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The Girl in the Golden Atom

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A classic work of science fiction, this novel was one of the first to explore the world of the atom. The Girl in the Golden Atom is the story of a young chemist who finds a hidden atomic world within his mother’s wedding ring. Under a microscope, he sees within the ring a beautiful young woman sitting before a cave. Enchanted by her, he shrinks himself so that he can join ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Bison Books (first published 1922)
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May 30, 2016 Angus rated it liked it
This is a rather odd book, but not without charm. It is 1920s SF—but even by 1920s standards, the science is barking mad. The protagonist theorises that every atom contains a literal universe of its own, and naturally he turns out to be right. He invents a method of seeing inside atoms—apparently it just takes a fancy new lens on your microscope—and inside one of the atoms of his gold ring, he is startled to see a human-like girl.

Naturally, he falls in love, and just as naturally he invents a me
Mar 02, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
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Dec 11, 2009 April rated it liked it
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One of my first thoughts, as I read, was about those old, old text based computer games where, if you wanted the program to repeat a full description every time you entered a room, you could type the command "maximum verbosity"... Someone typed that command with this book!

Keeping in mind this book was written in the wee small years of 1900 this book is a delightful glimpse into the beginnings of Science Fiction. I was tickled with the titles the five men were given as they sat around together in
Feb 17, 2013 Denis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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An early, pre-Doc Smith and Burroughs old school sci-fi (written between 1919 and 1920). "The Chemist said... to the Doctor next to the Banker... who sat by the Big Business Man and the Very Young Man". In spite of the time it was written, is a decent story. The miniaturization theme has often been used since. "The Incredible Shrinking Man", "Fantastic Journey" right up to Michael Crichton's posthumous "Micro".

A little long for what it was (it is actually two novellas combined as one novel). I d
Jun 09, 2015 Estott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 07, 2012 Les rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

May 27, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
I probably wouldn't recommend this book to most people unless you like early sci fi. As with most books from the early 1900's the book drags on at points and had some questionable race/female comments but I still finished it and thought it was an ok read.
Tom Van Boening
May 04, 2013 Tom Van Boening rated it really liked it
This gem of a book is something I am glad to have discovered. I will certainly read a lot more from Ray Cummings in the near future.

If you are a fan of science fiction, you will very likely enjoy this novel.
They don't write adventure stories like this, any more! The characters have names like "the Chemist" and "the Very Young Man," the prose style seems torn from the pages of a Victorian-era National Geographic, and the natives of the tiny world inside the atom - the "Oroids" - are described with the sort of gravely stated praise that can never seem to emphasize enough how virtuous, comely, and noble they are. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's a remarkable, if scientifically ludicrous ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Dfordoom rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This is one of the early classics of American science fiction. It was originally published in the pulp magazine All-Story Weekly in 1919. Book publication followed in 1922. It was an immediate success and the basic idea was one that the author retuned to rather obsessively in his subsequent incredibly prolific career.

It’s undeniably a clever idea. A scientist develops an ultra-high power microscope and makes a startling discovery. There really are worlds within worlds. Within the atoms he observ
Mar 30, 2012 Kimbolimbo rated it did not like it
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This book was a BIG waste of time. But it was what I chose to listen to when I was stuck at work without having planned in advance to have another book available. I don't even want to discuss this book because my brain is SO bored. Basically I think you could write a paper on what the author thinks is the ideal woman based on his descriptions of the girls found in the interior of a ring. Maybe the reader caused the book to be more undesirable because he sounded so pompous and bored so that means ...more
Daniel Garrison
May 06, 2016 Daniel Garrison rated it liked it
It's certainly a unique, vintage science fiction book and I don't think that a unique, vintage science fiction book is everybody's cup of tea. But if it is, I would recommend giving it the once over. It's an easy read and a cool story. I doubt you'll be mulling it over for days afterwards, but it will pleasantly fill in a few hours.

Jun 20, 2016 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original short story, which here is Chapters 1-8, is a great piece with a strong narrative and mode of narration. The rest gets lost in action, and loses the tightness of the narration so it's all a bit wishy-washy.
David Cain
Aug 22, 2012 David Cain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mediocre science fiction from the very early twentieth century. This is basically a pulpy combination of Gulliver's Travels and Journey to the Center of the Earth. The author seems to have a callous disregard for human life, as he has most of the main characters kill thousands of people without a second thought or any sort of moral qualms. His treatment of the female characters is quaint at best, and fairly sexist at times. One of the themes is socialism (good) versus a poorly-defined non-social ...more
Victor Mabuse
Jun 30, 2013 Victor Mabuse rated it liked it
If you are a fan of vintage science fiction, this is an acceptable book. It does tend to drag in places particularly where politics and government is discussed. The concept of a world, contained on an atom of a gold wedding band is rather intriguing to me. As a Green Lantern fan, fantasy ring stories appeal to me. As one who also wears a gold wedding ring, it just feeds the science fantasy side of my brain.
Not a great read, but it does have some good moments. Be mindful, it is a product of its t
Sep 19, 2008 CJ rated it did not like it
I'm really slogging through this book. I'm most of the way through and it's only starting to get interesting. Truthfully, I'm only reading it in order to delete it for room for something better on my PDA.
I really don't think these kinds of books work for me.
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Raymond King Cummings. His career resulted in some 750 novels and short stories, using also the pen names Ray King, Gabrielle Cummings, and Gabriel Wilson.

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