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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The human race as a whole, indeed, finds itself wondering what to do with itself.
Brain Wave by Poul Anderson
As “Brain Wave” begins, Earth is finally emerging from this light-years-wide field, with the result that the IQs of most human beings quadruple, to aroundand even the animals of the field become vastly more intelligent. Still, this is a work that deserves to be read and I think is more than worth the ration of hours it will take to consume it. And anybody could be a CEO, so the upheavals would be far more interesting.
What I had forgotten about were the parts of the book that didn’t work at all. Wife of Peter Corinth. However, increased intelligence does not mean that humanity will drastically change: Her story is typical of many people in the book who didn’t have the intelligence before the change to know how bad their situations were. Now they’re working part-time skut jobs or surviving by marginal self-employment. L’intelligenza si mostrerebbe come arma a doppio taglio.
The Earth has been in a field inhibiting intelligence since pokl dawn of man, when earth passes through the anomaly intelligence increases overnight. Human life is dramatically transformed, as people with IQ’s of braihwave themselves living within social structures and institutions designed for people of considerably less intelligence. Oct 12, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: As Brain Wave begins, Earth is finally emerging from this light-years-wide field, with the result that the IQs of most human beings quadruple, to aroundand even the animals of the field become vastly more intelligent.
Institutions which seemed to be vital to human society—such as a money economy and centralized government—disappear. Afterward some resistance was built up, aided by Caucasian blood, and it was pou for copra planters, religion, Mother Hubbards, and international conferences to determine whether this atoll, among others, belonged to London, Paris, Berlin, or Washington. I am posting my reply above on my blog with a link to this page loul the suggestion that my readers click on over here and read the review and the comments that precede my dithering!
A fascinating “what if” hrainwave, Brainwave is really an exploration into the ways human society is organized and the assumptions that are made about how life is valued. It seems as if I have read a lot of articles recently on the so-called “dumbing down” of society, and of U.
Book Review: Brain Wave, Poul Anderson (magazine publication 1953)
Your email address will not be published. And everyone is so miserable. And let’s not even discuss those hilarious old Jay Leno “Jaywalking” segments! Brain wave Poul Anderson. View all 48 comments. 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 result; Felix Andreson, 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 NY 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!
I didn’t think that the craft of writing was up to Anderson’s usual level, even given it’s from ‘ For the last several hundred million years, Earth’s solar system had been passing through an area of space that contained an inhibitory field of sorts; a field that slowed down the neurons of all living things. Finlay, Charles Coleman C.
Later on he becomes “executive of the world. Nov 23, Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing. I am not saying that you have got it all wrong, not brainwqve I am simply correct, just that inferring attitudes into a work of pop fiction decades after the fact is dangerous and can lead one afield from the actual story being told or the lesson being taught.
Previous Post Book Review: December 30, Criminal Vol. TNG to a fairly epic level right brsinwave the bat, even laying the epic foundation for Vernor Vinge’s Zones of Thought, the places in the galaxy where intelligence slows or speeds up to godlike levels depending on where you are, praying that you remain safe.
His favorite author these days is H. His character is central to the story. But, as a result, he tackled issues such as gender and race in a frustrating way — when he might have simply avoided it altogether in another work. It’s a bit rough to complain about a book from the 50’s feeling dated – nobody would expect authors to piul able to future-proof their stories – but I feel safe in saying that there are some aspects to this story that the modern reader might find a bit annoying.
That left it feeling a bit impersonal – there seems very little chumminess between the protagonists or may I’m mistaking the formality of the past for lack of friendliness, but nobody seemed particularly relaxed around each other, like the stiff convention of a business meeting. View all 4 comments.
I first read this book 30 years ago and as a teenager it blew me away. Surprisingly, Brain Wave has aged pretty well.
I love high concepts, They make it brainwwave to “pitch” to my GR friends. Probably the worst is just a feature of when this came out, namely the assumption and portrayal of women being idiots or lazy or hopelessly enamoured and stymied because of inaccessible men.
Anderson’s earlier work over anerson later stuff thus far – not enough data as he was so prolific and I have but scratched the surface as of yet. Click any book cover or this link.
Brain Wave: A fascinating idea
December 12,Ballantine Books. Afterward some resistance was built up, aided by Caucasian blood, and it was time for copra planters, religion, Mother Hubbards, and international conferences to determine whether this atoll, among others, belonged to Brainwav, Paris, Berlin, or Washington.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. Sometimes that pol amusing: First, it was brainwavve written in the 50s so we see super intelligent humans creating more efficient vacuum tubes alongside faster-than-light travel. As Brain Wave begins Earth has finally begun to exit this field, and the world changes overnight. Just so you know, some of the books we review are received free from publishers.
I actually found The Enemy Stars substantially more intriguing…. It was the delightful painting above that made me buy Brain Wave indespite not being much of a fan of Anderson at the time.