1919: ‘The Girl In The Golden Atom’ by Ray Cummings

January 25, 2008

Hertzsprung-Russell rating: F106.5+

Available in: The Big Book Of Adventure Stories


A scientist develops a formula that reduces him to the size of a single atom (talk about shrinkage!) and allows him to discover and explore hitherto unknown worlds that exist on the microscopic level. Eventually, he falls in love with the tiny unsuper-sized civilizations and decides to stay down there forever. No biggie. While entertaining, the whole story is preposterous: I took a shrink formula thirty minutes ago and nothing is happening yet and oh shit it’s kicking in and if you’re still reading this you have really good eyesight.

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