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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Hector Servadac is an science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story starts with a comet that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. Some forty people of various nations and ages are condemned to a two-year-long journey on the comet.
They form a mini-society and coping with the hostile environment of the comet “Off on a Comet French: They form a mini-society and coping with the hostile environment of the comet mostly the cold.
The size of hectod ‘comet’ is about kilometers in diameter – far larger than any comet or asteroid that actually exists. Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and practical submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated author in the world, according to Index Translationum.
Some of his books have been made into films. Verne, along with H. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”. Published by Forgotten Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Off On A Comet srrvadac, please sign up.
Lists with This Book. The story starts with a comet called Gallia, that touches the Earth in its flight and collects a few small chunks of it. The disaster occurs on January 1 of the year x in the area around Gibraltar.
On the territory that is carried away by the comet there remain a total of thirty-six people of Sdrvadac, English, Spanish and Russian nationality. These people do not realize at first what has happened, and consider the collision an earthquake.
They first notice weight loss: Captain Servadac’s adjutant Ben Zoof, to his amazement, jumps twelve meters high. Zoof with Servadac also soon notice that the alternation of day and night is shortened to six hours, that east and west have changed sides, and that water begins hecto boil at 66 degrees Celsius, from which they rightly deduce that the atmosphere became thinner seradac pressure dropped.
At the beginning of their stay in Gallia they notice the Earth with the Moon, but think it is an unknown planet. Other important information is obtained through their research expedition with a ship, which the comet also took.
During the voyage they discover a mountain chain blocking the sea, which they initially consider to be the Mediterranean Sea and then they find the island of Formentera before the catastrophe a part of the Balearic Islandswhere they find French astronomer Palmyrin Rosette, who helps them to solve all the mysterious phenomena. They are all on a comet which Rosette discovered by a year ago and predicted to be on a collision course with Earth, but no one believed the astronomer, because a layer of thick fog at the time prevented astronomical observations in other places.
A new research expedition determines the circumference of Gallia to be km. The mass of the comet is calculated by Rosette. He determines it atbillion tonnes. For the calculation he uses spring scales and forty 5-franc silver coins, the weight of which on earth equaled exactly one kilogram. However, the owner of the scales, Isaac Hakkabut, has rigged the instrument, so the results have to be cut by a quarter.
Captain Hector Servadac of the French Army, has an appointment the next day, a duel, but he’s not going to meet the Russian Count Wassili Timascheff his opponent, don’t disparage Servadac; he’s a brave man, maybe a little too sensitive A charming woman of coursethe Captain is French.
In in colonial North Africa, Algeria to be precise, men get bored easily, they need their exorcising correct spelling. Nevertheless Comet “Gallia”, hits the Earth hard, taking chunks of l Captain Hector Servadac of the French Army, has an appointment the next day, a duel, but he’s not going to meet the Russian Count Wassili Timascheff his opponent, don’t disparage Servadac; he’s a brave man, maybe a little too sensitive Nevertheless Comet “Gallia”, hits the Earth hard, taking chunks of land with it probably water also.
Just before these honorable men, can honorably shoot each other. Thirty-six people, 3 French10 Spanish, 8 Russians, 13 British, 1 German and 1 Italiana little girl and only female strangely no natives.
Who somehow quite miraculously survived this great upheaval Boiling and freezing, in the long, two year, billions of miles bizarre journeythrough the fascinating unknown Solar System.
Hector, is one of the very reluctant passengers, along too, his army buddy and orderly with the unlikely nickname of Ben Zoof. So is Count Timascheff the feud, what feud? With his yacht Dobryna and devoted crew, yes, the comet has a sea, naturally. The intrepid Count, cruises around that exotic ocean exploring this unlikely liquid surfacehe finds an unusual object Astronomer Palmyrin Rosett, Servadac’s old, perpetually bad tempered teacher he had at school, rescued from a frozen, bleak, lonely island.
The cantankerous, yet intelligent scientist gives them bad news, still valuable information, Gallia will collide with Earth, again they need a plan desperately and have twenty- four months, to get one.
