“Off on a Comet (French: Hector Servadac) is an 1877 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 (mostly the cold). The size of the ‘comet’ is about 2300 kilometers in diameter – far larger than any comet or asteroid that actually exists.” (Quote from wikipedia.org)
About the Author
“Jules Gabriel Verne (February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905) was a French author who pioneered the science-fiction genre. He is best known for novels such as Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). 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. G. Wells, is often popularly referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”.” (Quote from wikipedia.org)
Table of Contents
Publisher’s Preface; Introduction; Book I.; A Challenge; Captain Servadac And His Orderly; Interrupted Effusions; A Convulsion Of Nature; A Mysterious Sea; The Captain Makes An Exploration; Ben Zoof Watches In Vain; Venus In Perilous Proximity; Inquiries Unsatisfied; A Search For Algeria; An Island Tomb; At The Mercy Of The Winds; A Royal Salute; Sensitive Nationality; An Enigma From The Sea; The Residuum Of A Continent; A Second Enigma; An Unexpected Population; Gallia’s Governor General; A Light On Th