A crystal egg reveals live tableaux of the planet Mars. A 19th Century scientist is obsessed with investigating the crystal, but the antique shop owner who came across the seemingly ... See full summary »

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A crystal egg reveals live tableaux of the planet Mars. A 19th Century scientist is obsessed with investigating the crystal, but the antique shop owner who came across the seemingly worthless glass hopes to sell it ASAP to a tall, insistent stranger, for whom no price is too dear. The delay while the scientist experiments on the egg makes the buyer even more desperate. Written by David Stevens

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Tacky Special Effects--Pretty Good Story
30 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd forgotten this Wells story. It involves a man who becomes obsessed with a large crystal egg when he sees images that seem to be interplanetary when stared at. The plot revolves around an impatient stranger who wishes to buy the egg, but who hasn't enough money and must return. As the story unfolds, we may wonder why he feels the need to go away and come back later. The down side of this episode has to do with the terrible representation of the planet Mars. I mean, the view is a child's painting one might see on a wall. There's no movement or precision. The fact that he assumes it's Mars is a bit hard to swallow. Still, if his conclusion is true, it makes for a good tale of Wellsian science fiction. Read the story. It's much better than this.


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