H.G. Wells, The Star

“But of the new brotherhood that grew presently among men, of the saving of laws and books and machines, of the strange change that had come over Iceland and Greenland and the shores of Baffin’s Bay, so that the sailors coming there presently found them green and gracious, and could scarce believe their eyes, this story does not tell.”

Pervasive throughout the whole text is a sense of doom, gloom, and hopelessness. The detached narrator is, in some ways, an objective chronicler of only the events immediately surrounding the Star. As a result, this quote is surprisingly uplifting, and may even capture the essence of one of Wells’s points: mankind is capable of living on, and there may at least be a silver lining of sorts in even the worst and most inexplicable tragedies.

Wells, H.G. “The Star.” The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Ed. Arthur B. Evans, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Rob Latham, and Carol McGuirk. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2010. 40-49. Print.

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