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I read this sci-fi book some 30 years ago (but it was older than that by maybe ten years?).

The Earth collides with a planet, possibly from another universe. A piece of Earth is taken by it with the people on it. With limited resources they start exploring and discover a primitive and strange world with stuff like fast gelatinous masses which can dissolve entire human bodies. After killing one it becomes wood-like and they cut it with axes to discover only the ring of a previously "eaten" human.

The humans get old-Earth tech to work again (radio communications, planes...) and rebuild civilization on this new, alien planet.

  • It Sounds like the type of story written in the 40s/50s. So I suspect the poster DID mean what he wrote, when he said "read it 30 years ago, but it might be 40 years older than that". – NJohnny Oct 11 '19 at 23:09
  • I have vague recollections of a story "Off on a comet"(?) by Jules Verne where a comet skims the earth and some people end up on it, struggling to survive. But I don't remember much else about it. – NJohnny Oct 11 '19 at 23:13
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Francis Carsac, The Robinsons of the Cosmos

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    Welcome and thanks for your answer! Can you edit in some details as to why you think this answer fits the question? A summary or excerpt perhaps? – Harabeck Oct 11 '19 at 15:56
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    Could you edit this to explain how it matches the OP’s description? I.e. why is this the correct work? – TheLethalCarrot Oct 11 '19 at 15:57
  • From the goodreads summary: "A la suite d'une collision interplanétaire, un petit morceau de la Terre (exactement un petit morceau de la France) se détache de notre globe et se colle sur une planète inconnue" So it matches on the origin part at least. 1955, so it's old enough. – DavidW Oct 11 '19 at 16:14
  • Interestingly ISFDb lists translations into Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Hungarian and Italian but not English! – DavidW Oct 11 '19 at 16:18
  • The settings she described point to Francis Carsac's book from 1955, titled The Robinsons of the Cosmos. I read the Hungarian translation of it. – Nedudgi Oct 11 '19 at 16:44

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