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Kirby. Kirby was created by G. Peyton Wertenbaker and appeared in “The Man from the Atom” (Science and Invention, Aug. 1923) and “The Man From the Atom” (Amazing Stories, May 1926).

Kirby is the friend of inventor and scientist Professor Martyn, who has invented a device which gives its bearer the ability to increase or decrease its size. Kirby puts on the device, a box, and turns it on, increasing in size. He soon dwarfs not just the Earth and the solar system, but our universe itself, which is only an atom in a larger macroverse. In the new universe he meets intelligent aliens on another planet. In the sequel he encounters a sexist alien society and discovers that the universe is cyclical.

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