When Worlds Collide (1951)

This is an all time movie classic based on the 1933 science fiction novel co-authored by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer; they both also co-authored the sequel After Worlds Collide (1934). It was first published as a six-part monthly serial (September 1932-February 1933) in Blue Book magazine.

Imagine a pair of rouge planets enters our solar system and on a direct collision course with the Earth. Our planet is first devastated, and then destroyed by “Bronson Alpha”, a gas giant-sized rogue planet, orbited by “Bronson Beta”, an earth-sized satellite. Fortunately, advance warning enables several groups of survivors to escape to Bronson Beta, whose orbit maps onto that of the destroyed Earth, and is torn away from its former primary by the gravitational impact of the Bronson Alpha/Earth collision. In the 1951 cinematic incarnation, Bronson Alpha was reimagined as a dwarf star and renamed “Bellus”, while Bronson Beta was designated “Zyra.”

My personal hope is that if this story is ever remade into a major motion picture that it will include elements of the 1934 sequel to the novel “After Worlds Collide”.

The two novels have recently been published by Bison Books in a single paperback edition and are available via AMAZON.COM along with the DVD of the motion picture.


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