The Big Eye
The President of the United States speaks: "By now there are few in this country, and indeed in every other nation of the earth, who do not know that our days are numbered. At this very moment, this cosmic body, this Planet 'Y' is speeding toward us from somewhere out of the limitless heavens, bent on our complete and final destruction."
Paperback, 273 pages
Published 1950 by Popular Library
(first published 1949)
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This is a book with a message, and because Ehrlich is pounding so hard on that message, it doesn't leave any space for a decent or exciting story. A famous astronomer discovers that a new star in the sky is actually a meteor that will get closer and closer and utterly destroy all life on Earth in a fatal collision. As a result of this unavoidable fact, the nuclear war that was about to break out is called off and world peace is declared. All armies are decommissioned and everybody is very nice t...more
i can't rate this book. i am far to emotionally attached to be objective. i know it is B grade, but it was the first sci-fi i ever read. for a farm kid growing up in the bush of Northern Ontario, with limited exposure to the bigger picture, discovering the sci-fi genre was revolutionary. reading this book literally changed my life.
Feb 21, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 1 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Erik by: no one
This one is pretty bad. Much of my science fiction reading has been of pretty bad books because of my selection criteria. Although knowledge of the author or of content counts if available, price trumps all. I found this thing while prowling used bookstores for stuff to read during a break from school. Written in 1949, it is set in the near future, 1960. The entertainment value will probably increase as this future recedes into the past.
One of the first science fiction novels I ever read, as a kid in grade school. I particularly like the claustrophobic atmosphere evoked in the early part of the book, as the US and USSR stand poised on the verge of nuclear war. The ending of the book is kind of preachy, but I have always enjoyed it nonetheless.