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You Should Read: Microcosmic God by Theodore Sturgeon

June 23, 2010

You Should Read is a weekly Wednesday short where I suggest short stories and poems on the web to bide a little time on this dreadful–when will Friday come?–24hrs in the middle of the week.

After a friend practically begged me to read the 30pg novella that is Microcosmic God by Theodore Sturgeon (go to the table of contents and click “Microcosmic God”), I finally acquiesced and decided to read the sucker.

The story revolves around Mr. Kidder, a scientist who secludes himself to a private island in his quest to acquire greater knowledge, etc, and who ends up creating life forms (called Neoterics) that evolve so rapidly that they easily surpass the intelligence of man. But before you think the moral lesson is that the Neoterics are going to take over the world so please don’t mess with God’s work in creating life, blah-blah, the story takes a shift as one of Mr. Kidder’s colleagues attempts to take advantage of his and the Neoteric’s inventions for ill.  The story might be a little long for you short-attention spanned folks, but if I’ve already gotten about two ADD kids to read this, then you can read this too!

First  Line(s): “Here is a story about a man who had too much power, and a man who took too much, but don’t worry;

I’m not going political on you.”

Reading Time: 30-40min

Level of Enjoyment: Just one ounce of science, one ounce of fiction, then shake the cerebral cortex firmly to insure a

homogeneous mixture and voila! human life. (Boy I wish I paid attention in Biology and Chemistry and Physics and stuff…)

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