“The head was very large and hairless; it had bulging brows, and no ears. The eyes were large, winkless; the nose well defined; but the lower part of the face and mouth ran into the small round body with no sign of a chin. Its legs hung down, skinny, flabby; and the arms were more like short tentacles reaching down from where the head and body came together.” Francis Flagg, “The Machine Man of Ardathia,” Amazing Stories, Nov. 1927.
“[T]he Martians may be descended from beings not unlike ourselves, by a gradual development of brain and hands (the latter giving rise to two tentacles at last) at the expense of the rest of the body.” HG Wells, War of the Worlds.
“What give me a turn, though, was the chap’s arms and hands. There was only two of ‘em, thank God, but they was long and wavy, just like on a devilfish, and they ended in five fingers, but the fingers was also long and wavy an’ could curly any which way. And the creature could pull in its arms, till they was a foot long.” Nat Schachner and Arthur Leo Zagat, “In 20,000 ad.” Wonder Stories, September 1930.
“Nothing mattered in a man’s body but his brains. Gradually machinery had replaced muscle as a means of attaining man’s desire on earth.” David H. Keller, “The Revolt of the Pedestrians,” Amazing Stories, Feb. 1928.
“Great hands they have, enormous brains…. Their whole muscular system, their legs, their abdomens, are shriveled to nothing, a dangling, degraded pendant to their minds.” HG Wells, “The Man of the Year Million”