By Philip Wylie

After Worlds Collide choices up the tale of its predecessor, When Worlds Collide. This sequel tells the tale of the survivors' development at the new international Bronson Beta after the destruction of Earth through a rogue planet.

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Where did she live, do you suppose, Eliot? ” “She had a name,” said Eliot James. “And surely she had lovers. ” “Dead,” said Tony. “Dead with her—maybe a million years ago. ” demanded Eliot James. “Why? To pick up a scarf on the street? We’ve got to get into one of these buildings somewhere. We can break in somehow—with nobody to stop us. ” So together they attacked the door, which, like those they had pushed and pulled at before, showed no lock, yet was secure. The door, like the walls of the buildings, was of metal and glass.

It resembled nothing so much as a restaurant; and looking in, no one from earth could doubt that that was what it had been. The place looked immaculate, as if put in order an hour ago —and then deserted. ” Eliot James appealed again. ” Tony countered. “That’s what I want to know. Were they huge ants? Were they human-brained reptiles? Were they—” “They sat in chairs,” said Eliot James. “They ate at tables. They ran a car that steered by pedals and a wheel. Their equipment would fit us; their floors and steps are on our scale.

Not one of them—nor the bones of one of them! ” He stood at the table and sifted in his fingers the kernels of a strange grain. Not wheat, not corn, not rice nor barley nor rye; but a starchy kernel. They both had tasted it. “There’s millions of bushels of this, Tony. Should we say ‘bushels’ or, like the Bible, ‘measures’? Well, we know there’s millions of measures of this that we’ve already found. —we’ve solved our problem of provender indefinitely. And it’s foolish to have our people improvising shelter and equipment when all we have to do is to move into—this.

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