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Brainwave: His Enduring Masterpiece Paperback – October 1, 2003
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Morons become "normal", pigs get smart and the great masses of normal people become geniuses over night, all bilions of them. Are they glad, can they cope with it, and what does it do to society? Poul Anderson explored these questions in 1954, in a book that is still fresh today. He succeeds very well in describing the changes in thinking and feeling patterns in people that evolve from normal to incredible high IQ. A good and interesting read, that is highly probable, once you have accepted the premisse. It'll set your mind in motion.
"Brain Wave" is one of the best novels written by Poul Anderson.
The argument is great: suddenly all sentient beings start to change. Everybody is more intelligent each day. Cattle start to avoid slaughter. Horses refuse to be saddled. Brock, a moron peasant, start to have lucid insights and want to read.
The rest of humankind tries to cope with emotional disturbance, weird dreams, creativity shocks, religious surges and many more strange "symptoms".
Anderson analyzes this impossible situation and shows the reader a kaleidoscopic maddening universe. Little by little things began to fall in place and a new civilization emerges from chaos.
The follow up of the story is done by some key characters ranging from the retarded Brock, thru the ordinary housewife distressed by the new unsolicited abilities till her scientific husband and his neighbors.
The novel has an optimistic conclusion as was styled in the blessed `50s sci-fi.
Take a romp thru it, you won't be disappointed!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
The basic premise is that for unknown millions of years the world and it's surroundings have been in a kind of force-field - one that slows down electricity.
Since we've been under it's influence before we became intelligent , when it's influence is lifted from our brains , all the living beings on earth becomes three or four times as intelligent as before.
One cute point : It is possible that earth entry into this force-field is what killed the dinosaurs.
Some die , some are not able to deal with their new abilities and become insane and some , as always , carry on.
The way Anderson developes that basic brilliant premise is remarkeble. It is well written and very interesting. The book has not one but a couple of heroes , and it's following them in their dealing with the change and their activities as super-geniuses. Very recommended.
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We assume intelligence and brilliant minds can make us a better race, and improve the human condition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rusty
I always liked Poul Anderson's writings. While not quite the S.F. name like Asimov or Heinlein or Clarke, he should bePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this as a child, (back in the before time), and it needs to be updated,.. Still a good read, but it was very sexist, racist and some of the science was really outdated. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Darnel Cooper
I read this novel as a kid, and nothing has ever opened me up to the power of language like this. This was Anderson's first novel and if it has defects, I don't care -- all books... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Charles Ott
Well, I've just read the equivalent of a silent movie put to text. Unbelievable gaps of logic without even an attempt to explain the supposed leaps in technology that this soap... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ronald Smith
This is one of the memorable reads from my early teens, and it is just as good now...except I know something about genetics now that I didn't then. Read morePublished 15 months ago by James L. Gillaspy
This is an excellent idea, and a wonderful exploration of it. The only "defect" is that it was not published in 2010 (I guess that is the Kindle publishing), but in 1953,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
A great read that I wanted to spend even more time exploring. This book would have remained a great read if it were half again as long.Published 19 months ago by Gary A. Wilson