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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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It was trite, it was tripe, it really did not have anything to say about the human psyche or how it would react to an increase of IQ.

As anddrson happens with re-reads, I discovered I was right about the parts of the book I remembered, for these were the parts that worked well. Maurai and Kith Orion Shall Rise. Anderson handles her scenes sensitively and her gradual downward arc annderson the closest the book gets at times to a tragically beating human heart, as she starts to lose her sanity. Pretty heady stuff for a supposed conservative in the s.

I always saw Poul Anderson as stodgy—an old guy.

Brain Wave

View all 10 comments. View all 3 comments. Anderson’s story holds up pretty well for a reader.

It is a struggle to andeerson a new balance in society. It’s easy to forget that words like ‘moron’ and ‘imbecile’ were once acceptable terms for people of less-than-average intelligence.


What if everyone suddenly just got smarter? You are commenting using your WordPress. 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. The other part a typical 50’s assumption from a time of economic opportunity is that only the “lower orders”- the mentally slow- will do the grunt work of society.

Brain Wave by Poul Anderson

Prendi milioni, centinaia di milioni, di persone che non hanno mai avuto, in tutta la loro vita, un solo pensiero originale, e all’improvviso il loro cervello si mette a correre a cento all’ora. Jun 07, Sandy rated it really liked it. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. That is, in short, the premise of master science fiction novelist Poul Anderson’s debut work, Brainwave.

The first problem is the characters — none are likeable or inherently interesting with the andeson exception of Archie Brock.

Cancel reply Enter your comment here Each of these characters experiences a large jump in IQ bgainwave causes a change in their circumstances. Back to the book: The first effect she goes through when the change begins is a philosophical realization that her life as a housewife is “better” than that of her non-conformist friends.

Although Brainwave has multiple points of view from around the world, some are very short and the book primarily focuses on two characters. Even indoors, he could hear it grinding against the shore, tumbling rocks, grinding away the world like the teeth of time.


And in a scene eerily reminiscent of Animal Farmandreson pigs break brainwaev of their pen and organize wnderson into an attack on the feed barn before escaping into the surrounding woods. Your email address will not be published. The idea that intelligence always indicates the type of job ones hold is simply not the case.

Throughout earth’s history, it has been in a region of the galaxy where some sort of force field has inhibited the activity of brain neurons.

Words for the intellectually disadvantaged have a very short half-life before they twist into insults, and any modern PC term is almost sure to become an insult itself some day. Apr 29, Kevin rated it really liked it. So, Brainsave want to address a few of those issues here. He becomes a pilot of the first spaceship able to explore the galaxy, where they accidentally cross back into the anderzon field.

In this novel Earth moves out of a field that had a dampening effect on the intelligence of all animals and people in the world.