The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells

The Food of the Gods

What happens when science tampers with nature? A riveting, cautionary tale with disastrous results reveals the chilling answer.Hoping to create a new growth agent for food with beneficial uses to mankind, two scientists find that the spread of the material is uncontrollable. Giant chickens, rats, and insects run amok, and children given the food stuffs experience incredible growth--and serious illnesses. Over the years, people who have eaten thes...

Details The Food of the Gods

TitleThe Food of the Gods
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
PublisherUniversity Publishing House
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Classics

Reviews The Food of the Gods

  • Rebecca McNutt
    The Food of the Gods is science-fiction, but its premise of science gone mad and things happening beyond our control is strangely plausible.
  • Mark
    Of all the many books written by H G Wells, this is not one that usually springs to mind. However this is a good, if rather overlooked, scientific romance that is worthy of your attention.The tale is fairly straightforward. Two scientists, Mr Bensington and Professor Redwood, create a miracle chemical that they call (rather unpronounceably) Herakleophorbia IV. This chemical element accelerates physical growth and creates animals that are much big...
  • Amy
    Hey look! A book finally made it off the death-trap that is my 'To-Finish-Someday' list. I finally finished it!Wells jumps right into the action with this story of growth-hormones gone amiss. Giant wasps, giant rats, giant wonder the countryside is terrorized! However, his intrepid scientists decide 'NBD' and give the growth formula to children. Because why not. An interesting and yet disconcerting read. Wells's sympathy lies with t...
  • Patrick Gibson
    My misconceptions:--Wells’ novels are for teenage boys.--They are hopelessly antiquated.--Every title I know has come from a movie adaptation and I have actually never read any of his books.My reaction:--I was having difficulty reading a new novel (‘2030, The Real Story of What Happens in America’) and searched my Kindle for some free titles for a diversion. There, I found all the H.G. Wells novels in public domain. What the hell… no pric...
  • sologdin
    Nutshell: uppity scientists solve food distribution problem, which causes increase in proletarian demographic power, which induces proto-fascists to start a war of extermination.First third is dominated by development of hypertrophying foods, their dissemination among animals, and the destruction of those animals. Lots of this early section is a creature thriller wherein people hunt down gargantuan rats that have terrorized the countryside, but I...
  • Matt
    I find the works of H.G. Wells to be remarkable in several ways. Although stories that bear the marks of the modern science fiction genera include Shelley's Frankenstein and the imaginative works of Jules Verne, its HG Wells that really set the stage for modern science fiction. Additionally, Wells is one of the first modern wargamers, and his publication of 'Floor Games' and 'Little Wars' sparked the wargaming movement that would eventually set t...
  • Jim
    It all begins as humor. Two British scientists come up with a substance that causes flora, fauna, and people to become giants. At first, there are giant nettles, mushrooms -- but then it ramps up, with giant rats that can take down and eat horses and wasps so large one could hear them half a mile off. In the end it becomes a tragedy: several hundred children around the world had been given this "food of the gods" and grow to a height of around fo...
  • Bill Wellham
    Recently re-printed in a hardback on the S.F. Masterworks series, I was compelled to buy it. The other H.G. Wells which I have read are Time Machine, War of the Worlds, and Island of Dr Moreau. This is written in the same style, with a Victorian feel throughout the pages. I am starting to feel that H.G. Wells had a definate distrust for science (scientists), whilst having an imagination of science that far surpassed those of the scientific profes...
  • Noel Coughlan
    In The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, two scientists (Redwood & Bensington) discover a ‘food’ which causes any creature that eats it to expand to gigantic proportions. Things go wrong at their experimental farm due to the incompetence of the couple charged with managing it. Exposed to the food, nature runs amok. However, one of the scientists commits a worse sin. Children are exposed to the Boomfood,either through error or deliber...
  • Eman AlRaesi
    This H.G.Wells book talks about a certain food invented by two scientists that makes every living thing that consumes it gigantic. So you can imagine all the bizarre weird events of the book, even at the beginning and it freaked me out. It mentions gigantic hens, wasps and even rats that eat a horse with all sort of grotesque details no wonder I was so scared. It did take some nerves to finish reading it. From a Sci-Fi point of view and consideri...
  • David
    It was enjoyable, but I would have found it much more interesting were it written at greater length and in more detail. The food of the gods has aged much better than some of H. G. Wells' other works.
  • Joel Julian
    This was a bit of a mixed bag. The book is split into 4 smaller "books" which in turn are split into chapters and they too are divided into mini chapters.The Food Of The Gods begins with 2 scientists who stumble across a formula  for a food that will make the consumer grow gigantic (they call it "Herakleophorbia 4", the public call it "Boom Food" and the narrator refers to it as "The Food Of The Gods"). This has modest beginnings in the form of ...
  • Andrey Reshetnikov
    This time Wells brings forth the idea of a conflict between the established order and the developing new world. Creation of a new type of food accelerates the process of growth and makes all animate immature beings grow bigger. These organisms expand to the dimensions unacceptable to the humanity being made quite little in comparison.‘Scientific’ part of the novel is the discovery of substance which was supposed to solve the problem related t...
