When the World Screamed

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"When the World Screamed"
Short story by Arthur Conan Doyle
CountryUnited Kingdom
Genre(s)Science fiction
Publication date1928
SeriesProfessor Challenger
The Land of Mist
The Disintegration Machine

"When the World Screamed" is a science fiction short story by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his character Professor Challenger. It was first published in Liberty magazine, from 25 February to 3 March 1928.

It is narrated in first person by Mr. Peerless Jones, an expert in Artesian borings who is seen for the first time.

It is the fourth Professor Challenger story and retains only Challenger and Malone from the first novel.[2]

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Professor Challenger, with the help of Mr Edward Malone and Mr Peerless Jones, drills into the earth until he reaches the mantle, convinced that it is a sentient being, akin to an echinus, and that by doing so he will be the first person to alert it to mankind's presence. He awakens the giant creature, which then proceeds to destroy his excavation, covering the spectators with a noxious liquid in the process.

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  2. ^ "Book review: When the World Screamed by Arthur Conan Doyle (1928)". The Long Victorian - c.1789 - 1914. 6 November 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2021.