I first heard the name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through one of his best works, Sherlock Holmes. Not to mention I read a translated copy of this world-famous detective series, but fortunately the translation was so accurate that I never had a feeling that what I was reading was not written by the original author of the book.
And then I began to read other stories that had “A Conan Doyle” printed on it.
Last time I wrote a review of a story called “The Poison Belt“. If you looked closely, you would have noticed in the cover that the story comes with two more stories: The Disintegration Machine and When the World Screamed. Not to mention the translated copy I read also had these stories translated. These are very short stories. Probably too short to be reviewed. But I couldn’t skip writing about When the World Screamed because it’s entirely a different type of story. It’s just a science fiction short story and does not teach us any morals unlike The Poison Belt. Still this sci-fi story is really something that gets stick to your mind once you take some time alone with the book.
When the World Screamed is another Professor Challenger story where a new craziness pressures him to make the earth feel the existence of human being on its surface. Professor says the earth is a giant creature and it doesn’t even care or know that we — the human being — exist on its surface. Professor believes that by drilling into the center of the earth, he will be the first person to let the planet know that there are people on its surface. He begins a very expensive experiment and one day his dreams come true.
A couple of miles down the surface, the people appointed to work in the digging witness what is the most extraordinary and horrible thing they could ever see. It’s the earth; with an outlook like it’s breathing. Everyone gets shocked at first sight. Even the person appointed to drill through the earth gets confused whether he should do it or not. How could he hurt such a giant creature that is accommodating us?
Now all the honorable and genius scientists are in front of the professor when he’s about to drill through the earth’s final skin. What will happen next?
If your local bookstore has a copy of it, or the Poison Belt together with this story, go read it on your next free day. If you’re unable to find it out, you can always see this link where I found the full story published in HTML. However, reading in screen is no way better than reading in a hard copy. So, don’t just click the above link. First, try to find a solid copy. If failed, then you can come back for the link.
I would rate the movie at 5/5. I think I just broke the rule that no movie or story should be rated at the highest possible rating. Well, at least I never noticed in mainstream medias.
How likely are you to look for this book in your local public library?