Fortunately, for all readers, those answers were forthcoming, in the authors’ follow-up sequel, After Worlds Collide. more at FANTASY LITERATURE, 3.5 stars from Sandy

  • Julie
    2019-04-28 21:52

    An engaging story that got off to a slow start for me. I found the characters and their reasoning a bit arrogant and long-winded at first, though I've come to conclude that this was to be expected given the era in which the book was written. I also read this book without having first read "When Worlds Collide" so I feel that I probably missed out on some important character-building information. In reading this science fiction of the past it's interesting to note how much our society's attitude towards and knowledge of technology has changed over a relatively short period of time. In the end I enjoyed the story despite the character issues, and the writing style did grow on me. I found myself with more questions than answers (as the characters did frequently) and I would like there to have been a further sequel. I want to know what happened to them after the other faction was defeated, how their society evolved, what further wonders and challenges they faced.

  • Lemar
    2019-05-01 18:53

    Satisfying sequel to the excellent When Worlds Collide. One of the fascinating aspects of speculative fiction is that it largely immune to becoming dated. The intellects of Wylie and Balmer are engaged in the pursuit of what it might be like for humans to survive and begin to forge a civilization on a new planet. Insight into human behavior is needed for this task and it could have come at any period from great authors. Will humans continue to fracture, divide and fight wars of domination or can we all get along here on this new planet? What might an advanced civilization have left behind in their own quest for survival of a cataclysmic event? Interesting question that are pursued in this well written, tightly paced novel.

  • Jeff
    2019-04-22 21:47

    This is the sequel to the classic science fiction book "When Worlds Collide". Much like its prequel, the book is a bit dated and has some naive notions on science (atomic energy, in particular) and social interactions (characters are from the 1930's). The story starts out well. However, about halfway through the book it is as if the authors became bored and just wanted to finish. Shortcuts are made in the plot line. Conclusions are reached via hand waves. All in all, it is not a very satisfying finish to an otherwise interesting plot line.I give the book 2 stars as it does conclude the story started in "When Worlds Collide". However, the plot is not up to the standards set by the first book.

  • John Gillespie
    2019-04-24 23:02

    It's sometimes difficult to judge science fiction that is as old as this (it was written in the early 30s). Like in Brave New World, the gender roles seem laughably archaic. It's enlightening to see what writers assumed would change and what would remain despite the passage of time (i.e. men will always feel justified in literally or figuratively patting women on the head or the behind). Apparently no one will ever be more heroic than white American men although British men come in 2nd place. The French, Russians, Germans, and Japanese apparently will never be our match. Despite the bigotry, I still found this and its predecessor, When Worlds Collide, worth the time it took to listen to the audiobook, especially since the news has been full of the adventures of Curiosity on Mars!

  • David
    2019-04-23 19:49

    This sequel to the 1932 book, When Worlds Collide, was written in 1934. Two things struck me in reading the book, first, the folks who traveled to Bronson Beta were really, really lucky to have everything they needed on the new planet. This very predictable literary convenience can be partly forgiven due to the early writing of the novel. The second interesting aspect to the book is the group of individuals who represent a mortal enemy to the survivors of Earth. Still, I can only give After Worlds Collide a fair read.