  • James
    As always an excellently written book by Wells. In part lands in Science Fiction, part Horror, part Dystophian Future. The first two parts fit wonderfully into the horror genre, describing the huge animals, hunting and large plants.Within the story is a word of warning for potential things to come. Looking at and exploring the dangers of scientific farms, testing and the potentials of a small leak to have great ramifications nationally and ultima...
  • Data
    I know it's supposed to teach us a lesson, but I laughed out loud at this book. Thoroughly entertaining!
  • Alexis
    H.G. Wells is a very well known science fiction writer, and many people will be aware of his most famous tales. I have read a few of his books, and was surprised to come across this one in the library as I have never heard of it. I'm not sure why this one has slipped into obscurity because, in my opinion, it's up there with his best.This is a story about a couple of scientists who make a substance, the Food of the Gods, which can make things grow...
  • Vicious
    I picked this book off the library shelves having only once heard the title before, and that connected to a cheesy horror film from the 70s, about giant rats.The introduction to the book actually apologizes for Wells' more "casual" tone to the story, and the lack of the "lyrical" style he brought to the War of the Worlds or the Time Machine. With those two things in mind, I dove it, with my nose held.This book was #$%@ing fantastic. Couched in th...
  • Robert Griffin
    I normally have very few issues reading any classics, but this book was very challenging for me. Seems like there was such a great departure in style from the other HG Wells novels I have read.The book is littered with run-on sentences, what seemed like endless comma hyphenation in some sentences/paragraphs, and half-sentences where the sentence is cut off and the other party in the conversation is having to infer the rest of the sentence from th...
  • Gordon Houghton
    Not Wells' most tightly-written work, nor his most interesting, Food of the Gods is still worth reading for any fan of his novels. Stylistically, it begins somewhere between Dickens and Barbara Pym, a peculiar narrative tone that sits uneasily with the rest of his books. Coupled with a cast of almost trivial comic caricatures and a few embarrassingly hackneyed accents, it isn't a promising start. About two-thirds of the way through, however, the ...
  • Cristina
    Challenge: The First Book You See In A BookstoreA Book Chosen Solely Off Its CoverThe Food of the Gods is about two scientists who create a growth chemical that is unleashed upon the public in disastrous ways. The story is divided between three "books" beginning with the creation with growth chemical and the other two focused on the children who were exposed to the "food" and the lasting impact gigantism has on society and how creating this new r...
  • Sean Bennett
    I am usually a huge fan of H.G. Wells and other classic science fiction in general but this particular story was somewhat of a disappointment. As with most of Wells' works the settings and people who populate them are all well characterised but the plot itself is jumbled and hard to follow, often switching between people, time periods, or both. What little I could grasp of the plot was this: buy some method, humans discover a substance that cause...
  • Mohamed Osman
    عندما يمضي علي صدور الرواية أكثر من مائة عام ولا تزال ساحرة ، فإتها حقا كتبت بيد عبقري ، الرواية ممتعة لمحبي مؤلفات هربرت جورج ويلز و لمحبي الخيال العلمي ،و ذلك بغض النظر عن أن الفكرة الأساسية التي تقوم عليها الرواية تخالف المنطق العلمي ، لكن مع ذلك...
  • Peter E. Frangel
    "There is his imagination to be fed. That, after all, is the crown of every education. The crown — as sound habits of mind and conduct are the throne. No imagination at all is brutality; a base imagination is lust and cowardice; but a noble imagination is God walking the earth again."
  • Rachel
    Great book; very interesting overlap with current fears of GMO becoming more prevalent in our foods...
  • Erin
    Again, another book by Wells that is a little boring, but the concept is just amazing considering what time period it was he wrote this book. He was a man with one foot into the future.
  • Bruce
    Heraklophorbia IV, the nane insisted upon by Bensington, one of the inventing scientists- call here, " The Food of the Gods". Bensington and Redwood, the scientists, the inventors " rose to eminence- I do not clearly remember how he ( Redwood) rose to eminence. I know he was very eminent, and that's all". Their invention- later to be called "Boomfood" and its unique ability to increase " the amount of growth to six or seven times, and it did not ...
  • R. J. Random
    Quien más y quien menos, conoce a Wells. Bien sea de oidas, por haber visto alguna película basada en sus relatos, haber leido algún reportaje...Era mi caso. Conocía a Wells, pero no de primera mano. No había lo habia leido.Afortunadamente, eso esta remediandose y esta ha sido mi primera experiencia directa. ¿Qué decir? pues que me ha encantado. ¡Qué bien escribió este señor hace más de un siglo!Tan bien, que a pesar de la distancia t...
  • Alfredo
    "The Food of the Gods" by H.G. Wells is the story of two scientists (Redwood and Bensington) who create an experiment called Herakleophorbia IV (or "the food of the Gods"), and whose effects are the acceleration of growth of living things. In other words, it makes possible for any creature and plant to grow in a gigantic form (about six time their normal size). The story is divided in three parts, the first one talks about the experiment and how ...
  • Andy Ritchie
    Certainly not the best of H.G.Wells' 'Big Eight' sci-fi classics (I've recently read War of the Worlds, Invisible Man, First Men in the Moon, Island of Doctor Moreau and Time Machine and, still to be read, In the Days of the Comet and The Shape of Things To Come).The concept is intriguing (as you'd expect from Wells) - a new substance is created which enables anything (plants, insects, animals, people) to grow to an extraordinary size - but where...