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Omega: The Last Days of the World

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Omega, written by astronomer Camille Flammarion (1842–1925), is no less than an epic history of our future—a startling and unforgettable vision of the end of the world. Reasoned scientific speculation combined with probing philosophical inquiry lend credibility and magnitude to this tale of how humankind will physically and culturally evolve over the next several million y ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Bison Books (first published 1894)
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"Will the world end in the daytime? I really don't know"

This book is gorgeous. The typeset and page design is very late 19th century, probably an exact copy of the original English translation. The illustrations and layout of the text around them is a treat to look at, and the font is so clean and simple; it's the kind of font I always wanted for my zine, maybe with a little less space between the letters, but this would have been my choice if I had it. I have no idea what font it is, I can't
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
I really don't know what to say... Let us sleep and perchance dream... and maybe a review will come.

First Part of the Novel
After sleeping on it I must say that this book will be an hard book to review. It tries to be several things at the same time. It's a scientific novel veiled by SF/Pseudohistory/philosophy/theological elements. It tries so hard to teach us that fails because of it...

At times I thought I was in:

Now the plot... Well again it's hard... The first half of the book is a serie
Maria Carmo
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
The text starts in a very scientific way. It is immediately interesting and informative, but for someone less "mathematical" in thought is not immediately enticing. There is a marvelous surprise closer to the end, though. The text becomes extraordinarily poetic, with true Poetry of the Universe and a depth of thought that brings one close to a spontaneous meditation about the invisible that sustains everything visible and the wonder of the infinitude that cannot be contained even by eternity its ...more
Norman Cook
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Camille Flammarion was a French astronomer and science popularizer. Omega: The Last Days of the World was published as a novel in English in 1897, but the first half of the novel was published as a serial in Cosmopolitan in 1893.

The first half of Omega is a tour de force of hard science applied to a fantastic scenario: the end of the world and how it might actually take place, scientifically speaking. Like many Victorian books, it is written more as an essay with a story only marginally layered
This book felt excruciatingly long, despite the fact that I apparently read it in four days. (How? It feels like I've been slogging through for weeks)

The first half of it is given to astronomers of the 25th century worrying about a giant comet hurtling towards Earth and potentially wiping out life. (view spoiler). The second half tells (view spoiler).

On the whole, this book is every bit as yeeee
JuanPa Ausín
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El mundo se acaba. No necesariamente ahora. Cuando sea. Dentro de varios siglos. Y Flammarion nos lo cuenta desde este tiempo (el suyo) hablando de cómo fue aquello. Cómo era la sociedad en ese tiempo -hacia ese tiempo- en que nos extinguimos. Cómo evolucionó la tierra, el espacio. Una ficción llena de fallos comprobados un siglo y pico después, pero con muchos aciertos de su imaginación.
Qué reflexión excelente de lo que ha de venir y de cómo las expectativas y la realidad tal vez estén bastant
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
J'ai été très surprise à la lecture de ce livre : il ne correspond pas du tout à ce à quoi je m'attendais. L'histoire n'est pas romancé, d'entré de jeu, on nous informe qu'une comète gazeuse, 30 fois plus grande que la Terre, et dont la composition n'est pas certaine, va rencontrer la Terre dans la nuit du 13 au 14 juillet. Les conséquences de cet accident sont inconnues.

Le roman est divisé en deux parties. La première partie se passe au XXVe siècle, à l'époque où la comète doit rencontrer notre
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
The book was written in 1894 by Camille Flammarion. Flammarion was an astronomer and he used a lot of that background when writing the book. At the book's opening, which is in the future - the twenty fifth century, the life on the Earth is threatened by annihilation by a comet. About half the book covers this event. Eventually the book takes the reader into the far future where the Earth nears its end.

The reader is a observer to the characters in the book. There is really no character developmen
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I see that there is only ONE review written on a book that deserves so much more! Incredible and fascinating example of very early science fiction. Flammarion was an astronomer, so there are many long passages of equations and calculations that are very tedious. Being a student of literature, I am wholly unqualified to judge whether the equations actually mean anything, so I pretty much skipped them. Aside from that, this book is terribly interesting. Flammarion's refusal to adhere to the conven ...more
Juliana Morgensten
A obra conta todos os "finais do mundo" que já tiveram até o dia da publicação do livro, ou seja, 1894.

Ao longo da narrativa, o autor mostra todo um embasamento matemático, teórico e filosófico sobre o assunto.

O Fim do Mundo é dividido em duas partes: A primeira comenta sobre as teorias e traz cálculos astronômicos, fala dos cometas, as crenças que aconteciam e a opinião do Vaticano sobre o mundo terminar.

A segunda parte é o que aconteceria daqui a 10 milhões de anos e suas etapas futuras, as me
May 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, francese
Lungo e ripetitivo, di certo non ha superato il passaggio del tempo.
Nulla di avventuroso o di catastrofico. Con la scusa della cometa in collisione si passa la prima parte del libro a leggere delle teorie su come il mondo finirà. Freddo, caldo, acqua, fuoco... qualsiasi teoria viene raccontata e ripetuta più volte, nel caso il lettore si distragga.
Poi ci raccontano delle varie fini del mondo che sono state minacciate negli ultimi secoli e, alla fine, non abbiamo neppure il gusto di assistere ad
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Unusual novel/science essay/scripture from 19th-century French science popularizer Camille Flammarion. In the first half of the book, 25th century Earth anxiously awaits a collision with an immense comet. Will it end the world? At a scientific meeting in Paris, arguments (based on the latest 19th cent. science) are given pro and con for whether the end is at hand. One calculation, that of the size of Earth's atmosphere, 36,000 km, sticks with me. How do you get that number? Balance the outward c ...more
080815: what little remembered of this book: kind of loopy science speculation, end of the world from troublesome galactic visitors (meteors) sets up a future history of the sort hg wells would do much better, with much of humankind's problems down to the male of the species... evolution will take care of that...
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Alan by: the 50 cent pricetag at 2nd and charles
Shelves: read-in-2011
This was a pretty interesting book. At times the unloading of scientific facts can be tedious to get through. He often repeats himself over and over again. Gets more enjoyable towards the end when some actual characters are given. If you like end of the world books, you would probably enjoys this.
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