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The Chapter Ends

Poul William Anderson

Book Overview: 

Far, far in the future the Earth is still spinning around the Sun, on the edge of the galaxy, dozing in obscurity, forgotten by it's trillions of progeny and completely irrelevant. But this doesn't matter to the few millions who still live there in simplicity and quiet happiness. But then interstellar politics dictates that they must all leave Earth because ... well, listen to the story as told by the great Poul Anderson as he explores what the Earth means to humans and to one man in particular.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The atoms are nothing," said Kormt. "It is the form which matters, and that was given to you by Earth."

Jorun studied him for a moment. Kormt was like most of this planet's ten million or so people—a dark, stocky folk, though there were more blond and red-haired throwbacks here than in the rest of the Galaxy. He was old for a primitive untreated by medical science—he must be almost two hundred years old—but his back was straight, and his stride firm. The coarse, jut-nosed face held an odd strength. Jorun was nearing his thousandth birthday, but couldn't help feeling like a child in Kormt's presence.

That didn't make sense. These few dwellers on Terra were a backward and impoverished race of peasants and handicraftsmen; they were ignorant and unadventurous; they had been static for more thousands of years than anyone knew. What could they have to say to the ancient and mighty civilization which had almost forgotten their little planet?Read More

Community Reviews

The Chapter Ends is a short story by Poul Anderson first published in 1954 and so is one of the author’s earlier works.

This is a uniquely Bradburyesque work, set tens of thousands of years in the future involving the end of human habitation of Earth and a philosophical / spiritual question about wh

It was alright. Didn't much care for the sing song voice of the reader. Made it harder to just follow the story.

It's an interesting setting, but all the potential drama and social commentary are never actually used. it's all set up no pay up.

It's ok, but a great story could have happened here.

Most of mankind has left the planet thousands of years before. One of the advanced race returns and tries to convince the few remaining folk to leave.

A rather boring, non-suspenseful short story. This book would have been the perfect final chapter of a longer saga on the evolution of the species as we stretched our influence throughout the galaxy. As it is, it's relatable to an ejaculation without any of the passion or romance. Highly disappointi

This is a nice little short story. My only complaint is it's too short and has a premature ending. There isn't much plot and half of the book seemed like it was dedicated to describing scenery.

Also, the tension-premise was weird. (view spoiler)[Some alien race and humanity had struck a deal to split the galaxy in (hide spoiler)]

I don't often find myself deeply affected by short stories, there's just not enough time to really develop the story & draw me in. And I don't expect much from older stories, as they tend to not age well. But I did get caught up in this one, its question of our connectedness, both to one another & t

Premisa interesante, aunque para mi gusto le falta fuerza.

Good little short story/Sci Fi, with an interesting take on what's in store for civilization .

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