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Mr Bensington and Professor Redwood were amongst that new breed of men – or ‘scientists’ as they had become known. They discover Herakleophorbia IV, a chemical foodstuff that accelerates growth, and, after a series of experiments, the countryside is overrun with giant chickens, rats, wasps and worms. Havoc ensues, but Benson and Redwood are undeterred and begin to use ‘the food of the gods’ on humans. Soon, children are growing up to 40 feet high. But where will the experiments end?
H. G. Wells was responsible for an entirely new genre of writing. It was his bold, daring and hugely innovative books that first introduced readers to the concept of time travel, invisibility, genetic experimentation and interstellar invasion – ideas that have gone on to inspire future generations and given rise to the entire science fiction industry.
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