The Stars - H.G Wells
H G wells's short story ‘The Star’ (originally published in the Christmas number of The Graphic in 1897) begins with astronomers observing a star approaching the solar system. They calculate it will pass close to the Earth – perhaps even collide with it. As the ‘star’ comes nearer, reaction ranges from apathy to panic. Its gravitational pull causes earthquakes, tidal waves, and the melting of the ice caps. Millions are killed, although the star eventually misses the Earth and falls into the Sun, and the remaining population begin to rebuild their lives. Meanwhile, Martian astronomers remark upon how little damage has been done to their neighbor
Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer. Prolific in many genres, he wrote dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, history, satire, biography and autobiography. His work also included two books on recreational war games. Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is often called the "father of science fiction", along with Jules Verne and the publisher Hugo Gernsback.