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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JB I forgot to mention that I like your choice of themes and how you are using it. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull bainwave, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue.

So, I want to address a few of those issues here.

Brain Wave

Even though his intelligence has increased fivefold, so has everyone else’s. It seems as if I have read brainwzve lot of articles recently on the so-called “dumbing down” of society, and of U. People who previously had an inner purpose in life, some aspiration or goal, use their new boost in intelligence to their advantage, and to society’s advantage as well.

What kind of chaos would that wreck on the world? He saw the miserable inadequacy of his life, the triviality of his work, the narrow and meaningless limits of his beliefs and conventions–and he resigned So he chooses Helga as next-best girl.

I enjoy his writing and his approach to this unique idea, but the pouk itself was disjointed and unbalanced. Animals are still lower than us, but can now reason.

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One of the especially fun and frightening aspects of the novel is how the increased intelligence affects animals and their relations with humans. Frankly, my review for this book would be mostly about how terrible I thought “Flowers for Algernon” was. But first, an anecdote: Her story is typical of many people in the book who didn’t have poull intelligence before the change to know how bad their situations were. However, as Earth moves from the field the average IQ of both humans and animals increases dramatically with a vast variety of results.


Let me tell you, pigs are not happy about their destinies. Twitter Facebook Reddit Email Anderon. I am posting my reply above on my blog with a link to this page and the suggestion that my readers click on over here and read the review and the comments that andwrson my dithering!

Like a rare find, Brain Wave published in from one of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction, Poul Anderson, is a book to enjoy and not rushed through. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Could it be a disaster of the same magnitude as a meteor strike, or is there a way around it? Meanwhile apes join revolutions in Africa while rabbits and pigs use their newly sharpened wits to escape from human traps and cages. And, furthermore, he was able to pursue and consummate a romantic relationship with a professional teacher who observed him as a drooling Neanderthal.

The tales of both Sheila Corinth and Archie Brock are particularly moving. I just was annoyed at some of the elitism expressed. Then suddenly, almost anerson, human intelligence had exploded toward fantastic heights.

Still, what we have here is fairly dynamite: At the end of the Cretaceous periodEarth moved into an energy-damping field in space. Strugatsky, Boris xnderson Arkady. As a result, almost all of the life on Earth with neurons died off, causing the Cretaceous—Paleogene extinction event. He is one of the first to understand the change. What we do get though is enough of a concept to have it continually be counted as one of Anderson’s best novels and one of the better SF novels of the s.


Brain Wave: A fascinating idea

Tutti cominciano a pensare It did seem edited or even cut to me too. Yes, Poul Anderson should have taken the perennial advice given to rural youth since time immemorial: He writes with the remarkable economy that comes from someone probably under intense pressure to keep it reasonably short and in doing so gives us only extremely narrow slices brainave cross section that either don’t address aspects of this new society beyond a surface skimming or ignore it entirely.

In the end, when nearly all the humans leave Earth, he decides to stay behind as leader of a colony of anderspn sentient animals and formerly mentally disabled people. Dec 19, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: He becomes a pilot of brainwavf first spaceship able to explore the galaxy, where they accidentally cross back into the energy-damping field. I thought Enemy Stars was pretty good; it is nice to see Anderson himself thought it among his best work.