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Off on a Comet

Jules Verne

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The story starts with a comet that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. Some forty people of various nations and ages are condemned to a two-year-long journey on the comet. They form a mini-society and cope with the hostile environment of the comet (mostly the cold). The size of the 'comet' is about 2300 kilometers in diameter - far larger than any comet or asteroid that actually exists.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Sahel, the ridge that had separated the rich plain of the Mitidja from the sea, and of which the highest peak, Mount Boujereah, had reached an altitude of 1,200 feet; but even this peak, which might have been expected to emerge like an islet above the surface of the sea, was nowhere to be traced. Nothing was to be done but to put about, and return in disappointment towards the north.

Thus the Dobryna regained the waters of the Mediterranean without discovering a trace of the missing province of Algeria.





CHAPTER XI. AN ISLAND TOMB

No longer, then, could there be any doubt as to the annihilation of a considerable portion of the colony. Not merely had there been a submersion of the land, but the impression was more and more confirmed that the very bowels of the earth must have yawned and closed again upon a large territory. Of the rocky substratum of the province it became more evident than ever that not a trace remained,. . . Read More

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What kid of my generation didn't want to be an astronaut when he or she grew up?

Seriously, this was a wild thrill ride of a book, as well as a fun fantasy. Jules Verne was a master of his time, and writings like this prove it.

Servadac kapitány, a francia hadsereg éke pödörnivaló bajuszával együtt Algériában üldögél, és szerelmes verset ír szíve hölgyének. De hirtelen – ó, sacrebleu! – beüt a kataklizma, és a világ összedőlni látszik. (Ennek legnagyobb nyertese az említett hölgy, mert így nem kell elolvasnia a kapitány úr

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"Soyez tranquille, mon capitaine, dit Ben-Zouf. Il vivra, j’en réponds. Ces petits hommes-là, c’est tout nerfs ! J’en ai vu de plus secs que lui, et qui étaient revenus de plus loin !
– Et d’où étaient-ils revenus, Ben-Zouf ?
– D’Égypte, mon capitaine, dans une belle boîte peinturlurée !
– C’étaient de

A comet grazes the earth, and a group of people get swept up onto the comet and live on it as it speeds its way through the solar system.

One of Verne's lesser novels, and it is easy to see why it is so. There is just not a lot of action in it like one gets in 20,000 Leagues, Mysterious Island, or J

Captain Hector Servadac of the French Army, has an appointment the next day, a duel, but he's not going to meet the Russian Count Wassili Timascheff his opponent, don't disparage Servadac; he's a brave man, maybe a little too sensitive ... The dispute? A charming woman of course , the Captain is Fre

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Off on a Comet is an 1877 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story starts with a comet called Gallia, that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. The disaster occurs on January 1 of the ye

This was originally published in 1877 in France, with the title “Hector Servadac.” As happened with many of Jules Verne’s works, there was a very rapid translation to English containing numerous alterations, paraphrasings, and rearrangements. In 1911, that translation was further shortened and publi

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I actually enjoyed it more that I thought I would. I started reading it a little skeptical but I admit I should have had faith in Jules Verne and his ability to bring even the most far reaching of stories to life. The basic premise of this book is that a come

This is one of lesser known books by Jules Verne and again shows the wonderful imagination of this classic author. During the night there is an earthquake near the entrance to the Mediterranean and when the inhabitants of the area wake up the world had changed. Unknown to them at the time the earth

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