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The Empty World by D. E. Stevenson

The Empty World (1936)

by D. E. Stevenson

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This book is D. E. Stevenson's only science fiction work. It is a good old-fashioned end-of-the-world book, written in 1936, taking place in 1973. I wasn't sure how it would go, since science fiction is one of the last genres one would link with Stevenson. I do, however, have a penchant for apocalyptic fiction, so I was optimistic. Surprisingly, I was able to obtain a copy through interlibrary loan. I really enjoyed it. While not one of her best books, it is definitely something I would read again. The nice people were nice (and oh, so very civilized), the bad people were bad, and there was never any doubt which were which. The technology was dated, of course--her vision of transatlantic flight was considerably different from the reality of 1973. The romance aspect was not as well done as in most of her books, but I liked the main female character, who is smart, competent, and usually confident. Of all of Stevenson's books that I've read, the one that is closest in style is Crooked Adam, which is an adventure/thriller--also a departure for her. There were some parts that reminded me strongly of The Day of the Triffids, which I reread just a few weeks ago. I will be looking for my own copy of The Empty World. Apocalyptic fiction by D. E. Stevenson. What more could I ask? ( )
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While flying from New York to London, writer Jane Forrest, turns to the dashing and knowledgeable Sir Richard Baron in the next seat when they are knocked off course by an electrical storm. When they land on a deserted airfield, they find cars abandoned and a lack of people on the streets of Glasgow. Believeing she will be safe in the arms of Sir Richard it's not until he is taken ill that Jane realises her affections really lie with another.… (more)

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