Beyond the Vanishing Point by Ray Cummings

By Ray Cummings

Ray Cummings used to be a twentieth century American writer who was once influential within the technology fiction style. His paintings seemed in a number of pulp fiction courses throughout the 1900s.

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The laboratory was a hideous chaos. They were aware of its outer door opening, disclosing the figure of Polter who, undoubtedly, had been attracted by the noise. He shouted a startled oath. Alan heard it above the beating wings of the monstrous fly. Things lurched at the opened door; Polter banged it upon them and rushed away, shouting the alarm through the palace. Dr. Kent was stammering, "Not the enlarging drug, Glora, child, the other! " Alan helped Glora with the opalescent vial. Things were lurching toward this room, from the laboratory.

After all these years, let me be with him, just for a little while. " "Hah! " "Scheming? You think, my little Babs, that he has the drugs? I am not so much a fool. He makes them. He can do that. And that last secret reaction, only he can perform. He iss stubborn. Never would he tell me that one reaction. " "No, Dr. Polter! " The old man's broken voice floated up to us. " "No. Fear nothing. " The tones carried hopeless resignation, years of being beaten down, rebelling-but now this last blow vanquished him.

We had dropped into that six-foot pit. Had we waited a few moments longer, the depth would have been a hundred feet, two hundred, a thousand! It would have involved hours of arduous descent-if we had lingered until we were a trifle smaller! We took other pellets. We traveled perhaps an hour more. There were many instances of Glora's skill. We squeezed into a gully and waited until it widened; we leapt over expanding caverns; we slid down a smooth yellowish slide of rocks, and saw it behind and over us, rising to become a great spreading ramp extending upward into the blue of the sky.

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