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The tiny Borrower family lead a secret life inside the walls of old houses, and once discovered, light out into the enormous wilderness of the front yard and the field. I loved The Borrowers beyond all reason. In his memoir, C. Lewis describes his first experience of joy when, as a very young child, he first saw a miniature garden constructed by his older brother. The received wisdom is that children love stories about miniature people because they themselves are miniature people. The uncanny valley can elicit disgust, but for me, that uncanny, strangely familiar feeling when reading about tiny people turns the mundane magical.

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He is a retired aerospace software engineer who lived for decades in Southern California before moving to the Bay Area in Find more of his thoughts at Views from Crestmont Drivewhich has this index of Black Gate reviews posted so far.

So here are, in the novel, the flashbacks:. A cat appears, threatening him. references are to the Tor trade paperback shown above. The tank-sized cans are paint cans, smeared with colors of paint. And then I meant something, too. But suddenly, I knew they were really the two ends of the same concept. All this vast majesty of creation, it had to mean something. Yes, smaller than the smallest, I meant something, too. I actually enjoyed the movie more. There was much to be done and more to be thought about.

A man affected by radiation in the s begins to shrink, steadily, affecting his relationship with his wife and family, and ultimately trapping him in a cellar, where at the height of an inch he struggles for food and water and battles a to him gigantic black widow spider.

And most important, life. This question is not answered until the very end and then dubiously. The War of the Worldsconcludes that, despite all the trauma and death, everything is fine for the survivors because God. In fact, that the novel did not end precisely that way is one reason to consider and compare the two versions of this story. As I said, this gets tedious; the abstract descriptions, as in the second chapter, get more explicit but not necessarily any clearer.

I was not a fan of the movie when I watched it years ago; it seemed Men shrinking stories implausible, scientifically, and I was put off by the pious Hollywood ending that, as in other sf films of the time e. And I felt my body dwindling, melting, becoming nothing. Could be remade and maybe done well…like the effects in Ant Man. Gist A man affected by radiation in the s begins to shrink, steadily, affecting his relationship with his wife and family, and ultimately trapping him in a cellar, where at the height of an inch he struggles for food and water and battles a to him gigantic black widow spider.

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The narrative description in the novel is necessarily less striking and, frankly, as I read it, got to be tedious. Yet he goes on. As a set-up, this is dramatically very effective. The unbelievably small and the unbelievably vast eventually meet — like the closing of a gigantic circle.

Matheson himself always preferred the original structure. Throughout this Carey has doubts.

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So: what will happen when he shrinks to nothing? I actually thought it was pretty good. I was continuing to shrink, to become… what? He finds some dry crumbs, wraps them up, and pushes them down over the cliff onto the floor.

Our miniature man is trapped there.

Or at least, that was my interpretation of it. The steel tower is a water heater. And I think it was always meant to be a movie.

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I had pd upon nature. Why try to survive? Cover art MH. The earliest film adaptation came from his second novel, The Shrinking Manbecoming the striking if dubiously plausible film dubbed, Hollywood-style, The Incredible Shrinking Man. So the differences between novel and film may be instructive. Science fiction is about surviving to discover new worlds, but Hollywood producers of the s, apparently, needed to reassure their audiences that such cataclysms and discoveries did not threaten the beneficence of their God.

Mark R. Mark wrote short fiction reviews for Locus Magazine from toand is the founder of the Locus Online website, for which he won a Hugo Award in He established the Science Fiction Awards Database at sfadb. And in their place came acceptance. I never read the story, but bought the film on dvd around ten years ago.

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Jacket and Box Illustrations Richard M. More substantially, as I sat down to read this book again decades after last reading it, or seeing the filmI posed in my mind issues I wanted to see how were addressed. There was food to be found, water, clothing, shelter. At least the flashbacks establish a current predicament the spider and some intrigue as to how the character ended up in that predicament. He is too tiny for his cries to be heard. If there were other bursts of radiation, other clouds drifting across seas and continents, would other beings follow me into this vast new world?

So close — the infinitesimal and the infinite. Take The premise might be implausible, Men shrinking stories the parallel stories of survival in a cellar and loss of identity as a husband and father are dramatic and memorable. His brain was teeming with questions and ideas and — yes — hope again. Who knew? I looked up, as if somehow I would grasp the heavens. Both the novel and the film excel in considering, given their premise, how it plays out for our protagonist. I still exist! My fears melted away. On that level, it works just fine. The film copied from IMBblast lines, with some para breaks added:.

And so on. What was I? Still a human being? And will he survive the giant spider? His bed is a sponge and a handkerchief. The infinitesimal? The film shows us the shrinking man and especially the cellar environment he finds himself trapped in, complete with giant black widow spider. One problem is that it to a certain degree fails the suspension of disbelief test for me.

On this point the film is superior to the novel. The crackers are ruined, water-logged, moldy. The premise might be implausible, but the parallel stories of survival in a cellar and loss of identity as a husband and father are dramatic and memorable.

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Or was I the man of the future? The book has the cat encounter when Scott is about half an inch tall.

Why is he trapped — alone — in a cellar? The principal difference between the novel and film is that the film proceeds in chronological order, while the book alternates chapters about our hero trapped in the cellar with flashback scenes describing how he began to shrink and the problems he encountered as he did. Cover art Donato. I enjoyed both film and book. He climbs, like a mountain-climber, to the top of a refrigerator, to find a box of crackers to eat. Immediately the reader wants to know: how did this man become only an inch tall?

To God, there is no zero. Maybe given to a neighbor. Film special effects great Men shrinking stories their day. It might be, it just might be there. This is a guy trying to convince himself that things will be OK, despite all appearances to the contrary. The water heater leaks. And in that moment, I knew the answer to the riddle of the infinite.