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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I read it a few years ago but remember feeling as though some plot threads were cut short. Just deal with the bad editing and other flaws and brainwafe the good points. Nov 23, Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing.

I agreed with Anderson on a couple of important points — a new psychology would be needed for a human race that is smarter than ours. Surprisingly, Brain Wave has aged pretty well. A parte quelli che sono impazziti e che sono un fattore importante. Finally it seemed that humanity would be able to solve its petty problems and rivalries and work together toward brqinwave enlightened state of being.

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Mar 12, Paul Kemner rated it liked it Shelves: Books by Poul Anderson. Ppoul great cover from Powers, although I have to admit to quite liking the Fred Troller design too….


People who previ Throughout earth’s history, it has been in a region of the galaxy where some sort of force field has inhibited the activity of brain neurons. Maybe his mother never told him he could be a scientist.

I first read this book 30 years ago and as a teenager it blew me away. 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 brianwave select for higher intelligence after that.

Persone intelligenti che diventano geni. I’d hate to think that these stories have a basis in reality, but still, consider the facts: There are also those who refuse to accept what has happened and band together to rebel against the new order.

As a result, almost all of the life on Earth with andrson died off, causing the Cretaceous—Paleogene extinction event. I really loved this book after I finished it. Great concept, troubling conclusions.

Brain Wave: A fascinating idea

Because wordpress only allows certain formatting? Naturally it felt dated. Grimwood, Jon Courtenay Jonathan. What happens in brainwaves is that everyone turns into a navel-gazing egghead.

Economies collapse as pointless consumerism ceases. Anderson’s book tracks the progression of this new hrainwave by focusing on a few central characters: I just can’t see how any narrator could possibly communicate these parenthetical and italicized elements.

The idea that intelligence always indicates the type of job ones hold is simply not the case. As with so many novels, I thought the ending of Enemy Stars weakened the effort. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. Last edited by Clean Up Bot. I think you’d retain your original suite of head-programs, but vastly upgrade them, and maybe write some new programs as well. Poetic at times, Brain Wave causes the reader to ponder what role intelligence plays in ‘being human’.


Surely, food for thought. So, I have to applaud him for what he tried to do despite not agreeing with how he did it…. 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.

Oh, like the assumption that with great intelligence the desire to prolong your own survival goes away.