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3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  584 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
A surprise nuclear war may cause the End of the World, but not the way anyone could have imagined.

"Terrific... Mark Nelson’s narration is super-listenable... very keen Science Fiction." - SFFaudio

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Published March 20th 2012 by Librivox (first published 1950)
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Aug 09, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
I read this years ago & it was pretty good. Listening to it as an audio book read by Mark Nelson was a treat. Nelson is as good as most of the commercial readers out there & by far the best Librivox narrator I've ever listened to. He's read a lot of books in this genre, too. It's worth searching for his books. They're free on
as are some of Hamilton's books on Gutenberg.

Hamilton is a latter day E
Apr 24, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2008
Up until recently, I have to confess that I had not heard of Edmond Hamilton (even though I most likely read some of his work on The Legion of Super-Heroes in my childhood). Having come across some people raving about this book at a Forum, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy and I am certainly glad that I did.

It is a very enjoyable book, which while clearly marked by its time (the 50s) still holds up and keeps surprising the reader. I do not want to reveal too much, since half the fun i
Jan 03, 2008 Isobel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like cheese
I gave this book 3 stars because, although it is a terrible mess, I genuinely enjoyed reading it. It is by far the most badly-written, misogynistic, and far-fetched sci-fi novel I have ever read, and it had me laughing constantly.
Julie Davis
May 19, 2012 Julie Davis rated it really liked it

Be careful reading other Goodreads reviews for this novel as some toss spoilers out in their questions or dissatisfaction with the plot.

That said, I am 6 chapters in (listening via narrator Mark Douglas Nelson's SciPodBooks podcast which releases a chapter a week) and am fascinated by this story. Yes, as others have noticed, it does reflect the societal attitudes of the 1950s in which it was written. Ok. What do they expect?

Looking past that, though, is the "end of the world" concept w
Jan 14, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it
Fascinating read - both the concept (which I'll leave to the reader to discover) and the amusing thoughts on what the future will be like as perceived by someone in the 1950's. Some interesting messages in the book about sentimentality, fear and happiness. I certainly enjoyed it.
Aug 01, 2008 Randy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SF fans
I loved this novel the first time I read it as a young man. I own two copies and have read it about half a dozen times. Recommended.
May 21, 2012 Carlo rated it liked it
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Aug 25, 2010 Steven rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 19, 2015 Jim rated it it was ok
City at World's End by Edmond Hamilton from 1951 is an old fashioned science fiction novel that is still entertaining, but not quite good. If you love old 1950s SF, this book is fun enough, but like many SF books back then, is short, just a barely fleshed out idea. A small American town is sent into the far distant future by an atomic blast. Earth is growing cold, and all the humans have left for the stars. The inhabitants of Middletown, population 50,000, must find a way to survive the cold. Lu ...more
Karen Hartshorn
Aug 15, 2013 Karen Hartshorn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sci-fi lovers
It is with mixed feelings I leave this story. I like the story but I didn't like a lot of the persons in the story. For instance the girlfriend, Carol, was a child, a whiney one at that. The mayor is everthing I hate about politicians as a whole. And what ever happened to the spirit of exploration that seems to be what America is about? These people were so homebound that watching the moon launches would have caused them heart attacks and nightmares!

The story uses the idea that adding heat to ea

Ok. Let me make a disclaimer before starting this review: This was standard 1950’s scifi pulp. If you expect more from it than that, you fail for being ridiculous, not the book. :D

Things I loved: Absolutely ridiculous premise that a super atomic bomb can launch a small town millions/billions of years into the future with no other consequences than its just chilling out on a dying earth (ignore the development of disease, bacteria, and you know, possible damage to humans when travelling
Apr 29, 2015 C-shaw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought the Kindle edition (99 cents) of this 1951 sci-fi novel after reading reviews of it from my Goodreads friends and people I'm following.
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It was good, and didn't seem too dated.
Aug 06, 2014 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geek-reads
Though it falls into many familiar sci-fi tropes, Hamilton paints a creative and imaginative story with some interesting characters and plots rife with tension. After finishing this book I felt I enjoyed it but probably wouldn’t be singing it’s praises to anyone anytime soon.

