27 JUNE 1896, Page 39

The Crack of Doom. By Robert Cromie. (Digby, Long, and

Co.) - In spite of the ultra-scientific thought which pervades so much of the fiction of the day, we really think Mr. Cromie has hit upon a scientific plot that is original. A certain Brande collects a society of people who deem the world an " etheric tumour," and think the sooner the ether of which it is composed is resolved into normal condition, the better for the human race and its load of suffering. They desire to anticipate the crack of doom. How, Arthur Marcel puts a spoke in their wheel we must leave the reader to discover. The story is well told in a terse, vigorous style, and many things are said in it with an incisive brevity that strikes the fancy and gives an air of "go" and freshness to the narrative. The Crack of Doom is a very credit- able specimen of scientific fiction, and it is well written,—so well written that it may be read again with pleasure.