“The Star,” H G Wells, 1897 – (first published in the Christmas issue of Graphic). A comet disrupts the orbit of Jupiter and veers close to Earth, causing environmental catastrophes and leaving few human survivors. The inhabitants of Earth respond with apathy and skepticism at first, comfortable in their position as figurative centers of the universe. By the conclusion, they understand their smallness.
Comments: An intro by Jack Williamson, writer, professor, critic, who did his dissertation on Wells. The Mirror of Infinity: A Critics’ Anthology of Science Fiction.
Author: Wikipedia: “Herbert George “H.G.” Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English author.”