"[Science fiction] is the one literary medium left in which we have a free hand. We can do any damn thing we please."
The Comet-people wanted the Earth for their own - so they created a diabolical machine to wrest it away from the arms of the sun!
Although convenient for use as a plot device, the gravitational "emanations" that connect the sun to the Earth seem no different from any others. However, it does pick up on the Theosophical idea that different planets have different vibrations, which would have been popular with Hamilton's audience in the 1920's.
Compare to cavorite from H.G. Well's 1901 novel The First Men on the Moon,
gravity neutralizing disks from Hamilton's 1937 story Fessenden's World and the etherometer from Frank Belknap Long, Jr's 1937 story Spawn of the Red Giants.
Compare to cavorite from H.G. Well's 1901 novel The First Men on the Moon, gravity neutralizing disks from Hamilton's 1937 story Fessenden's World and the etherometer from Frank Belknap Long, Jr's 1937 story Spawn of the Red Giants.
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