|New cover from old. Original cover|
art by Edmund Emshwiller (1955),
Earle Bergey (1950) and see this.
|The Man Who Evolved|
Today I went back to April 1937 and read "A Million Years Ahead" by Edmond Hamilton.
It is fun to imagine the influence that such stories had on the young Isaac Asimov.
Related reading: "Cosmic Quest"
See also: "The Man Who Evolved"
and "Ten Million Years Ahead"
Lucky for Ross and the entire hapless human species, the cosmic ray projector has two modes, one of which can magically de-evolve an organism. This becomes important, because Ross soon discovers that our human descendants of a million years in our future will be telepathic supermen, able to exert hypnotic mind control.
|In the Ekcolir Reality. Original|
cover art by Howard V. Brown
and Lawrence Stevens and see this.
In 1936, Max Delbrück published a note in Nature about the role of cosmic rays in causing mutations. In 1937, experiments were reported concerning mutations in fruit flies caused by cosmic rays. As early as 1934 it had been suggested that cosmic rays are mostly nuclei from exploding stars.
|interior art by Frank Paul|
|Big brains, like cosmic|
rays were "in the air".
In the 1930s, bigger was better. For the Exode Saga, I have the luxury of imaging "small brains" and the transmission of telepathic signals by means of imaginary hierions.
Next: The Moon Woman
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