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The Food of the Gods

by H.G. Wells

Cover artist unknown

Publisher: Ballantine

Pub year: 1963

Cover price: 50¢


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The Food of the Gods

To the men who discovered it, was simply a scientific curiosity — a chemical formula that could alter the process of growth.

But somehow, someone was careless. The world heard of it when a man died from the sting of a wasp — a wasp measuring 27 inches across the wings.

Within weeks, gigantic rats were terrifying the countryside, and men went armed against a world gone wild....

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When Mr. Bensington and Professor Redwood first hit upon the discovery they called "The Food of the Gods," they thought — vaguely — that it might have some practical consequences.

How could they foresee that the new scientific wonder would escape their control — that rats would grow big enough to attack and kill a horse, that gigantic leeches and plants and cockroaches would threaten human life?

How could they know that the stolen food would be fed to babies? And that a new race of giants would one day smash the puny, pygmy world of men?

There was the idea — a fascinating theory, really. What harm could there be in a little scientific experiment?

And so they did it.