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Can You Name This Story? (Part 27)

Another Name That Story challenge for our readers: Do any of you out there know the title to this story?

I have been searching here and there for the title of a science fiction book that I read as a child back in the 1960’s.

The plot is that scientists split an atom in a laboratory and control the explosion with super magnets that will not allow the explosion to expand very much. The explosion starts a small universe. They are able to use high power telescopes to peer into this universe as it unfolds. Eventually life begins on various planets. They focus on one.

The book is about life on this planet as it unfolds and beings evolve into a sophisticated society that travels around the universe in space ships. The story ends when the civilization becomes so advanced they build a spaceship that breaks out of the small universe into our universe.

I love this story. It’s so well written. Does it ring any bells?


Can you name this story?

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9 Comments on Can You Name This Story? (Part 27)

  1. Sounds like Theodore Sturgeon’s ‘Microcosmic God.’

  2. OldMiser // August 8, 2012 at 2:07 am //

    “Edge of Time” by David Grinnell. You can see the cover here:

  3. Similar themes, but it is **not** Microcosmic God. I agree on the Grinnell.

  4. Was it in Asimov’s anthology Before the Golden Age?


    •1936 – He Who Shrank by Henry Hasse
    •1935 – The Cosmic Pantograph by Edmond Hamilton
    •1932 – The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds by Francis Flagg
    •1931 – Awlo of Ulm by S. P. Meek
    •1931 – Beyond the Vanishing Point by Ray Cummings
    •1931 – Submicroscopic by S. P. Meek
    •1929 – In Two Worlds by Edward E. Chappelow
    •1928 – Out of the Sub-Universe by R. F. Starzl

  5. Thank you everyone! It is the Edge of Time as I remember the book cover with the lady holding the globe. Awesome. Special thanks to Old Miser. This really makes my day. 🙂

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