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The Poison Belt: Being an account of another adventure of Prof. George E. Challenger, Lord John Roxton, Prof. Summerlee, and Mr. E.D. Malone, the discoverers of “The Lost World” (Professor Challenger #2)

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"Nothing could be done. The thing was universal and beyond our human knowledge or control. It was death for young and old, for weak and strong, for rich and poor, without hope or possibility of escape."

Must Professor George Challenger and friends, barricaded in a room, see Earth die? As globe passes through a belt of poisonous ether, terror sweeps mankind; cities riot; com
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by HiLoBooks (first published 1913)
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Oh, Sir sage, you luminary, you genius!! What a memorable, momentous achievement, my good chap! Simply stupendous!! It's just
A singularly superb accomplishment!!

Oh, forgive my loquaciousness, I don't mean to prattle on so (you certainly never would), but I just find it so spirited and impressive.

Hmm...pardon? To what am I referring...oh, excuse me. Let me explain.

First, you create one of the most iconic literary characters in all of history and easily the most celebrated detect
Huda Aweys
جيدة :) ... في البداية كنت فاكراها حكاية من حكايات (شيرلوك هولمز) بعد ماشفتها موسومة بإسم (آرثر كونان دويل) لكن اتفاجأت بأنها رواية من روايات الخيال العلمي .. عبر (دويل) من خلالها عن لمحات من قناعاته و ايمانه ، و من المعروف
إن آرثر كونان دويل كان عضو في جمعيات روحانية بتعني بالاتصال بالأرواح .. أو بالجن
و العفاريت بمعنى اصح :) ، و مع كده عجبتني الفقرة دى مع انه كان بيحاول فيها يبرر و يمنطق لعقيدته و انتمائه ، اللي موش متفقة معاهم كليا .. لكني حملتها (أي الفقرة :) ) على معنى تاني بيتفق مع عقيدتي
It's hard not to be intrigued by a book about the apocalypse written by Arthur Conan Doyle. This is the second adventure featuring the genius and arrogant Professor Challenger (the first being the funventurous tale of dinosaurs in the Amazonian rain forest, The Lost World.) Neither of the Challenger novels have held up well in the scientific sense, but The Lost World was ridiculous in the best possible way, emitting a joy of discovery and the unknown. The Poison Belt, however, fails in everythin ...more
John Darling
I find writing reviews for Goodreads a total waste of time. I mean who cares? The site is clunky, slow, and difficult to interact with and totally worthless to a writer...BUT I wrote a review of "The Lost World" so I felt compelled to write one of this book since it brings together the same cast as that book.

In this book, the intrepid foursome who encountered pre-historic dinosaurs in "The Lost World" are brought together to face an even bigger challenge...the death of the human race...and all o
I was pleased to have read the first 'Professor Challenger' adventure last month, so it was inevitable that I would seek out all the sequels. This is the second in the loose series and it is completely different in substance from the first book; and yet it is also somehow a mirror image.

In The Lost World the band of adventurers discover a remote plateau where the indigenous fauna escaped the extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs; in The Poison Belt the same adventurers became the sole inhabita
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Julie Davis
This review is from SFFaudio whence came the review book. Needless to say (I hope), this is my uninfluenced opinion.
What would you do if you had discovered that the planet was about to be engulfed in a belt of poisonous "ether" from outer space? Professor Challenger invites a hand-picked crew of adventurers and scientists to his home outside London.
I like Sherlock Holmes but I am much fonder of Arthur Conan Doyle's other fiction. He was a skilled teller of "weird tales" and I have heard he was p
The brilliant but cantakerous Professor Challenger, the hero of Conan Doyle’s classic science fiction tale The Lost World, is one again the central figure in an even stranger 1913 story, The Poison Belt.

It’s typical of Conan Doyle’s science fiction which at times could be very strange indeed.

