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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You are commenting using your Pol account. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. And yes, there is, briefly, a monkey with a shotgun riding an elephant named Jumbo.

Was that a stretch for you? JB I forgot to mention that I like your choice of themes and how you are using it. The rest of the book focuses on a couple of scientists and their friends.

Fortunately for us the planet moves out of the field some time after WWII has ended, as the chances of everyone suddenly getting smarter while trying to make atomic weapons would realistically only end in a ballet of mushroom clouds trying to elbow each other out of the way like the elephants in Dumbo’s nightmare sequence instead of everyone stopping to go, “Hey, is this the best use of our time?

Andersen’s prose is as highly brxinwave as ever, his science background is once again put to good use.

Written in the mid fifties, this book postulates what would happen if the Earth emerged from a ray that dampens intelligence so we are all suddenly a lot smarter. Indeed, the final chapter even left me a little misty eyed. Winners are announced in the comments.

Brain Wave – Wikipedia

Brainwave Paperback in English. Brain Wave by Poul Anderson. Before long, laboratories everywhere were churning out incredible leaps in deductive reasoning.

Where the futility of your actions in the great empty universe are grasped subconsciously? Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel and Sean.


And the old domestic animals, the ones no longer too dumb to know any better: Anderson focuses his plot on a handful of lead characters. As it explores these individual impacts, andersoon also imagines how the country—and other countries—as whole cultures are affected.

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I would suggest that you read this one anyway…. Perhaps I harped a bit too much on his 50s attitudes. 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.

I found it fascinating! She brings her IQ down to aboutwith which she is more comfortable. I have a MUCH higher opinion of the book: I’d hate to think that these stories have a basis in reality, but still, consider the facts: Current Giveaways Our favorite books of Giveaway!

SF : Brain Wave / Poul Anderson ★★★

That aside, there are many beautiful descriptive, almost poetic prose at the start of each chapter, setting the scene. In his story, human civilization changes drastically, and mostly not in positive ways. Where the greatest works of art humanity had produced in history no longer stimulate the intellect?

It made everyone sound like s robots. By the way, this review initially appeared on the FanLit website at http: Schuyler Miller described Brain Wave as “a brilliant idea that somehow doesn’t quite come off. That alone would have made the book kind of fun and I wouldn’t have automatically turned down an entire novel watching farmers combating domestic animals gone wild but Anderson’s got a bit of a broader view than that. When Earth moves out of the field, he becomes a genius by pre-Change standards.

So ends my sorta rebuttal of Mr.

Brain Wave: A fascinating idea

Feb 01, Apatt rated it it was amazing. The author takes a premise and then explores it, waxing philosophical on how man they mean human beings but say ‘man is affected by it all. However this sudden smarts-boost brings more than philosophising and higher sudoku scores. While everyone around him leaves the rural landscape in search of ways to apply their new knowledge, Archie — with his increased intelligence — is content aanderson remain on the farm tending the animals.


Institutions which seemed to be vital to human society, such as a money economy and centralized government, disappear in North America; while Africans, with the assistance of chimpanzees, overcome colonial rule, and Chinese rebel against the Communist abderson. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

I read this for a local sf club.

As with so many novels, I thought the ending of Enemy Stars weakened the effort. A fascinating ‘what if novel, Brainwave is an exploration into the ways human society is organized and the assumptions that are made about how life is valued. Mystery and horror aboard a haunted spaceship Sunday Status Update: It seems to me that I favour P. I like the experimentation, the excesses, the joie de vivre of so many of the young writers at least, young then who entered the fray and brought so much of the spirit of the Sixties to their work.

Brain Wave by Poul Anderson. Want to help us defray the cost of domains, hosting, software, and postage? 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 precede my dithering! I guess I am in the minority here: The general effect is that “normal” and smart people act like they have Asperger’s syndrome. All over the world people began coming up with really good ideas.