On this Golden Comet, yes it has vast gold deposits, Old Sol, rises in the west and sinks in the east, the day is twelve hours long and Gallia, has a small unimpressive moon, too. Gravity is one seventh of Terra’s, the atmosphere, even has clouds, an activevolatile volcano, luckily is found. Keeping the inhabitants warm in the frigid winter, they live comfortably. Plenty of food, under the volcano, while outside temperatures are minus Fahrenheitthat’s right, below zero, ouch A frozen wasteland indeed, time slowly creeps by and the Earth grows larger, every day in the black sky At last a crazy idea, build a balloon and float back home Jules Verne’s fans will like this unique voyage, forget science just enjoy the spectacular ride View all 9 comments.
Off On A Comet (Extraordinary Voyages, #15) by Jules Verne
Apr 27, Rex Libris rated it liked it. A comet grazes the earth, and a group of people get swept up onto the comet and live on it as it speeds its way through the solar system. One of Verne’s lesser novels, and it is easy to see why it is so. There is just not a lot of action in it like one gets in 20, Leagues, Mysterious Island, or Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Oct 29, Gavin Stephenson-Jackman rated it really liked it.
Off on a Comet or Hector Servadac
This is one of lesser known books by Jules Verne and again shows the wonderful imagination of this classic author. During the night there is an earthquake near the entrance to the Mediterranean and when the inhabitants of the area wake up the world had changed.
Unknown to them at the time the earth has come in contact with a comet and they and small portions of the earth have been swept up by the comment and carried away. An English garrison on Gibraltar, a part of Algeria and some other chunks o This is one of verme known books by Jules Verne and again shows the wonderful imagination of this classic author. An English garrison on Gibraltar, a part of Algeria and some hecto chunks of the earth, water and atmosphere, and inhabitants are now on a two year journey through the solar system.
Captain Servadac and his adjutant Ben Zoof find themselves alone on the Algerian shore when the disaster strikes. Together the Count and Servadac explore their new world which they name Galia. They eventually gather together a ragtag group of 36 individuals who inhabit this new globe, though the English refuse to abandon their post.
One of the inhabitants, French astronomer Palmyrin Rosette establishes many of the hctor about the comet including the day and time of its return to earth.
The real questions are how jilio they to survive the cold of space and each other during their two year orbit? How are they servvadac to get off the comet and back home? It is also amazing the level of detail and believable accuracy that is in the account with respect to the journey through space. May 27, Sam rated it liked it Shelves: I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I actually enjoyed it more that I thought I would.
Vere started reading it a little skeptical but I admit I should have had faith in Jules Verne and his ability to bring even the most far reaching of stories to life.
Hector Servadac by Jules Verne – first – – from Kabi Rare Books and
The basic jullo of this book is that a comet side swipes Earth and in doing so steals away a small part of the planet, complete with people, animals and plants. We then follow these survivors as they endeavour to go about their daily lives and I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I actually enjoyed it more that I thought I would.
We then follow these survivors as they endeavour to go about their daily lives and figure out what has happened and why. A bit like an extreme version of being stranded we see the interplay between the different characters jupio how each copes with their new reality in their own way.
Verne has a way of making his characters feel very real and believable, keeping their humanity at the forefront of the story, while still progressing with the tale itself.
A thoroughly good read and one I would certainly recommend. I have two issues to take with this novel. First, Jules Verne is known for his scientific accuracy, at least to the state of knowledge of his time, and for the foresight of his speculative projections.
However, in this novel, the transfer of a small group of survivors from the west Mediterranean region of Earth to the surface of a passing comet is completely unrealistic, even for its time. But perhaps vernee can give him a pass on that, as there are sevradac today, numerous science fiction books, in which one big mysterious infeasibility occurs in order to create the setting.
Secondly, all writing is a product of the culture of its times, but this novel goes beyond ethnic stereotyping into outright antisemitism. Isaac Hakkabut is not just a heartless wily usurer, hardened miser, and skinflint who happens to be a Jew – but Jews are described as typically so.
Apparently, this was in the original writing, not something introduced by the translators. After receiving objections, a cleaned up version was produced, did not sell well, and was never translated to English. I read most of the usual Jules Verne novels when I was a boy, and have enjoyed re-reading them occasionally, as an adult.
Jules Verne played around with the celestial numbers of orbits and rotations, as the characters figure out where they are — and that was kind of fun too.
The closing chapters in particular were exciting and unexpected. Par le tiers du rayon!