In 1913 physicists still believed in the ether, a mysterious substance which was supposed to fill the universe. At the time the existence of such a medium seemed to be the only satisfactory way to explain s
A strange but engaging wee story. Always amusing to see how the well to do deal with a crisis in days of yore.
J.w. Schnarr
Apocalyptic fiction with early 1900s sensibilities. Generally this stuff is a little too flowery for my taste, but the characters are always interesting. Professor Challenger is a dick, but it's hard to argue with his brain. Quaint, antique science runs the plot of the tale, which can be entertaining in itself. Doyle's work is in the Public Domain, so pick it up for free for your eReader (I'm sure you know where) and take a step back to a time when scientists were men, women were meek and fragil ...more
Kathy Davidson
Doyle used the same characters in this story as in his Lost World. The Professor Challenger discovered the a poisonous belt of ether. Kind of like an asteroid belt. The earth was going to pass through it and it was going to cleanse the of every living animal (the plants would survive). The amoebas survived too. It started at the south pole and moved north. The telegraphs went dead and then the phone lines. Our story teller, Edward Malone, sat with his three friends and Challenger's wife in a sea ...more
وسام السراج
فكرة القصة جميلة بسيطة جدا من حيق الفكرة قديمة المصطلاحات، الفكرة تدور حول ان الكرة الارضية مرت بنطاق غازي سام تسرب للغلاف الجوي وتشبع به الجو وادى لحدوث حالة جنون عامة من ثم حالة هياج وقتل وتخريب شاملة للكوكب بالكامل، وتطورت الاعراض الى حالة موت مؤقته.
مجموعة من الاشخاص عددهم خمسة احدهم عالم قد تنبأ بالحدث مسبقا ولهذا اخذوا احتياطتهم بشكل مسبق، وهم من سجلوا ما حدث وأرخوه.
الملاحظ على القصة استخدام فكرة الاثير وهي نظرية قديمة تقول ان الفضاء ليس فارغ بل مملوء لمادة هي الاثير لنقل الضوء و الحرارة
Sam Wescott
I loved the Lost World, so I was very excited to see the reunion of Doyle's delightful characters in this sequel. I wasn't disappointed on the topic of the characters. Challenger was as bombastic as ever and Lord John Roxton (my personal favorite of the crew) was as wonderful as I remembered. It was a pleasurable reunion.

The book on its own merit, however, was altogether lackluster. The plot was, of course, scientifically preposterous, but that's par for the course for a Victorian adventure sto
Замечательная книга. Совсем не то, что ожидаешь от произведений Артура Конана Дойля с привычными читателю детективными историями.

Потрясающий фантастический апокалипсический сюжет со счастливым финалом. Конец света с удивительной фантазией и находчивостью. Наверно, один из самых оригинальных концов света: отравленный эфир в воздухе - и всего лишь несколько "выживших", закрывшихся в одной комнате с баллонами с кислородом.

А что бы сделали Вы, когда у Вас кончается кислород? А что бы Вы сделали на
Listened to the audio version of this book. It was an enjoyable following story to "The Lost World", bringing together the four adventurers, once again. This time, however, the "adventure" is quite different: Challenger has detected an imminent danger to the planet, one that could destroy all life on earth. While the premise of the story was intriguing, the storyline did not seem to be as exciting as "The Lost World". However, I would still recommend (listening to) the story; it is fascinating t ...more
C.S. Houghton
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in etheric poison. Wait. Nobody says that, probably because the ether referred to by Doyle doesn't exist. That's okay -- I can forgive bad science. What I won't forgive is the mediocre writing.

The Poison Belt is a short book, but I'm convinced Arthur Conan Doyle could have made much better use of the space. I know there was room in there for real characterization. Instead, the most interesting chap was Professor Challenger, and he's named Professor
Read as part of the volume The Lost World & Other Stories .

“I had the Irish faculty of seeing some gleam of humor in every darkness.”

A 2.5 that I find myself wanting to award 3 stars to.

Doyle was a good writer and, in 1913, when he wrote this book, physicists were very unsure as what the aether truly is; moreover, they thought that it's the very own substance that fills the universe. Thus, he toyed with the idea and it is that very own idea that became what The Poison Belt now is.

Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in April 1998.

This is the first sequel to The Lost World. It describes the adventures of the same group of men, centred around Professor Challenger, together with Challenger's wife, when the earth passes through a poisonous belt of ether which wipes out (as they think) all life but the five of them.

