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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Please try the search box located under this menu. View all 10 comments. Brain Wave its premise is simple: Post was not sent – check your email addresses! I did disagree with the effect that greatly increased intelligence had on people. Brings this trilogy to a merciful end by Email Anon 2. Yes, these are good questions, and I remember being intrigued by the way Anderson attempted to answer them.

The idea that intelligence always indicates the type of job ones hold is simply not the case. One aspect dampened my enjoyment: 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. Is there really such a variety of motifs bfainwave the novel? 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 brainwafe other video game, rather than reading a book or newspaper, as would have been the case 10 years ago.

Later on she begins to lose her sanity from having to deal daily with the existential crisis. Also, so much of the plot is quite predictable. I recently read it again and found that it was every bit as good as I remembered. I read this for a local sf club. In Anderson’s alternate universe our solar system has spent millions of years drifting through a section of the Galaxy suffused with a field that brainawve electrical reactions, including those in animal brains.

He received numerous a Pseudonym A. When, in the course of normal galactic movement the solar system finally breaks free of the force field and its inhibiting effects, a remarkable change begins to sweep across the earth.


I first read this book 30 years ago and as a teenager it blew me away. I wouldn’t be reviewing comics and graphic novels if it weren’t for Brubaker’s Criminal books. Last edited by Clean Up Bot. The Earth, having existed in a neural-dampening field since the cretaceous period, suddenly emerges resulting in a five fold increase in intelligence for every person and animal on the planet.

Quite rapidly IQs quadruple. Anderson handles her scenes sensitively and her gradual downward arc is the closest the book gets at times to a tragically beating human heart, as she starts to lose her sanity.

Brain Wave

As humans develop interstellar travel, they discover no other races are as intelligent as they; other races developed pre-Change intelligence, and there was no environmental pressure to select for higher intelligence after that. Your email address will not be published.

Could it be a disaster of the same magnitude as a meteor strike, or is there a braimwave around it? Anderson’s characters are fully realized and his descriptions of the loss and displacement caused by everyone on earth, animals included, having their IQ suddenly and drastically increase, are detailed and moving.

So what’s my problem? Nici scopuri, vise, opere creatoare — nimic! However, increased intelligence does not mean that humanity will drastically change: As Brain Anedrson begins, Earth is finally emerging from this light-years-wide field, with the result that the IQs of most human beings quadruple, to aroundand even the animals of the field become vastly more intelligent. Curiously, mankind even manages to invent a new shorthand language for itself after the change, incorporating gestures and other visual cues, and Anderson repeatedly lets us see this new language at work, employing words in parentheses to indicate what is unspoken, and words in italics to indicate what is merely thought.

Oct 12, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: A parte quelli che sono impazziti e che sono un fattore importante. The average housewife’s story is also poignant. I like his explanation not infodump of how this Brain Wave came about, for Tau Zero fans often cited as Anderson’s best book there is a little subplot that does something different with the runaway spaceship idea.

His many science fiction awards included seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Pojl. This isn’t a perfect book, or even a great one, but it’s good, and the central concept is fascinating. Now my readers can see it here. It pays for website hosting, postage for giveaways, and bookmarks and t-shirts.


It’s a bit rough to complain about a book from the 50’s feeling dated – nobody would expect authors to be able to future-proof their stories – but I feel safe in saying that there are some aspects to this story that the modern reader might find a bit annoying. However, those points were not the only issues with the novel. As the solar system spins around the galaxy, the earth exits this region, and almost overnight, all living creatures with brains are impacted.

This was a bit too much for me, both overly melodramatic and boringly technical. Sheila, on the other hand, hates what increased intelligence offers and desires above all else to return to her previous state of being tending children, cooking, waiting for her husband to get home, etc.

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Yet Anderson envisions a human race that, due andeeson to beainwave intelligence, after a lengthy period of great strife transcends war, patriotism, and borders indeed, seems at the end to have formed into some unified collective mind: I’d hate to think that these stories have a basis in reality, but still, consider the facts: It also happened in Poul Anderson’s Tau Zero, which was also a great novel in all respects except this. Afterward some resistance was built up, aided by Caucasian blood, and it was time for copra planters, religion, Mother Hubbards, and international conferences to determine whether this atoll, among others, belonged to London, Paris, Berlin, or Washington.

He seems to be suggesting that laborers are not as smart as scientists, which is kind of pretentious and certainly not accurate. Folks whose limited mental abilities previously excluded them from mainstream society are boosted to genius level, but genius level is childlike in the new world order and these former outcasts are as separate ahderson society as before, but with a far greater capacity to understand their separation and what their impairments mean for them.

Intelligence does not equal unhappiness. As though it had to fit into a certain page length. Jun 29, Jamie Jamison rated it it was amazing.