artwork (c) Frank R. Paul estate

Art by Frank R. Paul for September 1940, Fantastic Novels magazine, illustrating a reprint of Ray Cummings' "People of the Golden Atom."  

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction had this to say about Mr. Cummings: "His first sf of any note is also his best-known story, "The Girl in the Golden Atom" (1919)...; with its sequel "People of the Golden Atom", serialized in [All-Star Weekly] in 1920, this famous story - about a young man who takes a size-diminishing drug and has extraordinary adventures on a microscopic world - became The Girl in the Golden Atom ... and proved the cornerstone both of RC's reputation and of much of his work from this time on, for he used the idea of size-diminishing drug and the microscopic world, with many variations, for the rest of his long career."  John Clute, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, ed. John Clute and Peter Nicholls, 1993, St. Martin's Press, New York, p. 284.

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