In the Days of the Comet

Author: H. G. Wells

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In the Days of the Comet is a 1906 science fiction novel. In it, a green comet causes the nitrogen in the air to become a breathable gas, which causes a great change in human society, where happiness now reigns, there is peace on earth and goodwill to all men.

The protagonist of the story is William Leadford, who quits his job just as an economic recession hits Britain and then finds himself unable to find another position. Frustrated, he blames class injustice for the miserable conditions in which he lives.

At the same time, his emotional life is dominated by his attachment to Nettie Stuart, but she jilts him for another man, so Leadford sets out to kill them both and himself. But just as he is about to do so, the comet enters the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrates, causing a soporific green fog that has an effect on all human beings...

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