I really hope someone can help me. There is a book I read years ago and cannot remember the name of it but would love to read it again.

If I remember correctly it was about people living in a tree and they would get into a bubble or something like that to move up the tree. People thought they were dying but it turns out they were moving up a level in life.

Apparently the same author wrote a story about someone digging up an old teacup handle that is about 3 meters long but it turns out the human race was modified and are now tiny.

Hope I haven't made all this up because they sound like crazy ramblings.


  • how many years ago did you read it? roughly.
    – user14898
    Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 10:49
  • More than 10 years ago
    – Lucy
    Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 12:04
  • He also wrote a book about a man who was hundreds times normal human size, but everything around him was to scale. He could only tell he was huge because he was wearing size 1,000,000 pants. Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 12:29
  • "Digging up a teacup handle" is a specific plot point in the novel "Manalone" by Colin Kapp, though it was only a factor of 3, as humans had been bred down to 1/3rd size to reduce resources required.
    – OmnivoreNZ
    Commented Jul 27, 2022 at 2:36

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This would be Hothouse, written by Brian Aldiss in 1962. The novel was originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and was released in the US as an abridged version at first, called The Long Afternoon of Earth.

There is a plethora of evolved animal-like plants existing in a far future, tidally locked Earth that has become a massive jungle. The future form of humanity is tiny and green-skinned. The transparent seed casings you remember are carried entirely away from earth to the moon by mobile spider plants, and the people who seal themselves within them do undergo something of an angelic transformation, though it is described as a mutation caused by space radiation. One particular twist that I remember, though the Wikipedia article does not mention it, is that

The 'morel', a fungus that boosts the intelligence of the rider it parasitizes, once commonly inhabited all humans, which accounted for their comparitively high intelligence in the distant past. The character Gren learns this while in communication with the morel that occupies him.

The book has been reissued periodically, with the most recent edition in 2008-9, and was adapted into a comic called Hom.

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    As to your 'crazy ramblings'--don't worry, James Blish basically accused the author himself of the same thing. :) Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 14:36
  • Thank you so much guys! You've made my absolute night.
    – Lucy
    Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 14:44
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    If the answer works for you, accept it by selecting the check mark next to it. Happy reading! Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 14:50

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