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The Girl in the Golden Atom by Ray Cummings

The Girl in the Golden Atom (1920)

by Ray Cummings

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This is consider a classic early science fiction story of a chemist who uses an ultra-powerful microscope to look into a gold ring and sees a beautiful young woman --a resident of an entire miniature universe. He develops pills that permit him to shrink himself to her size, and later brings four friends down with him. He is in love with the young woman, and he and his friends become heavily involved in the politics of the miniature world, aided by the fact that they can (by swallowing calculated doses of the pills) turn themselves into giants without outgrowing the word completely. However, despite this advantage they are not permanently successful in dealing with a social revolutionary called Targo who overthrows the king who is the young woman Lyldra's father. ( )
  antiquary | Feb 12, 2018 |
The story was good. And the "science" was pretty much what you would expect from the era.

What really stood out for me was the not so subtle struggle between socialism and fascism (or capitalism, depending on your political viewpoint). A lot of these issues can easily apply to our society. ( )
  grandpahobo | Mar 23, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0883551365, Paperback)

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

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The tale of a scientist who sees a beautiful woman in the atoms of his mother's wedding ring (and his adventures when he shrinks himself down to join her microscopic world), The Girl in the Golden Atom is a classic of science fiction.

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