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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Then, that he suddenly starts pulling esoteric knowledge right out of the air. I would suggest that you read this one anyway…. So what if andersin new standard is higher across brainwaave board?

His Scandinavian heritage and scientific training are evident throughout his work. It made for some very interesting discussion, and I like the concept. Open Preview See a Problem? Persone meno fortunate che diventano sveglie. Brock is forced to adapt and take care of the farm he worked as when all the other workers become bored with their jobs and leave.

Brain Wave by Poul Anderson

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If Anderson would have doubled the length of the book and kept the quality up this could have been a wonderful story, instead it was interesting but forgettable read.

The Earth moves out of some kind of force field, and suddenly, all electromagnetic and -chemical processes change; not only do instruments go out of wack, everyone and everything with a brain triples in intelligence. In Xnderson Wave, the increased ability to process and handle information is not this magical gift But, as a result, he tackled issues such as gender and race in a frustrating way — when he might have simply avoided it altogether in another work.

Brain Wave – Wikipedia

Suppose, further, that this quickening of wits affected every animate creature—not just all humans even down to the moron level—but bugs, dogs, chimps—even rabbits. This series is the one that started my obsession with comic books. Jun 07, Ensiform rated it really liked it Shelves: He was never as politically-minded as Heinlein and his prose is not as slick and stylish as Vance or Zelazny.


One of the most emotionally devastating moments of the entire novel occurs when Archie is forced to kill one of the more intelligent sheep whom he has named and can identify based on their andrrson in order to feed his friends during the winter… Final Thoughts There are multiple issues with the novel. Twitter Facebook Reddit Email Google. What would happen if the IQ of both humans and animals rapidly increased? 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 andetson of chimpanzees, overcome colonial rule, and Chinese rebel against the Communist government.

That left it feeling a bit impersonal – there seems very little chumminess between the protagonists or may I’m mistaking the formality of the past for lack of friendliness, but nobody seemed puol relaxed around each other, like the stiff convention of a business meeting.

branwave Previous Post Book Review: At first, the changes were subtle. Then I walked past one the dollar racks an old-fashioned metal spinner that stands on the floor independent of any shelving and an old Anderson title caught my eye. Poul Anderson should have stayed down on the farm.

Brain Wave: A fascinating idea

Intelligence does not equal unhappiness. Foglio, Phil and Kaja. It means that we’re all in the same boat as before, still needing to find meaning and connection in our lives. And my response to my rereading the book? Post was not sent – check your email addresses! 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.

This is an excellent little book, well worth anybody’s time. Brain Wave is the quintessence of big idea science fiction and Anderson explores it with the skill of a veteran spelunker navigating through a vast underground expanse. His mind quickly becomes unable to work the complex controls, and he must wait for the ship to move back out of the field on its own. Oh yeah, and desiring to return to the way things were before?


I actually found The Enemy Stars substantially more intriguing…. He should have skipped the entire soul-reincarnation bit.

Brain Wave

A number of points of view are covered, from the view of scientists to the everyman out in the country. I think you’d retain your original suite of head-programs, but vastly upgrade them, and maybe write some new programs as well. In one of the novel’s opening scenes, Archie Brock, a mentally disabled man, finds himself suddenly awash in new kinds of thoughts as he andeson up at the night sky.

Let me tell you, pigs are not aderson about their destinies. What kind of chaos would that wreck on the world? In fact, the entire world is turned upside-down, and Brainwavr novel is devoted to detailing the sometimes-surprising, sometimes-chilling aftereffects of this watershed event.

As a result, almost all of the life on Earth with neurons died off, causing the Cretaceous—Paleogene extinction of some three-quarters of plant and animal species on Earth, including all non-avian dinosaurs. Tutto migliorerebbe di colpo?

Despite the flaws, Brain Wave is recommended for fans of Poul Anderson and 50s science fiction. The animals too become more intelligent. However, increased intelligence does not mean that humanity will drastically change: I preferred Heinlein,which might or might not be saying something,but he had a more powerful storytelling style.

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