'City-burning has now become a habit with me more enchaining - and infinitely more debased - then ever was opium to the smoker'
The Purple Cloud tells the grandly bleak story of Adam Jeffson: the first man to reach the North Pole and the last man left alive on earth. A sweet-smelling, deadly cloud of poisonous gas has devastated the world, and as Jeffson travels the stricken globe in search of human life, he slowly succumbs to madness, and unleashes fire and destruction on his planet. Dark, desolate and fantastical, The Purple Cloud was a pioneer in the genre of apocalyptic novels, and the first great science fiction work of the twentieth century.
John Sutherland's introduction discusses M. P. Shiel's dissolute life, the originality of his book and its place within the context of 'last man' novels. This edition also includes a chronology, notes and further reading.
'Fantastic, weird, macabre . . . .remarkable piece of work' The New York Times Book Review
With an introduction and notes by John Sutherland
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 10 / 2012
- 129 x 198mm