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Encyclopedia > The Quiet Earth
Title The Quiet Earth
Author Craig Harrison
Country New Zealand
Language English
Released 1981
ISBN 0-340-26507-8

The Quiet Earth is a 1981 science fiction novel (ISBN 0-340-26507-8) by New Zealand writer Craig Harrison, about Zac Hobson, a scientist who wakes up one morning to find out that apparently he is the last person left on the planet Earth. He and his fellow scientists have been working on a project to harness interspatial energy, and this seems to be the result. Craig Harrison wrote the little known book called The Quiet Earth. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Craig Harrison wrote the little known book called The Quiet Earth. ...

It was made into a 1985 New Zealand science fiction film directed by Geoff Murphy, featuring Bruno Lawrence as Zac Hobson. 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Quiet Earth is a 1985 New Zealand science fiction film directed by Geoff Murphy, based on the 1981 science fiction novel by Craig Harrison. ... Geoff Murphy directed some significant New Zealand movies in the late 20th century. ... Bruno Lawrence (February 12, 1941–June 10, 1995) was a musician and actor, born David Lawrence in Brighton, England. ...


Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The main character has been involved in the development of a new "power grid" system (on behalf of the USA). The stated use of this system is that it will allow aircraft to draw energy from a series of generators based on the planets surface. The main character questions the use of this and attempts to commit suicide, only to wake and find that he (and two others - Alison Routledge as Joanne, and Pete Smith as Api) are the only survivors on (his part) of the earth. It becomes apparent that they had all died at the precise moment that the grid was switched on. During the course of the events the main character voices his belief that the project he was working on was not what was advertised "the Americans were always withholding information" Also all the characters had experienced a sensation of traveling down a tunnel (at the moment of death) but had not managed to reach the end. It soon becomes clear that the planet is about to suffer another "effect" and to stop this the main character drives a lorry, laden with explosives into the local power relay station. He dies at the moment that the "effect" is taking place and wakes to find himself on a shoreline, with a ringed planet rising very close and wierd clouds in the sky. Quite what this means is a matter of some speculation.


Bruno Lawrence as Zac Hobson Alison Routledge as Joanne Peter Smith as Api Anzac Wallace as Api's mate Norman Fletcher as Perrin Tom Hyde as Scientist

External Links

  • A brief section from Quiet Earth

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The Quiet Earth (1944 words)
Consequently, when a film like The Quiet Earth comes along, and deals with the end of the world in a sober, non-action-movie fashion, the impression it makes is even more arresting than it would be solely on its own merits.
Indeed, The Quiet Earth’s refusal to take its cues from The Road Warrior is doubly remarkable, for not only was it made in 1985 (the same year as Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome), it was shot just over the Tasman Sea in New Zealand.
Zac may well be the last person alive on Earth, and if he doesn’t find a way to escape from the lab (the main computer has just activated the automatic anti-contamination protocols, sealing the laboratory subbasement with Hobson still inside it), then even he won’t be around much longer.
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