“Requiem,” Edmond Hamilton, 1962 — A world-weary captain presides over the group of reporters and “sentimentalists” gathered to witness the last moments of Earth.
Comments: Read in The Best of Edmond Hamilton. Describes how the captain’s body “fits” the planet like no other. Perhaps a transition between last-man-on-earth, elegaic apocalypse stories which mourn loss of civilization (often containing a detailed inventory of what constitutes “civilization”) and later New Wave stories which touch on same theme but foreground the figures of museums, artifacts, and the “wreckage” of civilization. And, perhaps, the basis for a Dr. Who episode?
Author: Wikipedia: “Edmond Moore Hamilton (October 21, 1904 – February 1, 1977) was an American author of science fiction stories and novels during the mid-twentieth.” “World-wrecker” Hamilton was an extremely prolific writer, particularly of space opera, and appeared frequently in Weird Tales. He was close friends with many prominent genre writers, including Jack Williamson, and was married to Leigh Brackett, a science fiction writer and a screen writer of several notable screenplays.