The science of the book is rather outdated; the idea of the existence of the ether (postulated originally as a medium for light waves to propagate in, of a differe
Peter Dunn
I enjoyed Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories. Like many others I loved the character enough to ignore the more preposterous story elements and jarring continuity errors. I was thus tempted to tackle his second irritating super human Professor Challenger but I was never really taken with the idea of reading his best known adventure “The Lost World”. However this second Challenger outing “The Poison Belt” was a much more intriguing idea, if only because much of it takes place in one room of Challenger ...more
The second in the Professor Challenger stories is quite far removed from the first, "The Lost World". The main difference is that, while LW can be seen as more of an adventurous story, with our characters facing many perils in their quest of discovery, "The Poison Belt" has its roots planted firmly in the realm of science fiction. Not only that but rather than roaming an undiscovered corner of the earth, this story is predominately set in one room. Despite this, it is a very gripping, page-turni ...more
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The Poison Belt (1913) is the second adventure by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which features Professor George Challenger...or as the subtitle says Being An Account of Another Amazing Adventure of Professor Challenger. After returning from the dangers of Lost World, Professor Challenger becomes aware of changes in the spectrum that signal an even greater danger approaching Earth from the realm of space. He is convinced that the Earth will be shrouded in a poisonous cloud belt floating in the ether bet ...more
Modern Theme

Although the science may be dated, the warnings for the human race are still relevant. The end of the world is upon mankind and we are clueless. Scientists issue the warning but it is ignored and ridiculed. The characters represent the attitudes of all humans. The skeptic, the doubter, the faithful follower and the zealot with the message of doom. You are forced to consider how you would face the end of the world. then you have to consider living in a world with only five people stil
Harry Lawrence
After reading about the plot for this book I was slightly put off. I kept reading that it was very different from the previous book and so the main reason I decided to read this was because I loved the characters from "The Lost World"; Professor Challenger, Professor Summerlee, Lord Roxton and Edward Malone. All of them managed to entertain me in the way they did in the afore mentioned novel and I would recommend this just for them alone.

"The Poison Belt" is a good story, but without those bri
The Poison Belt isn't that much about science. Doyle describes events occurring in his era [100 years ago:] with science at that level. According to the story, spectroscopic analysis of light from other stars and planets are abnormal. Based on that Professor Challenger hypothesizes a potential danger to Earth if that represents an unhealthy "ether". From there, most of the story is Challenger and friends making preparations so they can watch the end of life on Earth before they, too, die. (There ...more
Let's just say that Conan Doyle bottles it in the end of the world scenario but it's an entertaining short read for fans of high Victorian adventure, despite being written in 1913 (and probably more than a whiff of Edwardian eugenic attitudes too or maybe that's just what having empires do to your sensibilities). There is a message of hope for mankind at the end that just a year later must have seemed like a hopeless (3) pipe dream.
Carsten Thomsen
- Bring oxygen.

A short and bewildering message from professor Challenger to the three other adventurers of The Lost World party. Everyone is behaving rather strange in the opening of the The Poison Belt - in fact all over the world people are being infected with a devastating poison from the atmosphere....Gathered again at professor Challengers house the small group are apparently some of the only survivors on the planet. Due to the oxygen.

This is a short novel and follow-up from the amazing Los
Not a strong showing from Sir Arthur: hokey quasi-scientific premise, poor use of his characters, and an irritatingly glib ending which renders nigh-perfunctory the entire story. There might be some joy in this for the die-hard Conan Doyle fan, or readers who simply can't get enough end-of-the-world fiction, but for the rest of us, we can at least count our blessings that Sir Arthur couldn't belabor this thin tale into a full-length novel.
Zeyad Zarzour
يُكتب مقال من قبل أحد العلماء عن اختفاء أحد الأشعة التي تصل إلى الأرض من الشمس ويستنتج من ذلك أن المجموعة الشمسية قد خلت في نطاق فضائي مجهول! يستدعي العالم مجموعة من أصدقائه إلى منزله مزودين بأنابيب للأوكسجين!!... تعم الفوضى الأرض وتبدأ الكائنات الحية بالتساقط كالذباب... ترى هل ستكون نهاية العالم؟؟
I didn't like it as much as I liked the first Challenger book, but it was still quite good. Even though I knew humankind had to survive (who else could Malone be writing for), it still really did feel like the end. The only boring thing was that the characters didn't really do much.
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