The story was about the human beings becoming too "static" in evolutionary terms. A scientist engineers much smaller human beings, that in their infancy are "about an inch high" (IIRC). This is, he says, to have the best ratio between the nervous system and the body they have to control.

This new race proves to be extremely smart, telepathic, and of course there's a military bad guy that opposes the project. There are also three other bad guys, which are the typical not-so-smart-bad-guys, that in the very end

get caught by the small humans and have their heads cut off.

Also at the end, something that I consider very silly is found out:

the small humans have formed their own civilization, which is under control of a giant brain that they have built.

Any suggestion as to the title?

EDIT: Adding details to answer the comment, I've read it in the early 90s, but I think it was from the 80s. It was a full novel, and I think it was aimed at adults (but I was only 14 at the time).

  • When did you read it? How old is the story? Is it a short story, novella or full novel? Is it aimed at adults?
    – Moogle
    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:25
  • I've edited the question, thank you :-)
    – ChatterOne
    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:34
  • have their head cut Heads cut off?
    – Mithical
    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:38
  • @Mithrandir Yes, I clearly remember that these guys, possibly two men and a woman were captured, put on a medical bed, anesthetized, and the cutting of the head was described in only a few lines as extremely clean.
    – ChatterOne
    Feb 16, 2016 at 11:11
  • I think I have a book (and possibly a sequel) whose title includes "Micronauts". A quick Google search turns up a lot of stuff related to the toys of the same name, and I don't have time here at work to sort through all that. The book were from the 70s or early 80s. Ah, here is the series: goodreads.com/series/57826-the-micronauts
    – LAK
    Feb 16, 2016 at 15:02

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I have the first two books in a trilogy by Gordon Williams, published in the late 70s. The series is described here. My only memories of the plot are that it was not related to the Mirconauts toys, and it involved miniature people.

Summary for first book, The Micronauts:

Earth's resources were exhausted. Civilization had collapsed. Food was a luxury in a world poisoned by chemical wastes and doomed by uncontrollable violence. Man's last hope was Project Arcadia, the bizarre experiment submitted to by a group of dedicated scientists. They were the new pioneers, risking their own lives to explore the strangest land that ever existed.

Book cover


I believe it is Hellstrom's Hive you are looking for.

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    Why and how? Could you elaborate please? Even provide a link and a bio.
    – Möoz
    Oct 24, 2017 at 23:56

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