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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on poul anderson’s brain wave – Neal Umphred Dot Com

It is also a novel about equality and what happens when the hierarchical structures anderdon which we arrange our daily lives disappear.

June Cleaver may appear a cipher, a joke, to us today but she was an accurately depicted all-Ameerican [white] Mom, if ovely idealized. There are multiple issues with the novel.

Finally it seemed that humanity would be able to solve its petty problems and rivalries and work together toward an enlightened state of being. I buy every used copy that I find and hand them out to non-science fiction readers and have yet to be disappointed with the response. We humans and animals here on Earth had been impaired for many millennia by some cosmic field. In the end, when nearly all the humans leave Earth, he decides to stay behind as leader of a colony of now sentient animals and formerly mentally disabled people.

Edited by Anand Chitipothu. It would have been fun to see the view of a family parents and kids but kids are hardly mentioned at all, the story sticking mostly to adults working individually or with their work colleagues.

I still think the premise is a first-class idea: A rabbit andreson understands how to open the gate on a trap it has just walked into and foxes learn how to open the latched door of the chicken coop. Peter Corinth, a physicist at the NYC-based Rossman Institute, a think tank that is one of the first to discover the reason for humanity’s great change; Sheila Corinth, Peter’s wife, who cannot adapt to her newfound brain power and suffers a literal mental breakdown as a amderson Felix Mandelbaum, a labor organizer who rises to prominence after the great change engenders a host of world-altering dilemmas; Nat Lewis, a Rossman biologist; and finally, Archie Brock, a mental simpleton before the change, but now left in charge of millionaire Rossman’s upstate ;oul farm, seeing to the suddenly rebellious pigs and cows for some reason, those attacking farm animals brought to my mind the similar ferocious domestic critters in the sci-fi film “Beast With a Million Eyes” with the assistance of some escaped circus animals–an elephant and two chimpanzees!


He anderskn one of the masters at integrating social commentary often on the impact of future technology into the framework of the early Cold War influenced SF story without unduly weighing it down.

Works by Poul Anderson. It just could have been so much more. Posit a galactic field that reduced our ability to think.

He was never as politically-minded as Heinlein and his prose is not as slick and stylish as Vance or Zelazny. He seems to be suggesting that laborers are not as smart as scientists, which is kind of pretentious and certainly not accurate.

This is a pretty good piece of speculative fiction, the idea taken to its the limit. I have added an appendix to this version of this article. It’s an good reminder of the evolution of language, but still uncomfortable. Animali che, consci di essere schiavi, si ribellerebbero quasi sempre. Last edited by Clean Up Bot.

Oct 12, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Referring back to that aforementioned blurb again the “panoramic story” part refers to a multiple viewpoints structure which allows the author to create a detailed post-IQ boost world. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. I preferred Heinlein,which might or might not be saying something,but he had a more powerful storytelling style.


It follows several characters of varying mental capacity and shows the effects of their skyrocketing IQs on their individual spirits and souls. Although with the previous economy in shambles there isn’t as much incentive to trick smart people into elaborate Ponzi schemes you have to figure there’s always going to be people willing to prey on others nor does he deal with psychopaths also suddenly becoming geniuses, although it feels like every psychopath in literature already is one and there could be an interesting book in hyper-intelligent criminals engaged in a war of wits with hyper-intelligent cops.

I read this for a local sf club. Frankly, my review for this book would be mostly about how terrible I thought “Flowers for Algernon” was. Schuyler Miller described Brain Wave as “a brilliant idea that somehow doesn’t quite come off.

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

At first it seems that the increased intelligence does more harm than good, as those in menial jobs like garbage collecting or janitorial work no longer want to do them. I would suggest that you read this one anyway…. If you have not readed this novel yet I recommend it to all the science fiction readers. Brain neurons fire more rapidly, and as a result, they all become smarter.

Surprisingly, Brain Wave has aged pretty well.