Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Great Dome on Mercury   By: (1896-1949)

Book cover

Arthur Leo Zagat takes readers on an extraordinary journey with his science fiction masterpiece, set in the distant future, in a book that grips from start to finish. "The Great Dome on Mercury" presents a vividly realized world that stretches the boundaries of imagination.

The story revolves around a post-apocalyptic Earth, where civilization has crumbled due to an unknown cataclysm. Left in ruins, humanity has since migrated to other planets within our solar system. Zagat delineates this new reality with painstaking detail, crafting a unique society on Mercury as the backdrop for his narrative.

The protagonist, Max Scott, is a captivating character who embarks on a perilous quest that will determine the fate of Mercury. Scott confronts the formidable "Great Dome," a mysterious structure housing secrets that could reshape the future of the inhabitants. Zagat skillfully weaves together elements of survival, adventure, and suspense as Scott faces numerous challenges, encountering allies and enemies along the way.

Zagat's worldbuilding skills are exceptional, rendering the scorching heat, treacherous landscapes, and futuristic technology of Mercury in stunning clarity. His descriptive prose mesmerizes readers, immersing them in the story's setting and effectively evoking the harsh realities faced by the characters.

One of the book's compelling aspects is its exploration of human nature and the choices one must make in order to survive. Zagat delves into the moral dilemmas and sacrifices Scott must confront, bringing depth and nuance to his portrayal. This examination of humanity's resilience and capacity for both good and evil adds a thought-provoking layer to the narrative.

Another notable aspect is Zagat's craftsmanship in crafting gripping action sequences. From heart-pounding chases to intense battles, the author skillfully builds tension, never allowing the reader to catch their breath. These vividly rendered scenes are adrenaline-fueled and leave a lasting impact, making it impossible to put the book down.

While the plot unfolds at a brisk pace, at times, the narrative could benefit from more exploration and development. Some characters and subplots feel slightly underdeveloped, leaving potential arcs unfulfilled. However, this minor flaw does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

"The Great Dome on Mercury" is a riveting science fiction novel that captivates readers with its imaginative world, compelling characters, and thrilling adventure. Arthur Leo Zagat showcases his literary talent and creativity, transporting us to a future where survival hangs by a thread and the quest for knowledge knows no bounds. This book is a must-read for any fan of the genre, and its conclusion will leave readers eagerly anticipating Zagat's next venture into the unknown.

First Page:

Transcriber's Note:

This etext was produced from Astounding Stories April 1932. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

[Illustration: " Once more! Will you give me the recognition signal?" ]

The Great Dome on Mercury

By Arthur L. Zagat

[Sidenote: Trapped in the great dome, Darl valiantly defends Earth's outpost against the bird man of Mars and his horde of pigmy henchmen.]

Darl Thomas mopped the streams of perspiration from his bronzed face and lean flanked, wiry body, nude save for clinging shorts and fiber sandals. "By the whirling rings of Saturn," he growled as he gazed disconsolately at his paper strewn desk. "I'd like to have those directors of ITA here on Mercury for just one Earth month. I'll bet they wouldn't be so particular about their quarterly reports after they'd sweated a half ton or so of fat off their greasy bellies. 'Fuel consumption per man hour.': Now what in blazes does that mean? Hey, Jim!" He swiveled his chair around to the serried bank of gauge dials that was Jim Holcomb's especial charge, then sprang to his feet with a startled, "What's the matter?"

The chunky, red haired control man was tugging at a lever, his muscles bulging on arms and back, his face white drawn and tense... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books