“End as a World,” F. L. Wallace, 1955

“End as a World,” F. L. Wallace, 1955 – A young boy’s community anxiously awaits “the end of the world,” a ubiquitous headline and refrain.  At the conclusion, it is revealed that the phrase refers to the successful Mars flight of that day.  The world ends, but “the universe begins.”

Comments: A twist on the “end of the world” trope.  Themes: optimism for the future, community through technology, space exploration, wonder.  Read in The Third Galaxy Reader.

Author: Wikipedia: “F. L. Wallace, sometimes credited as Floyd Wallace, was a noted science fiction and mystery writer. He was born in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1915, and died in Tustin, California, in 2004. Wallace spent most of his life in California as a writer and mechanical engineer after attending the University of Iowa.”


About jennre

Lifelong sf fan, first-time blogger
This entry was posted in 1946-1959, genrecraft, space exploration. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s