Brain Wave [Poul Anderson, Tom Weiner] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For millions of years, the part of the galaxy containing our solar. So Brain Wave’s brevity can in all likelihood be attributed to editorial requirements of the time that shackled SF writers’ imaginations to guidelines dictated by the. (Richard Powers’ cover for the edition) /5 (Vaguely Good) I have long been a fan of Poul Anderson’s functionalist yet engaging SF.

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In addition to the unfortunate lack of full idea development, I found the ending, while good, to be not quite as wowza as I would have liked. What happens when the ranks of Mensa could be expanded to include, oh, everyone?

I like his explanation not infodump of how this Brain Wave came about, for Tau Zero fans often cited as Anderson’s best book there is a little subplot that does something different with the runaway spaceship idea. Weiner has a great voice for old science fiction.

L’intelligenza si mostrerebbe come arma a doppio taglio. Somewhat pressed for space I know I’ve talked about enjoying the density of s SF novels but at pages this one seems absurdly compressed for the concept he divides the book into roughly three sets of people that all intersect at various points.

That is, in short, the premise of master science fiction novelist Poul Anderson’s debut work, Brainwave. Rider Haggardwith whom he feels a strange kinship — although Sandy is not English or a manored gentleman of the 19th century — and his favorite reading matter consists of sci-fi, fantasy and horror I agreed with Anderson on a couple of important points — a new psychology would be needed for a human race that is smarter than ours.

More by Poul Anderson. So what if the new standard is higher across the board? I reread it every few years, and have even thought about taking the basic idea of a sudden increase in IQ across the board, and doing something more believable with it. Jun 07, Sandy rated it really liked it. I can imagine that an editor would find portions of them easy to cut out of the published version. Overall the concept of the story is interesting – what if everyone were suddenly super smart?


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SF : Brain Wave / Poul Anderson ★★★

Brain Wave is about every living creature in the world suddenly having their intellect more than quadrupled. Now in modern times the sAnerson moves out of the field. It doesn’t change just because of our IQ. Anderson apparently never tried to build a house, rebuild a car engine, create a musical instrument or plant and harvest a crop, or he would have known better.

I always saw Poul Anderson as stodgy—an old guy. I dunno, but it seems like most of you are inferring a helluva lot: Life in a society of geniuses – comprised of a general public able to see through the nasty political propaganda swamping us and the self-destructive work and consumption habits that our society currently champions – sounds pretty good to me.

Okay, I am being a little harsh.

You know, like maintaining simple commerce or getting things done. An entire new cosmos opened before this braindave, visions, realizations, thought boiling unbidden within him.

andersonn While this is not a post-apocalypse world anderaon does have a similar feel to it, with government breaking down, people deserting their jobs, and pigs attacking people! However, Poul Anderson is one of sf’s all-time greats, and here he managed to spin out a lot of imaginative yet entirely believable ramifications from such an event.

Within weeks all animal life on Earth becomes about 5 times as intelligent. Our attitude toward gender and racial stereotypes has changed quite a lot in the last 60 years or so. Winners are announced in the comments.

Current Giveaways Our favorite books of Giveaway! Oh, like the assumption that with great intelligence the desire to prolong your own survival goes away. Also, as is so frequently the case in older sci-fi, the women were either wives or secretaries.

Anderson’s characters are fully realized and his descriptions of the loss and displacement caused by everyone on earth, animals included, having their IQ suddenly and drastically increase, are detailed and moving. Grimwood, Pojl Courtenay Jonathan. What I had forgotten about were the parts of the book that didn’t work at all. He married Karen Kruse in Reviewer Groff Conklin praised the novel as an “original idea.


A number of reviewers have speculated that Brain Wave was heavily andrson.

Book Review: Brain Wave, Poul Anderson (magazine publication 1953)

Yes, Poul Anderson should have taken the perennial advice given to rural youth since anverson immemorial: Civilization takes a huge hit as societies fall when the citizens question their governments. Persone meno fortunate che diventano sveglie. Thanks for the flashback. Previous Post Previous the bright white light of the bike. Ward Cleaver was an idealized father-figure who only escaped stereotype because nobody knows anybody that had a father that brainwae as wise, as understanding, as tolerant, and as aware!

Here’s where Anderson does his best to explore what would happen if everyone becomes super-smart and while you could quibbles with some of the particulars like nobody wanting to do menial labor anymore I understand that maybe geniuses don’t want to be dishwashers or janitors but wouldn’t they be more interested in finding smarter ways to accomplish that stuff.

Oddly, my previous view of Anderson as an aging Republican was somewhat tempered by Brain Wave: We’ve got half of this.

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A number of points of view are covered, from the view of scientists to the everyman out in the country. The cover art has that certain solid utilitarian look of socialist art of the s.

Cancel reply Enter your comment here Poul Anderson should have stayed down on the farm. The tales of both Sheila Corinth and Archie Brock are particularly moving.

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