Title: The Food of the Gods
Author: H. G. Wells
Page Count: 224
This book was a cracker, and one that I think is overlooked somewhat because of Wells’ other big successes. The concept here is that scientists are able to create a new food – a food of the gods – which causes anything that eats it to grow at a rapid rate. That leaves us with giant bees and rats and stuff, which is always fun. I wonder if James Herbert was a H. G. Wells fan.
And then people start feeding it to children, and you can imagine the kinds of problems that that could create. Suddenly, we have characters building what are essentially oversized mansions for their children to grow up in, as well as the formation of a society which is dedicated to opposing this huge growth. The societal response to all of this was probably the best part of the book, because it seemed spot on for what would actually happen.
So for what it’s worth, I think this is easily up there with some of the most fascinating speculative fiction that I’ve come across. If you want to know where to turn after War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, go ahead and read this one.