In the Days of the Comet

H. G. WELLS (1866 - 1946)

William ("Willie") is a student living in the British town of Clayton. As a Socialist, he tries to move power from the upper class to the working class. Interestingly, in a fictitious confrontation Britain declares war on Germany. Willie falls in love with Nettie, but when she elopes with an upper-class man, Willie resolves to kill them both. Throughout the novel there is present in the sky a large comet which gives off a green glow. As Willie prepares to shoot the lovers, two battleships appear and begin shelling the coast, causing Willie to nearly lose his targets. As the comet enters the atmosphere, it gives off a green gas which envelopes everyone including Willie, who falls asleep. Willie wakes up a changed man. He is able to reason so clearly that he realizes the foolishness of his plan for revenge. Other people have changed too. Our hero marvels at how humankind has risen to new levels of vision and understanding. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 -- Prologue Bigmouth
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Play 01 01 -- Bk First, Ch First, Sec 1 Lewis
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Play 02 02 -- Bk First, Ch First, Sec 2 Lewis
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Play 03 03 -- Bk First, Ch First, Sec 3 Felicity C
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Play 04 04 -- Bk First, Ch First, Sec 4-5 Felicity C
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Play 05 05 -- Bk First, Ch Second, Sec 1-2 Felicity C
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Play 06 06 -- Bk First, Ch Second, Sec 3-4 Lewis
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Play 07 07 -- Bk First, Ch Second, Sec 5-7 Lewis
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Play 08 08 -- Bk First, Ch Third, Sec 1-2 Lewis
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Play 09 09 -- Bk First, Ch Third, Sec 3 Lewis
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Play 10 10 -- Bk First, Ch Third, Sec 4 Richard Kilmer
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Play 11 11 -- Bk First, Ch Third, Sec 5-6 Richard Kilmer
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Play 12 12 -- Bk First, Ch Third, Sec 7 Richard Kilmer
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Play 13 13 -- Bk First, Ch Fourth, Sec 1-3 Richard Kilmer
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Play 14 14 -- Bk First, Ch Fourth, Sec 4-6 Richard Kilmer
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Play 15 15 -- Bk First, Ch Fifth, Sec 1-2 Bear Schacht
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Play 16 16 -- Bk First, Ch Fifth, Sec 3-5 Bear Schacht
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Play 17 17 -- Bk First, Ch Fifth, Sec 6 Richard Kilmer
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Play 18 18 -- Bk Second, Ch First, Sec 1-2 Mike Pelton
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Play 19 19 -- Bk Second, Ch First, Sec 3-4 Mike Pelton
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Play 20 20 -- Bk Second, Ch First, Sec 5-6 Mike Pelton
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Play 21 21 -- Bk Second, Ch Second, Sec 1-2 Mike Pelton
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Play 22 22 -- Bk Second, Ch Second, Sec 3-4 Mike Pelton
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Play 23 23 -- Bk Second, Ch Second, Sec 5-8 Mike Pelton
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Play 24 24 -- Bk Second, Ch Third, Sec 1 Mike Pelton
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Play 25 25 -- Bk Second, Ch Third, Sec 2-3 Mike Pelton
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Play 26 26 -- Bk Third, Ch First, Sec 1 Mike Pelton
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Play 27 27 -- Bk Third, Ch First, Sec 2-3 Mike Pelton
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Play 28 28 -- Bk Third, Ch First, Sec 4 Mike Pelton
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Play 29 29 -- Bk Third, Ch First, Sec 5-6 Mike Pelton
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Play 30 30 -- Bk Third, Ch Second, Sec 1-3 Mike Pelton
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Play 31 31 -- Bk Third, Ch Second, Sec 4 Mike Pelton
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Play 32 32 -- Bk Third, Ch Third, Sec 1 Mike Pelton
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Play 33 33 -- Bk Third, Ch Third, Sec 2-3 Mike Pelton
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Play 34 34 -- Bk Third, Ch Third, Sec 4 Mike Pelton
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Play 35 35 -- Epilogue Bigmouth
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