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Off on a Comet

Jules Verne

Book Overview: 

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.


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

Community Reviews

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.

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Una bella storia di fantascienza ottocentesca, chiaramente a leggerla ora balzano agli occhi diverse cose impossibili anche solo da concepire e parecchie semplificazioni eccessive, ma il secolo e mezzo trascorso dalla scrittura di questo libro spiega abbondantemente queste cose.

L'inizio sembra un li

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 French

Definitely one of the most imaginative books of the author, where he goes beyond the limits of science and wanders more in the realm of fantasy. The cosmic conflict with which our story begins could not, of course, leave survivors of space, but that did not stop the author from creating a story abou

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