Feb 17, 2020
When Worlds Collide
Posted by Philip Wylie Edwin Balmer

When Worlds Collide is a 33 sf novel cowritten by Philip Wylie Edwin Balmer along with its 34 sequel After Worlds Collide It was 1st published as a six part monthly serial 9 32 2 33 in Blue Book magazine, illustrated by Joseph Frank When Worlds Collide had far reaching influences on the sf genre The themes of an approaching planet threatening the Earth, When Worlds Collide is a 33 sf novel cowritten by Philip Wylie Edwin Balmer along with its 34 sequel After Worlds Collide It was 1st published as a six part monthly serial 9 32 2 33 in Blue Book magazine, illustrated by Joseph Frank When Worlds Collide had far reaching influences on the sf genre The themes of an approaching planet threatening the Earth, an athletic hero his girlfriend traveling to the new planet by rocket, were used by writer Alex Raymond in his 34 comic strip Flash Gordon Jack Williamson s 34 short story Born of the Sun also used the concept of a scientist his fiancee escaping the destruction of the Earth in a hurriedly constructed ark of space The 38 41 strip Speed Spaulding was directly based on the novel The themes of escape from a doomed planet to a habitable one also can be seen in Jerry Siegel Joe Shuster s 38 comic Superman The novel was also adapted as the 51 film When Worlds Collide, produced by George Pal directed by Rudolph Mate The film inspired Deep Impact Another film adaptation is 2012 by DreamWorks, directed by Stephen Sommers.

  • Title: When Worlds Collide
  • Author: Philip Wylie Edwin Balmer
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Worlds Collide When Worlds Collide is a sf novel cowritten by Philip Wylie Edwin Balmer along with its sequel After Worlds Collide It was st published as a six part monthly serial in Blue Book magaz

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Dated but wonderful book I have the book with When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide both in it though it s simply called When Worlds Collide As noted this book is very dated, was written long ago and has some pretty un PC parts, but it s a good story and shouldn t be missed.You will definitely spot the time lag here when you start to deal with science in the book but it doesn t take away from the experience As a matter of fact you might find it interesting The world of science fiction bef [...]


    To look at the astronomical statistics, you would think that planet Earth is a sitting duck In our teensy immediate neighborhood of the galaxy alone, there are over 14,000 asteroids zipping about, not to mention over 100 near Earth comets Asteroids of over one kilometer in diameter have hit the Earth, it is approximated, twice every million years during the planet s history those of five kilometers, every 20 million years Every 2,000 years, it has been said, a chunk of space matter collides with [...]


    What an amazing amount of prediction for a book written in the 1930s

    Amy Sturgis

    This is justifiably known as a classic of apocalyptic science fiction It s an absorbing read Two planets, pulled from their orbits, are hurtling toward Earth One will make a disastrously close pass, and the second will impact our planet directly With almost journalistic objectivity, the novel relates the global efforts by humanity to cheat certain death, and in particular the quest in the United States with both American and international personnel to shift a small number of people to one of the [...]


    The wonderful movie of the same name is based on this novel which caused me to seek out the book I read the duology published in the 30 s It is the story of building an arc to save a few humans and animals after the collision with Earth by a rogue planet on collision course I was surprised by the accuracy of the science, even compared to today s standards Of course they had to get to the new planet without computers or other modern technological advances An space travel is told from a 30 s point [...]

    Scott Rhee

    So, rogue planets are a real thing I just thought it was a cool albeit ridiculous idea conjured up by clever science fiction writers, but, apparently, our solar system is full of orbital planetary bodies that have never latched on to a star like the nine planets in our system well, okay, eight, depending on whom you ask, although I m still holding out hope that Pluto will put on some weight and be re classified as a planet and are simply floating around out there in a galactic orbit, waiting to [...]

    Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)

    When Worlds Collide is a book that delighted me on basically every level It completely caught me up and swept me away Once I was immersed within it, the world that has developed since the 30s ceased to exist A delightful surprise I wasn t expecting much going into this I ve just come off reading an H.G Wells novel that was a mire to wade through at times In the Days of the Comet I was kind of expecting antiquated language and ridiculous execution Wylie and Balmer defied my expectations in the be [...]

    Laura Leilani

    Really wanted to live this book It surely must have been the greatest sci fi book ever written in its time Unfortunately it is rather dated people s attitudes toward marriage and sex and people s respect of each other and duty to the greater good These days no one would care about having to breed with random people to make the best children They would not work 12 hour days on a ship they may not be able to escape on Modern people s lack of morals, lack of a sense of duty, and utter selfishness m [...]

    A.J. Newman

    I read this, the first time when I was a youngster I read it again in 2016 and found it to be just as great 50 years later.


    All those other apocalyptic books with their puny viruses and piddling nuclear wars have nothing on When Worlds Collide, which is about the smashing of Earth itself into jagged little pieces.Or it would be if physics respected the three act structure.The book begins with the man who is carrying the fate of Mankind in his briefcase photographic plates of two large planetary objects one about the size of Neptune, one Earth sized that are on a collision course with the third planet in our little so [...]

    Sharon Powers

    Well, you can see I gave this book 5 stars I know, I know It s an old book, not a hot off the presses book Not a New York Times best seller But I really loved it I ve also recently learned that Hollywood is about to turn this book into a major motion picture AndI can hardly wait.Now, to the book First, it is 642 pages, so not a small book It was written by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer It is the second of three books I have read by the writing team SHORT SYNOPSIS It is discovered that a huge pla [...]


