“The Last Night of Summer,” Alfred Coppel, 1954 — In Henderson’s reality, the Earth is about to be hit by a supernova or solar flare. Henderson gives up his passes to the underground safehouse (and takes his ex-wife’s pass) to save his two daughters. He spends his last moments with Laura, his lover, watching the approach of a red dawn.
Comments: Read in The End of the World. Perhaps compare with Larry Niven’s classic, “Inconstant Moon.”
Author: Wikipedia: “Alfred Coppel, Alfredo Jose de Arana-Marini Coppel (November 9, 1921–May 30, 2004) was an American author. Born in Oakland, California, he served as a fighter pilot in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. After his discharge, he started his career as a writer. He became one of the most prolific pulp authors of the 1950s and 1960s, adopting the pseudonyms Robert Cham Gilman and A.C. Marin and writing for a variety of pulp magazines and later ‘slick’ publishers. Though writing in a variety of genres, including action thrillers, he is of some note for his science fiction stories which comprise both short stories and novels.”