This book was written in 50’s and – like so many good sci-fi books – is very much a commentary on society and the times. A super-massive nuclear bomb goes off and causes a tear in the space time continuum; hurling a small t
Marts  (Thinker)
Feb 09, 2013 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2013-reads
Imagine just going about the day with your usual procedures, then suddenly you've been catapulted some centuries into the future... Well these are the adventures of the people from a small community called Middletown. After a nuclear explosion, from which the town is strangely spared, everyone ends up about a million years ahead of the time they know and they re seeing the rest of earth dying around them... But soon they meet some advanced races and their only thoughts are those of survival...
May 27, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
I know it seems like it took forever to read this very short book, and that would usually mean the seal of death, but, this was a librivox recording and life got in the way of computer speakers. I am so glad I was able to get back to this today, it is a wonderful story. It's 50's science fiction, so, a bit dated, but that was not as much a problem for me as it was for some readers. I think reading, or in this case, hearing some of the ideology of that time makes me thankful for the changes that ...more
Rich Meyer
Jul 26, 2015 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was an interesting novel that holds up surprisingly well for being originally published in 1951. There's little of the standard anti-Commie rhetoric you might expect in an "atomic war" novel, since this takes the concept and turns it on it's ear. A new type of atomic bomb explodes over the community of Middletown, but instead of death and destruction, the whole town is sent millions of years into the future, when the sun has begun it's initial death throes and the Earth itself is dying, and ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great perspective on the cultural environment in the early 1950's. It is also interesting in its perspective on technology and what will happen in the future. It makes clear the difficulties on predicting technological advancements.
Leslie Beery
Mar 22, 2012 Leslie Beery rated it really liked it
Can a "super atomic bomb" move an entire city millions of years into the future? A clever writer can make a good story out of a preposterous idea. The story pulled me in and kept me in.
Feb 23, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love 1950's sci-fi movies. The cheesier the better. So it really shouldn't surprise me how much I loved this book but, for some reason it does. Let's get this out of the way - the writing isn't the best, it's completely small town 1950's, the sexism is both hilarious and offensive at the same time, and the author gives too little credit to people - humanity - for their adaptability. But all that said, I was hooked on the first page and enjoyed ever single turn of the page until the ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
Edmond Hamilton ( 1904-1977) was one of the great writers for the pulp magazines, the creator of "Captain Future." He also worked for DC Comics, writing Batman and Superman stories...This book is from 1951 and one that I had not read ( it was sitting in a box of old paperbacks mainly from the 60s in my garage). Most enjoyable, it's about a Midwestern town thrown by an atomic bomb explosion millions of years into the future. It's a bleak future Earth under a dying red sun ( for some reason, the ...more
Jerry Scot
Aug 15, 2010 Jerry Scot rated it really liked it
great read
D Carr
Aug 10, 2015 D Carr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to
I just finished listening to this audio book and I loved it! I almost fell in love with the characters from Middleton and came to be find even of the being from other worlds.

This was the first time I had ever heard of the author and the audiobook from LibriVox was just excellent! Mark Nelson is a wonderful reader and I really appreciated that there was only one reader.

I recommend this book to old fashioned sci-fi readers.

This was his first book for me but it will definitely not be the last!!!
Mike Dimitroff
May 21, 2014 Mike Dimitroff rated it it was ok
It is hard to be fair when writing about a book from 1951. At a first glance, the plot is flat, the characters stereotypical, and their behavior often unreasonable and illogical. The book lacks detail, or in fact any explanation about how anything works or happens. "Atomics" is the answer to most technological questions, and the author leaves it at that.

Then again, what do I know? Maybe "unreasonable and illogical" is exactly how a bunch of rednecks would behave if they find themselves torn away
Julianne G Cockey
Past to Future

A wonderful trip to the past and future written with a precision of structure not burdened with scientific terms or elaborate details. It tells a survival story that is enthralling. Forget the negative reviews, let your mind relax and enjoy. Written in 1951, it was carefully done to avoid obvious technical advances. It is true sci fyi, not horror, fantasy or occult. A really good read.
Tom Britz
Jun 18, 2015 Tom Britz rated it really liked it
This story from the '50's still reads well. There were a few spots where it was dated. In a sneak attack an atomic bomb goes off over the town of Middletown. Instead of destroying the town, it somehow gets pushed through time. Suddenly with no warning the people of Middletown are looking at a dying red sun. The whole planet Earth has by now been deserted for warmer much more livable planets. Then the story goes on.
Mar 20, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a few of Hamilton's short stories, which compelled me to find more of his work. This book was a pleasant surprise on many levels. Considering the timeframe, this was even more surprising. It's based around the events after the detonation of a super atomic bomb. What happens is not what I originally expected.
If you're looking to read some of Hamilton's work, this isn't a bad place to start. It's a rather original story with good characterization. I will be looking for more of Hamilton's
Amir Adel Anis
May 19, 2014 Amir Adel Anis rated it liked it
What I hate most in reviews is spoilers, so, in order not to disclose any events, minor or major, I'll only say this novel is very entertaining. You can't let it down once you've picked it up. It has adventure, humour, and some good, memorable moments too...

It's never too deep or too shallow, just fun.
Mar 15, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
Although the story is pretty simple, it was quite intriguing and a very entertaining book! There's no profound thought that's put forward, and no massive character development. Still, it was a lot of fun! It was a great book to base a RPG on! All in all, I really liked it!
Opal M.
Aug 06, 2014 Opal M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Misogyny abounds in this one. I mean, it's the fifties, but the few women mentioned either cry constantly or do nothing but stereotypical housewife-things. They're called "hysterical" pretty frequently. It was pretty easy to laugh off all the blatant sexism, though.

The characters seemed pretty stilted, and the writing started looking rushed around when Varn Allan and co. showed up. It's not very good, in my opinion, but it's a short read, and I got some entertainment out of it!
Julie Ramsey
Jan 20, 2013 Julie Ramsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
Title the city at world's end.

Author: Edmond Hamilton

Time travel in a most unique way the author

told the story. When you think about time,

you don't know who or what changes in the

time line can effect. Who would think of

political problems with Time...

There are things that are some what explained

but not for sure. The story is told from several

points of view, so you get different ways to

look at problems. Politics comes into play anytime

people get to set. The book was a smooth read but

I thi
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Edmond Moore Hamilton was a popular author of science fiction stories and novels throughout the mid-twentieth century. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he was raised there and in nearby New Castle, Pennsylvania. Something of a child prodigy, he graduated high school and started college (Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania) at the age of 14--but washed out at 17. He was the Golden Age writer ...more
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