(Found) Flood Basalt story.

Ian Clamhoot Jessop

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Hi.
I read a story around 1970 about a flood basalt eruption set in the south of England.
It might have started with steam in a river near Weybridge and relates a survivor's flight and escape.
Please can someone tell me the title and author.
 

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Is this some sort of volcanic eruption?

Is it a short story or a novel?
If the former, was it in a amgazine?
Any other story details at all?
What did the cover look lile?

A bit more detail might increase the chance of success.
 

Ian Clamhoot Jessop

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Hi. Thanks for your response. It was a short story. I think it was early on in a book collection of short stories by several authors.
I do not recall any cover picture.
The writing style was reminiscent of Wells' War of the Worlds. A flood basalt eruption is an eruption that covers a vast area in lava; these areas are called "traps".
The narrator escapes by running and then using a stolen bicycle. He tries to warn people of their danger but is ignored.
 

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I can confirm that this story exists and is as described. Unfortunately, I can't recall the name or author, either. I thought I had read it in a relatively recent collection of older sci-fi stories, but I can't find it.

Will post back if I can locate the story.
 

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That might be the oldest story I've seen identified here at Book Search, well done, otisdog! It looks as though the story may be available at Project Gutenberg, as well.
 

Ian Clamhoot Jessop

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Thank you so much. I remember the title and the collection now.

Best regards, Nicholas James Toop (anag) AKA Jocasta Molesiphon & Thomas Jason Police :)

NB: 42 = 2A (hexadecimal) and after 2A comes 2B.. that is the ultimate question .
 

TomMazanec

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Pretty sure that is it, so mark it found.
It’s even older than I thought it was!
 

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