Arthur C. Clarke brings the world to an end with an alarming frequency in his stories. I've been reading his book Of Time and Stars which has some seven world-ending, well, ends in about eighteen stories. Mostly he doesn't even bother explaining:
Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
If you've read The Nine Billion Names of God, you'll understand why that line is well-nigh unforgettable. In comparison, the world-ending line in No Morning After is just lame:
"Listen, Bill," they continued. "Our scientists have just discovered that your sun is about to explode."
And then there's:
SUPER-BOMB TEST TODAY
What sort of bomb could destroy a world? A super-bomb, of course. What is a super-bomb? What does it do? Who gives a rat's arse anyway?
And this line doesn't end a world or even a minor planetoid, but I liked it anyway:
He could even afford the luxury of a cigarette.
The smoker is wearing a space suit and is standing on a minor moon waiting for someone to pick him up!
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