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The Poison Belt (1913)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Series: Professor Challenger (2)

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In this classic, Professor Challenger summons Professor Summerlee, Lord John Roxton, and E.D. Malone to his sitting room with one unusual request: bring your own oxygen.
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The second in the beloved series of Professor Challenger sees our brave 4 men chance upon another adventure, this time it's the entire planet that is in inevitable danger by an ethereal poison floating in our atmosphere, waiting to strike and cease every oxygen-breathing soul.

Thoroughly enjoyable, especially if after the ending of the previous, The Lost World, you were left wanting for more adventures of this eccentric band of terribly likeable friends. They still resemble their previous characters, the pompous Challenger, the old grumpy Summerlee, the chivalric born-leader Lord Roxton, and our very own Malone, still sticking to his vocation of jotting down the ghastly state of affairs amidst the apocalypse.

9/10 would recommend for a fun read. ( )
  harshitgarg22 | Jun 11, 2020 |
A novella length sequel to The Lost World, in which our characters spend most of their time not doing much, just sitting in a sealed room, watching the end of the world through a window. Then it doesn't happen.

The science is entertaining bunk, the racism and sexism casually prevalent and typical of adventure novels from this period, and an awful lot of people die - but from a distance, so no gore or emotion needs to be expended.

However, Professor Challenger remains a star. His impossible egotism and arrogance are as funny as ever, and that is really what the book is about Read The Lost World first, and if you enjoy it, give this a try. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
I had never thought of Arthur Conan Doyle as a science fiction writer but the Poison Belt (which has nothing to do with an item of clothing) is the real deal. The earth will pass through a poisonous belt of ether which will kill all life on the planet predicts the redoubtable Dr Challenger. Of course no one believes him except a select group of friends who gather at his house and with a few canisters of oxygen and in a temporary sealed room they plan to prolong their existence by a few hours. From an upstairs window they look out across the countryside and witness the deaths of workers and golfers and via telephone calls receive updates on a world wide annihilation. Their oxygen supply to their great surprise lasts long enough for them to survive the poisonous belt and they venture outside to search for other survivors. Everybody appears to be dead and major fires have erupted in some of the big cities and the six survivors contemplate a dead world and their place in it……………..

This novella was published in 1914 and it coincides with two of my themed reads: early science fiction and books published in 1914 and is an excellent example of both. It has a good story line with lively characters especially the irascible Dr Challenger that moves quickly along and it explores a major science fiction trope of the end of the world. It attempts a little more with the characters engaging in lively conversations about their fate both from the viewpoint of believing they only have hours to live and then when they realise they are perhaps the only survivors. There is perhaps a bit too much of the British stiff upper lip from the Dr Challenger character, to make it a serious contemplation on the end of the world, but Conan Doyle was writing an adventure story that would appeal to the imaginative reader. I enjoyed it and so 3.5 stars. ( )
  baswood | Aug 14, 2017 |
I quite enjoyed this book although it was not what I was expecting at all from this author! It's short enough to read in one sitting and did hold my interest all the way through. ( )
  Nataliec7 | Jun 21, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Doyle, Arthur Conanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bailly, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foster, WillIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaffney, J. M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hahn, Ronald M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCready, GlenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reimann, KatyaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Renault, MaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robins, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rountree, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sauvayre, M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, MatthewForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jetzt, da die ungeheuren Ereignisse meiner Erinnerung noch klar verhaftet sind, ist es unerläßlich geworden, sie niederzuschreiben, bevor die Zeit sie verblassen läßt.
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In this classic, Professor Challenger summons Professor Summerlee, Lord John Roxton, and E.D. Malone to his sitting room with one unusual request: bring your own oxygen.

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The adventurers from The Lost World are reunited, but not under happy circumstances; the Earth is about to pass through a band of ether, so they seal themselves up with oxygen, thinking they'll be the only survivors.
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