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The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth

H. G. Wells

Book Overview: 

Two stuffy English scientists, always looking to further their scientific knowledge, create a substance called Herakleophorbia, which in its fourth incarnation – known as Herakleophorbia IV – has the special ability of making things increase greatly in size. As the scientists begin experimentation on some chicks, the substance is misused by some “country folk” who don’t take it seriously and soon Herakleophorbia IV is running rampant throughout England and then across the globe, creating giant plants and animals that wreak havoc on the land and then the people. Then the first giant babies are revealed and for the first time humanity has to contend with the existence of a new race of giant people. How humanity deals with this shocking new creation is revealed in The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I know my own courage better, I hesitate to join their number.

The doctor yelled and hammered….

The brickmaker says he was weeping with terror when at last the door was opened.

"Bolt," said the doctor, "bolt"—he could not say "bolt the door." He tried to help, and was of no service. The brickmaker fastened the door, and the doctor had to sit on the chair beside the clock for a space before he could go upstairs….

"I don't know what they are!" he repeated several times. "I don't know what they are"—with a high note on the "are."

The brickmaker would have got him whisky, but the doctor would not be left alone with nothing but a flickering light just then.

It was long before the brickmaker could get him to go upstairs….

And when the fire was out the giant rats came back, took the dead horse, . . . Read More

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Bilimkurguyu çok seviyorum, fakat bu kitabı okurken baya zorlandım ve bir yerden sonra sadece yarım bırakmayayım diye okumayı sürdürdüm. Konu gayet ilgili çekici fakat anlatım tarzında, hikayenin akışında aksaklıklar var ve bu kitabın içine girmeyi zorlaştırıyor.

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This is the first H. G. Wells story that I've read. It's a little awkward by todays standards, but considering that it was published nearly 120 years ago it's a remarkable piece of prophetic fantastic fiction. Early on I was surprised by the amount of humor the author used in his rollout of the plot

Πέμπτο βιβλίο του συγγραφέα που διαβάζω, και ενώ με βάση τη βαθμολογία του βιβλίου στο Goodreads είχα κάπως χαμηλότερες προσδοκίες σε σχέση με προηγούμενα βιβλία του, εντούτοις αποδείχτηκε με τη σειρά του ένα άκρως ενδιαφέρον, καλογραμμένο και ψυχαγωγικό μυθιστόρημα επιστημονικής φαντασίας, με διακρ

“And maybe in the next life, WE are the ants” has been an ongoing joke that I’ve used for several years now with my kids whenever I’ve seen them step on a pile of ants or crush an ant hill…. It’s a humorous warning to open their eyes (on a much smaller scale) that someday the tables MAY turn and you

I find the works of H.G. Wells to be remarkable in several ways. Although stories that bear the marks of the modern science fiction genera include Shelley's Frankenstein and the imaginative works of Jules Verne, its HG Wells that really set the stage for modern science fiction. Additionally, Wells i

My misconceptions:

--Wells’ novels are for teenage boys.

--They are hopelessly antiquated.

--Every title I know has come from a movie adaptation and I have actually never read any of his books.
My reaction:

--I was having difficulty reading a new novel (‘2030, The Real Story of What Happens in America’)

Of all the many books written by H G Wells, this is not one that usually springs to mind. However this is a good, if rather overlooked, scientific romance that is worthy of your attention.

The tale is fairly straightforward. Two scientists, Mr Bensington and Professor Redwood, create a miracle chemic

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