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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Even pulpish at times which of course can be fun. He seems to be gently suggesting that being catapulted into genius level intelligence isn’t everything its cracked up to be and for some people a degree of ignorance may be warranted. Thank you for your support! We I really loved this book after I finished it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He received numerous awards for brsinwave writing, including seven Hugo Awards brainwwave three Nebula Awards.

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I love high concepts, They make it easier to “pitch” to my GR friends. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

A number of points of view are covered, from the view of scientists to the everyman out in the country. I dunno, but it seems like most of you are inferring a helluva lot: The creatures that survived passed brinwave their genes for sufficiently capable neurons to deal with the new circumstance.

By the way, this review initially appeared on the FanLit website at http: I read it a few years ago but remember feeling as though some plot threads were cut short. Now imagine that over the course of a few days the intelligence of every human and every animal on Earth expanded to four or five times their current level.

From what I hear, this is a common problem with early sci-fi—the women characters are, to put it nicely, cardboard. An observation like this would not have been out andersno place in the musings of First Lieutenant John J.


Brain Wave: A fascinating idea

Brainwve easy to forget brainwace words like ‘moron’ and ‘imbecile’ were once acceptable terms for people of less-than-average intelligence.

Meanwhile apes join revolutions in Africa while rabbits and pigs use their newly sharpened wits to escape from human traps and cages. Go to the editions section to read or download ebooks. A number of reviewers have speculated that Brain Wave was heavily edited. One could argue that Anderson is perpetrating 50s views of the housewife who does not participate in anyway with the intellectual life of the husband.

His character is central to the story. Our attitude toward gender and racial stereotypes has changed quite a lot in the last 60 years or so.

It reminds me of a cruder attempt — that movie where John Travolta becomes a genius from brain cancer. Their [white Europeans] big white-winged canoes stopped only a few times at this island, which was not an important one, but nonetheless faithfully discharged their usual cargo of smallpox, measles, and tuberculosis. While everyone around him leaves the rural landscape in search of ways to apply their new knowledge, Archie — with his increased intelligence — is content to remain on the farm tending the animals.

I’d hate to think that these stories have a basis in reality, but still, consider the facts: Within weeks all animal life on Earth becomes about 5 times as intelligent.

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Brain wave Poul Anderson. Just deal with the bad editing and other flaws and enjoy the good points. If you continue on this site without clicking the button, I assume that you have read this and are happy to receive those cookies. Halfway through the book he has taken over the farm that he worked on and, with the aid of his dog who now understands simple English and some escaped circus animals two chimps and an elephantthey successfully run the farm together.


So I found that in reading slower I spent more time thinking of the implications. Other than that, I do think the basic premise is pretty damn awesome and I’d love to adnerson a whole team ahderson authors from all over the world try to tackle this issue seriously and creatively, not just an admittedly awesome author writing from from a narrow cultural viewpoint.

Brain Wave – Wikipedia

It is also a novel about equality and what happens when the hierarchical structures by which we arrange our daily lives disappear. Even indoors, he could hear it grinding against the shore, tumbling rocks, grinding away the world like the teeth of time.

He was never as politically-minded as Heinlein and his prose is not as slick and stylish as Vance or Zelazny. O nascerebbero solo nuovi problemi? After the change he experiences an emotional battle to stay loyal to his wife, although he has feelings for another woman in his office. Jun 07, Sandy rated it really liked it. 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.

He takes over the farm that he worked on as a common amderson and, with the aid of his dog and some escaped circus animals, successfully run the farm.

I also found the attempt to translate the new form of communication into dialog clunky and stilted. He was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.