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by Albert Bleunard
adapted by Brian Stableford
cover by Jean-Felix Lyon
The spider turned round and abruptly launched itself toward Camaret. He leapt sideways, and was thus able to evade the enemy's attack. Paradou tried to do likewise, but he tripped over a stone and fell backwards. In an instant, the spider had hurled itself upon him, seized him in its mandibles and spun him around in mid-air.
In Albert Bleunard's Ever Smaller (1893), the first modern novel on the theme of the "Shrinking Man," a group of scientists are shrunken down, first to insect-size, to explore an ordinary garden, which becomes as perilous to them as an alien world; then, to microbe-size inside a drop of water and, finally, into a rose bush.
The book also includes The Reluctant Spiritualist, an 1889 novella about a mysterious and seemingly blank canvas which when photographed reveal the face of a man.
"Ever Smaller is a significant landmark in the history of scientific romance. Not only does it go where no writer had gone before, in extending its thought-experiments beyond those of Jean-Henri Fabre and S. Henry Berthoud, it does so boldly." Brian Stableford.
Toujours Plus Petits [Ever Smaller] (1893)
Le Spirite malgré lui [The Reluctant Spiritualist] (1889)
Introduction and Notes by Brian Stableford.