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Telling the story of a dying Earth, The Night Land begins with a man from the 17th century who, mourning the death of his true love, is given a vision through the eyes his future incarnation. In that distant time Earth is only dimly lit by the remaining glow of the dead Sun. The last millions of the human race cluster together inside the Last Redoubt, a huge metal pyramid, and are set upon by mysterious forces from the dark outside. Leaving the protection of their refuge means certain death, but our narrator makes mind contact with a survivor in a forgotten Lesser Redoubt. He must journey alone through the evil darkness to find her, knowing that she is the reincarnation of his past precious love.
William Hope Hodgson, the son of an Essex clergyman, spent eight years at sea as a merchant seaman, sailing around the world three times and receiving the Royal Humane Society's medal for saving a life at sea. He published his first story in 1904 and his first novel, THE BOATS OF THE 'GLEN CARRIG', IN 1907. He was killed in the First World War.