This was an interesting novel that holds up surprisingly well for being originally published in 1951. There’s little of the standard anti-Commie rhetoric you might expect in an “atomic war” novel, since this takes the concept and turns it on it’s ear. A new type of atomic bomb explodes over the community of Middletown, but instead of death and destruction, the whole town is sent millions of years into the future, when the sun has begun it’s initial death throes and the Earth itself is dying, and the residents have to find a way to survive in this new, barren place.
Edmond Hamilton is one of the unsung pioneers of science fiction, and this novel shows he can write several steps above the average space opera of the day. Excellent characterization, a good plot, and believable dialogue makes for a fun read! Recommended.