The richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone.
The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos. Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope.
A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction. They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power.
The Scientific Romances is a collection of early science fiction works. The first book, The Goddess of Atvatabar, is an example of the hollow-earth sub-genre. It is an adventure of exploration, love, intrigue and war but also a description of an advanced society where science and magic are combined. This edition contains all the illustrations from the first edition of 1892.