Litkicks Message Board Archive

Shrinking humans are not funny

Posted to What Are You Reading?




Occasionally Hollywood offers us spoofs of people who have been shrunk to the size of thimbles as a means of comic relief. But consider if science reached a point in which shrinking humans was possible. Needless to say, the experience would be truly horrifying.

When I purchased The Incredible Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson, I expected a work of light pulp fiction, only to be pleasantly surprised that it is a science-fiction work of high caliber.

It is an articulate novel that addresses some fundamental human concerns, such as the alienation of family and friends, the quest for survival, and the introspection that comes with change. The novel contains some existential reflections.

I learned that Richard Matheson has written fourteen stories for The Twilight Zone, which certainly speaks in his behalf.

Does anyone have anything to add, pro or con?