    The first time I remember hearing the name Philip Wylie was when the University of Nebraska put out this wonderful edition of When Worlds Collide which also contains its sequel, After Worlds Collide The plot of the book is no doubt well known by now Earth finds itself in the path of two rogue planets, one of them on a collision course with Earth Some scientists believe the other planet might just be hospitable enough to allow human habitation, the problem being how to get from here to there Thou [...]


    This short novel is full of win First off, it is a grand adventure story, with all the elements you would expect travel, landscapes, interactions with people Next, it s a disaster story like no other real end of the world stuff Lastly, it s science fiction describing manned flight off planet, weightlessness, and the rigors of take off and landing All of this written before 1932 Yes, some of the science we know today is missing Miniaturization, computers, radio communication through space A moder [...]


    This is dated but fun By dated I don t mean the science, which veers between inaccurate and glossed over, but is convincingly told suspension of disbelief holds up Rather, I mean that the book reflects commonplace social attitudes of the early 1930s about the relative abilities and characteristics of men and women, with an uncomfortable characterization of an Asian valet.So a few interesting tidbits in summarizing world reaction to the news, Mussolini gets name checked, but Germany has no named [...]


    Written in the years immediately preceding World War II, this book and its sequel After Worlds Collide tell a gripping tale about the end of our planet and mankind s survival by creating arks capable of jumping to another planet.These books reminded me of Jules Verne s work in a way, probably because of the fantastic detail of the preparations, the events themselves, and the way the politics of the day affected the story line.Remember, mankind had no rockets in 1933, certainly none capable of ca [...]


    3 1 2 stars rounded up This is a classic perhaps the first apocalyptical comet asteroid planet hits the earth saga Not much is written about this example of the genre It is omitted from many best of lists I suspect this is largely due to several factors like the antiquated views of its authors Where do I begin Endemic racism, sexism, classism, and disdain for anyone who is not wealthy or successful, informs the writing Also, the science in the science fiction is at times laughable The authors, h [...]


    Witten in the early 1930s, When Worlds Collide tells the story of what happens when two planets that have been set free from their own star some millions of years ago make their way into our solar system with first a close pass, then a direct collision course with Earth Seems as if it s intended as a religious parable even down to the female lead being named Eve , or at the very least, yet another indictment of man s inhumanity to man and his planet.


    This book was so much better than I expected It wasn t overly deep, but it was exceedingly well paced It opens with energy and manages to carry it without There were a few scientific discrepancies, but that s just because it was written in 1933, and they were very easily overlooked The story was engaging without being overly heavy It was a relaxing yet quality read I very much so look forward to reading After Worlds Collide.


    I can see why this book is so popular The ideas presented are astounding and for its time and they re pretty interesting too, even now a days I can imagine what people must of wondered about after reading this book back in the 30 s Very well written and I m recommending it to every sci fi fan I know True classic

    Erik Graff

    Dated, but I liked it so much that I went out immediately to purchase and read its sequel, After World Collide Both were read at grandmother s cottage in Lake Charter Township, Michigan.A movie version of this volume was made in the fifties in color It also holds up rather well The most recent remake appears to be 2012 one of the worst disaster movies ever made.


    This is the first book I read outside of books required for school I have the hard cover which I probably read in the early 50 s It has no date which it was printed Copyright, 1932, 1933 by Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie.

    Tom Rowe

    Good book Not great Maybe a better movie No verbs in this review.

    Sean O"Hara

    Ah, 1930s SF The men are cardboard, the foreigners stereotypes, and women are introduced as being incredibly intelligent but never do anything beyond existing as potential babymakers.

    Donald Kirch

    Fantastic adventure This is the Queen Mother of all disaster stories It made a great movie too


    Great book, ideas ahead of its time

    Isaac Benge

    Good That is the original science fiction

    Rafeeq O.

    Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer s 1932 When Worlds Collide is billed on the cover of my 1968 Paperback Library edition as The classic novel that ranks with 1984 and Brave New World Um Definitely not It is, though, tolerable science fiction of 2.5 to 3 star variety, memorable as an artifact of early 1930s science fiction than as a deftly written or thought provoking piece of literature.Mind you, Aldous Huxley s Brave New World was published the same year as Wylie and Balmer s novel, and yet Huxley [...]


    I love old scifi films and one of my favorites was always the film When Worlds Collide I meant to read the book years ago and never could find a copy then forgot about it Now that I have read the book, it is SO much better than the film that shouldn t be such a surprise the film takes elements from the book and reworks the story into a sort of romance, turning one of the main characters into a minor and rather boring character The film is too simplistic and ignores most of the interesting parts [...]


    Molto bello anche se sicuramente un po datato in certe parti Non mi riferisco tanto al comparto tecnico, che comunque non sarei in grado di valutare con precisione, quanto a diverse idee che lo pervadono, a partire dalla visione per cui Noi americani siamo fichi e organizzati, il resto del mondo poveracci litigiosi e incompetenti Infatti i personaggi non americani a cui viene data un po di attenzione, il giapponese Kyto sic e il francese Duquesne, sono semplici caricature, la maniera in cui un a [...]

    Meg McGregor

    Absolutely riveting Intensely written it sucks you right into the drama of the world being completely destroyed by an enormous planet, careening through space, on a collision course, with our earth The main characters are truly noble, courageous, and kind yet flawed like we all are, with frailities and jealousies But these sadder traits are pushed aside as mankind endeavors a way off the planet and onto the smaller planet that will take its place in an orbit around the sun.I have to say the writ [...]

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