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The Coming of the Ice   By: (1907-1968)

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In "The Coming of the Ice" by Green Peyton, readers are taken on a thrilling and thought-provoking adventure that explores the consequences of human actions on the environment. Set in a not-too-distant future, Peyton presents a chilling vision of a world affected by climate change, illustrating the potential perils of our current trajectory if we don't change our ways.

The narrative follows a diverse group of individuals, each struggling to survive in an ice-covered world where societal structures have collapsed. Peyton artfully weaves together their individual stories, creating a cohesive and engaging plotline. From this patchwork, a stark picture emerges, emphasizing the urgency for action against climate change.

One of the highlights of this book is Peyton's ability to vividly portray the desolation and despair that permeates this icy world. Through evocative descriptions, readers can almost feel the biting cold and sense the overwhelming isolation the characters experience. This immersive atmosphere adds an extra layer of depth to the narrative, enhancing the sense of urgency that pervades the story.

Moreover, the character development in "The Coming of the Ice" is commendable. Peyton deftly crafts each protagonist, allowing readers to connect with their struggles, fears, and hopes. From the resourceful and determined main character to the various secondary characters, their motivations and actions feel authentic and relatable. This authenticity adds emotional weight to the story, making it all the more impactful.

Another aspect worth mentioning is Peyton's ability to seamlessly blend themes of environmentalism, human resilience, and the strength of community. Through the characters' struggles and the obstacles they face, the author invites readers to reflect on the consequences of our actions and the importance of mutual support in times of crisis. This multi-layered approach gives "The Coming of the Ice" a profound complexity that elevates it beyond a mere dystopian adventure.

However, despite Peyton's skilled storytelling, I found some aspects of the book lacking. The pacing, for instance, occasionally suffers, with certain sections feeling either rushed or drawn out. Additionally, while the plot is engaging, a few plot twists felt predictable, somewhat diminishing their impact. These issues, however, do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, "The Coming of the Ice" is a compelling and timely work that delves into the potential consequences of unchecked climate change. Green Peyton's ability to create a hauntingly beautiful world, combined with well-developed characters and thought-provoking themes, makes this book a worthwhile read. Regardless of one's prior interest in environmental issues, Peyton skillfully captures the importance of collective action and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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The COMING of the ICE

By G. Peyton Wertenbaker

[Illustration: Strange men these creatures of the hundredth century ...]

Copyright, 1926, by E. P. Co., Inc.

Transcriber's Note:

This etext was produced from Amazing Stories July 1961 and was first published in Amazing Stories June 1926. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. Minor spelling and typographical errors have been corrected without note.

A Classic Reprint from AMAZING STORIES, June, 1926

Introduction by Sam Moskowitz

One of the gravest editorial problems faced by the editors of AMAZING STORIES when they launched its first issue, dated April, 1926, was the problem of finding or developing authors who could write the type of story they needed. As a stop gap, the first two issues of AMAZING STORIES were devoted entirely to reprints. But reprints were to constitute a declining portion of the publication's contents for the following four years. The first new story the magazine bought was Coming of the Ice , by G. Peyton Wertenbaker, which appeared in its third issue. Wertenbaker was not technically a newcomer to science fiction, since he had sold his first story to Gernsback's SCIENCE AND INVENTION, The Man From the Atom , in 1923 when he was only 16! Now, at the ripe old age of 19, he was appearing in the world's first truly complete science fiction magazine... Continue reading book >>

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