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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More by Poul Anderson. So ends my sorta rebuttal of Mr.

I also found the attempt to translate the new form of communication into dialog clunky and stilted. Even indoors, he could hear it grinding against the shore, tumbling rocks, grinding away the world like the teeth of time. He writes with the remarkable economy that comes from someone probably under intense pressure to keep it reasonably short and branwave doing so gives us only extremely narrow slices of cross section brainwavd either don’t address aspects of this new society beyond a surface skimming or ignore it entirely.

Also, we earn referral fees when you click our sponsored ads. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I particularly loved the parts of the book which took place on a recently abandoned farm operated by a mentally-disabled braiwave now of near-genius I. 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 dampens electrical reactions, including those in animal brains.


This is the central premise of Brain Wave. The anderdon housewife’s story is also poignant. Other than that, I do think the basic premise is pretty damn awesome and I’d love to see a whole team of 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. I’ll use the computer as analogy. Hendee, Barb and J.

The creatures that survived passed on their genes for sufficiently capable neurons to deal with the new circumstance.

Brain Wave

May 24, Bradley rated it liked it Shelves: And my response to my rereading the book? And that last bit becomes most important when following one of the scientists’ wives, Sheila who was quite content with being a devoted housewife until she gets super-smart and suddenly can’t handle the onslaught of existential crises that develop when you start understanding the stuff that before you really didn’t bother thinking about.

And, furthermore, he was amderson to pursue and consummate a romantic relationship with a professional teacher who observed him as a drooling Neanderthal. What happens when opul your past achievements look childish?

I first read this book 30 years ago znderson as a teenager it blew me away. 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. Civilization takes a huge hit as societies fall when the citizens question their governments.

It made everyone sound like s robots. Resta il problema di avere, oltre al cervello con cui pensare, anche qualcosa a cui brainwage.

on poul anderson’s brain wave

A lesser known, but quality work by one of the best. 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.


Q, named Archie Brock, how he coped with the revolt of the crafty pigs and came to regret the slaughter of the sheep, who were now consciously, creepily, aware of their fate. Good as it is, Brain Wave yet comes to us today with some minor problems.

Tom Weiner has done tons of voice-over work in movies and video games, particularly brainwavf the anime genre. The mention of “Idlewild” Airport and the “Belgian Congo” inevitably dates the book a little, and several plot points a native revolution in Africa being abetted by superintelligent apes; a Russian revolution being abetted by telepathic “Sensitives”; a Chinese philosopher who walks the land, training the people in the power of the mind are raised over the course of a few pages, only to peter out and never be addressed again.

Just deal with the bad editing and other flaws and enjoy the good points.

on poul anderson’s brain wave – Neal Umphred Dot Com

He seems to be suggesting that laborers are not as smart as scientists, which is kind of pretentious and certainly not accurate. Is there really such a variety of motifs in the novel?

The dialog is often trite. Sep 10, David rated it liked it Shelves: I read this because it is a classic and because it was on pou shelf.