Earth is way past global warming. It’s totally fried—an environmental disaster—and worse, the brightest and most capable of her inhabitants have left for greener pastures, colonizing distant worlds.
Earth’s fate lies in the hands of three individuals who are in conflict and at odds with each other. With the lives of their loved ones and families at stake, each one ventures out on their own well knowing that only they will succeed while the others will fail. The question is can these three find each other before it is too late to save what is left of Mother Earth?
By the spring of 1938, Hubbard’s stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a “master of the art of narrative.” Hubbard’s editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to a genre that was new, and essentially foreign, to him—science fiction and fantasy. The rest is SciFi history.
Also includes the science fiction adventures, Battling Bolto, the story of a giant, con man who’s running an interstellar scam, while the biggest trick of all lies right under his nose; and Tough Old Man, in which an aging constable’s lack of feelings is not a matter of insensitivity, but of a secret—and surprising—side of his character.
“One of the best pulp writers of the 1940s.” —Library Journal
Format: Trade Paperback
Format: Unabridged, Multicast, 2 CDs
Length: Approx. 2 hours
Cast list: Unabridged, 2 Hours, 2 CDs. Performed by Bob Caso, R.F. Daley, John Mariano, Jim Meskimen, Phil Proctor, Tait Ruppert, Thomas Silcott and Fred Tatasciore.
When Shadows Fall Glossary
The Stories from the Golden Age series reflect the words and expressions used in the 1930s and 1940s, adding unique flavor and authenticity to the tales. While a character’s speech may often reflect regional origins, it also can convey attitudes common in the day. So that readers can better grasp such cultural and historical terms, uncommon words or expressions of the era, the following glossary has been provided.
alpha: first in order of brightness.
ballyhoo: to attract the attention of customers by raising a clamor. The ballyhoo is a sophisticated “commercial,” usually illustrated with quick appearances by the performers given to draw a crowd to see a show.
bead, drawing a rifle: variation of “to draw a bead on”; taking aim at. This term alludes to the bead, a small metal knob on a firearm used as a front sight.
braying: uttering loudly and harshly.
bucks: men, especially strong or spirited young men.
chilblain: inflammation, followed by itchy irritation on hands, feet or ears that have been exposed to moist cold.
coming over or come over: deceiving or taking advantage of someone.
complection: complexion; general appearance or nature.
constable: a law enforcement officer.
crookt: crooked; bent.
ergs: units of energy.
flimflam: to trick, deceive, swindle or cheat.
gibbous: of the moon, between the half-moon and the full moon.
golblamed: goddamned; used as an expression of anger, disgust, etc.
hicks: people regarded as gullible or unsophisticated.
horizon blue and gold: a uniform; a field uniform the color of horizon blue, a variable color averaging a light greenish blue to blue, with gold buttons.
hummocks: ridges or hills of ice in an ice field.
ill-starred: doomed to end in failure or disaster.
import: 1. consequence or importance; matter. 2. meaning; implication.
limned: outlined in clear detail; delineated.
mackinaw: a thick heavy woolen cloth, usually with a plaid design.
mean: inferior in grade or quality.
patch on, isn’t a: to not be as good as someone or something else.
physiognomy: the features of somebody’s face, especially when they are used as indicators of that person’s character or temperament.
plugged: (of a coin) with the center removed and replaced with a worthless metal.
proof: 1. tested or proved strength, as of armor. 2. capable of resisting harm, injury or damage.
quarters, at: at a proper or assigned station or place, as for officers and crew on a warship.
shod: covered for protection, strength or ornament.
subscriptions: funds raised through sums of money pledged.
tramp: a freight vessel that does not run regularly between fixed ports, but takes a cargo wherever shippers desire.