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Giants from Eternity

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Scientist Oliver Norfleet and his college buddy Spencer DuPogue are called by the Board of Science, to investigate a mysteriously expanding red blight that is growing around the site of a meteor crash. With the help of the daughter of a famous scientist, they soon discover that the blight is not only alive, but that it consumes nearly everything in its path. When their own ...more
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Night Shade Books (first published 1959)
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Hesper
May 20, 2013 Hesper rated it really liked it
The sheer silliness of "Giants From Eternity" had my cursor poised over the two star button, but then I read "The Timeless Tomorrow" and two stars became four. Published in 1939 and 1947 respectively, they are bookend pieces.

Ok, so Giants really is silly. Silly, giddy, fun. It had to have been the inspiration for The Blob, though it is a lot weirder. In brief, when an alien life form crashes to earth, its mysterious powers are used by the steely-eyed, square-jawed hero (what other kind is there?
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Michael
Nov 03, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok
Two short stories re-printed for the first time since their publication in 1939 and 1947. If Giants of Eternity wasn't the inspiration for the 1958 film, The Blob, I'd be surprised. A meteor crashes to Earth from which a red jelly-like organism oozes out and begins devouring everything in sight, increasing it's mass at an alarming rate. The similarities end there however, for when the "giants" of the title make the scene, it begins to feel more like a children's version of Alan Moore's League of ...more
Steven
Oct 03, 2009 Steven rated it liked it
Well I've read all of Wellman's fantasies and most of his book non-fiction, this means I move on to his Science Fiction. This 1939 novel is breezy and fast moving. It hasn't dated that badly, and the plot premise is still good. People new to Wellman need to start with his classic fantasy short stories ("Who Fears the Devil" is an easy starting place).
If it was written by someone else, I would still like it.
Fraser Sherman
Sep 24, 2013 Fraser Sherman rated it liked it
A hideous, unkillable alien blight oozes over Kansas, killing or mutating the life in its past. How do you stop it? Well if you're the protagonist of this book, you figure out how to resurrect Louis Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison and Madame Curie to find a way to destroy the terrifying menace. Entertaining, though far from Wellman's best work; the back up story is pretty weak though.
Dustin Voliva
Dec 27, 2013 Dustin Voliva rated it it was ok
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This title must be read in a booming, deep voice - nothing else would do it justice. The plot is absolutely ridiculous (Kenny would feel right at home here), and this is begging for a B-movie to be made just so MST3K could catapult it into stardom for eternity.
Kevin
Jul 21, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it
This is science fiction as I remember it from the pulse pounding days, before it became literary tedium. This short novel delivers the all goods.
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