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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Brain Wave is about every living creature in the world suddenly having their intellect more than quadrupled.

on poul anderson’s brain wave

Yes, Poul Anderson should have taken the perennial advice given to rural youth since time immemorial: A schoolteacher friend of mine was remarking just the other day how poor his grade-school kids are at problem solving; a wave of anti-intellectualism seems to be gaining traction; and I’ve noticed that half the folks during my NYC subway commute are either playing “Candy Crush” or are engaged in some other video game, rather than reading a book or newspaper, as would have been the case 10 years ago.

I found it fascinating! At pages, it can be a quick read. I still think the premise is a first-class idea: The first perspective is that of Peter Corinth, a physicist in New York City and a genius by pre-change standards.

Somehow, a personality that was not adept to research or critical thinking was able to dive into it after being injected with magical science goo. I think you’d retain your original suite of head-programs, but vastly upgrade them, and maybe write some new programs as well.


A great idea to explore anverson get really excited about, coupled with a great story for the personal impact? Preview — Brain Wave by Poul Anderson.

Anderson had said that he could consider it one of his top five books [1] This is one of many science fiction works written at this time on the theme of heightened intelligence. I am hardly the first reader to acknowledge that the book is a little on the short side, especially for a story so universal in scope and far reaching in consequence. They know their lot in life now and rebel against it.

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Persone pouul fortunate che diventano sveglie. One of my favourite and perhaps masochistic parts of reading older sci-fi works is looking for the anachronistic clangers so common to books written in the mid 20th Century – tape decks being used in far-future century Martian colonies, physical letters being delivered by hand in the yearthe nonexistence or subservience of female characters- that kind of thing.

This was a bit too much for me, both overly melodramatic and boringly technical. Long considered a classic of sorts, today, Brain Wave seems to enjoy a mixed reputation. Poul Anderson tells this story from two different perspectives: Perhaps Braibwave harped a bit too much on his 50s attitudes. I like his explanation not infodump of how this Brain Wave came about, for Brainwae Zero fans often cited as Anderson’s best book there is a little subplot that does something different with the runaway spaceship idea.

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

Much of the rest of the book focuses on Corinth and how he and his coworkers struggle to find meaning in their lives and help rebuild society. Andreson 25,IBooks, Inc.

I realized part way though why I was reading this book so slowly. Of course, it wasso I guess he can be forgiven for having a snobbish view of intelligence.


Want to help us defray the cost of domains, hosting, software, and postage? Ceux qui s’en sortent le anderzon ne sont pas ceux que andwrson pourrait croire Also, the book is only pages and while it addresses some interesting topics, such as what effect increased intelligence would have on religion and what is going on around the world, it never goes into these topics with much depth. It also happened in Poul Anderson’s Tau Zero, which was also a great novel in all respects except this.

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I first read this book 30 years ago and as a teenager it blew me away. Best of the Years Fun! I’d hate to think that these andersoon have a basis in reality, but still, consider the facts: It is also a novel about equality and what happens when the hierarchical structures by which we arrange our daily lives disappear.

Institutions which seemed to be vital to human society—such as a money economy and centralized government—disappear. Schuyler Brainsave described Brain Wave as “a brilliant idea that somehow doesn’t quite come off.

However, the author actually develops the first wife, Sheila, quite substantially and considerately and even gives her a whole profound character arc. So he chooses Helga as next-best girl.

I could make a good case that unhappiness in the very intelligent comes from being alone and unfulfilled. Orbit Unlimited New America.