Brain Wave

Brain Wave

Poul Anderson / Jun 25, 2019

Brain Wave A fascinating what if novel Brain Wave is an exploration into the ways human society is organized and the assumptions that are made about how life is valued It is also a novel about equality and what

  • Title: Brain Wave
  • Author: Poul Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780345236685
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fascinating what if novel, Brain Wave is an exploration into the ways human society is organized and the assumptions that are made about how life is valued It is also a novel about equality and what happens when the hierarchical structures by which we arrange our daily lives disappear.

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      • Poul Anderson

        Pseudonym A A Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P Sanders, P A Kingsley.Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.Anderson received a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1948 He married Karen Kruse in 1953 They had one daughter, Astrid, who is married to science fiction author Greg Bear Anderson was the sixth President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, taking office in 1972 He was a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America, a loose knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose works were anthologized in Lin Carter s Flashing Swords anthologies He was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism Robert A Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Anderson and eight of the other members of the Citizens Advisory Council on National Space Policy 2 3 Poul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001, after a month in the hospital Several of his novels were published posthumously.Series Time Patrol Psychotechnic League Trygve Yamamura Harvest of Stars King of Ys Last Viking Hoka Future history of the Polesotechnic League Flandry


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    1. Prolific Grand Master Poul Anderson earned his place of honor within the hallowed halls of science fiction’s best and brightest. His work may not be as engagingly readable as Asimov, or as accessibly impactful as Clarke. He was never as politically-minded as Heinlein and his prose is not as slick and stylish as Vance or Zelazny. However, I would argue that his product is among the top in so many areas that his wide-ranging competencies, when married to his prodigious ability to spin the “big [...]


    2. Poul Anderson’s Brain Wave is a novel concept: earth has been existing in a force field that inhibited brain activity for eons. Then, we finally move out of the field and suddenly all animal life, people and animals, experience a radical increase in intelligence. I enjoy his writing and his approach to this unique idea, but the story itself was disjointed and unbalanced. If this had remained a short story, and if the plot had been more linear, this would have been much better. I did like the n [...]


    3. Great concept, troubling conclusions. I mean, isn't this what a lot of great SF is all about? A great idea to explore and get really excited about, coupled with a great story for the personal impact?We've got half of this. I almost squeed like a little girl with the idea that EVERYTHING on the planet got intelligent practically overnight. All the animals jumped in intelligence as well as all the people. We've got the ultimate What If, laying the foundation for the later brilliant book by Keyes, [...]


    4. Imagine for a moment that humanity is a race of drooling idiot-children, operating at 20-25% of our brain capacity. (Was that a stretch for you? It wasn't for me, thinking of the US election, sundry pointless wars and the popularity of The Coolest on Kickstarter.) Now imagine that over the course of a few days the intelligence of every human (and every animal) on Earth expanded to four or five times their current level. This is the central premise of Brain Wave.In Anderson's alternate universe o [...]


    5. The blurb on the front cover of the paperback version reads "A panoramic story of what happens to a world gone super intelligent!". That sums the basic premise up so perfectly it saves me writing a synopsis (hurrah!).I love high concepts, They make it easier to "pitch" to my GR friends. Brain Wave is about every living creature in the world suddenly having their intellect more than quadrupled. Such a deceptively simple premise, it seems like anybody can write a story about this. However, Poul An [...]


    6. 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. As the solar system spins around the galaxy, the earth exits this region, and almost overnight, all living creatures with brains are impacted. Brain neurons fire more rapidly, and as a result, they all become smarter. Smart people become geniuses, morons become very smart, and animals gain in intelligence as well.Society turns upside down. People who previ [...]


    7. It seems as if I have read a lot of articles recently on the so-called "dumbing down" of society, and of U.S. school kids particularly. I'd hate to think that these stories have a basis in reality, but still, consider the facts: In the most recent two-hour PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) tests, given every three years around the world to determine students' abilities in reading, math and science, U.S. schoolchildren came in at only the 35th place (among 64 countries) in math [...]


    8. Written in the mid fifties, this book postulates what would happen if the Earth emerged from a ray that dampens intelligence so we are all suddenly a lot smarter. So are animals. This is pure SF, one of my early reads & the reason I kept reading it. No, it's not perfect, but there is a lot of room for thought here & Anderson does a great job of providing it.


    9. Cu milioane de ani în urmă, întregul sistem solar a intrat în sfera de influență a unui câmp de forță electromagnetică care a inhibat funcționarea unor tipuri de neuroni, limitând astfel dezvoltarea ulterioară a vieții și inteligenței pe Pământ. Dar iată că datorită mișcării orbitale a sistemului solar în jurul centrului galactic, Terra a ieșit din câmpul inhibitor iar oamenii și animalele au experimentat brusc o creștere explozivă a inteligenței. Deodată, întreag [...]


    10. I really loved this book after I finished it. As I read it, it did have all that stuff that Anderson does that sorta irks me from previous books of his, such as overly sentimental soap opera small talk between 'important' scenes. That aside, there are many beautiful descriptive, almost poetic prose at the start of each chapter, setting the scene. The overall premise of the story is absolutely great: We humans and animals here on Earth had been impaired for many millennia by some cosmic field. We [...]


    11. Posit a galactic field that reduced our ability to think. We develop our intelligence & technology under the influence of that field & then we move out from under its influence. Suddenly everyone on the planet doubles their IQ. What would happen to our civilization, to the everyday people? That's the basis that Anderson uses for this book & it's well done.


    12. Brain Wave: A fascinating idea3.5 stars from Kat and 4 stars from Sandy, read more at FANTASY LITERATURE



    13. Può capitare che mi accosti a un libro sottovalutandolo.Per qualche motivo sono curioso di leggerlo, ma non mi aspetto granché, solo di passare un po' di tempo piacevolmente.A volte mi ritrovo ad aver ragione, alcune capita addirittura che nonostante tutto il libro mi deluda, altre, più rare, rimango piacevolmente stupito.Come si sarà intuito, quest'ultimo è il caso di Quoziente 1000, di Poul Anderson.Immaginatevi che, da un giorno all'altro, tutti gli essere viventi vedessero la prima inte [...]


    14. I read this for a local sf club. I didn't think that the craft of writing was up to Anderson's usual level, even given it's from '54. But the concept was a great one.It made for some very interesting discussion, and I like the concept. I did disagree with the effect that greatly increased intelligence had on people. The general effect is that "normal" and smart people act like they have Asperger's syndrome. I'll use the computer as analogy. In our stereotypical view of a genius, one of the progr [...]


    15. I first read this book 30 years ago and as a teenager it blew me away. I recently read it again and found that it was every bit as good as I remembered. 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. This novel was written 55 years ago but despite that it still holds up well, one of the few SF novels from the 1950s that does. I can [...]


    16. This is an old sci-fi classic. The premise might seem a bit silly -- Earth suddenly passes through a region of space that causes every living thing's intelligence to increase by an order of magnitude -- but it's your typical "high concept" early sci-fi story. I haven't read it in many years, but I remember it being a good read, with the world truly changing as a result.


    17. Overall the concept of the story is interesting - what if everyone were suddenly super smart? Not Stephen Hawking or Einstein smart, but many, many magnitudes greater? What kind of chaos would that wreck on the world? Could it be a disaster of the same magnitude as a meteor strike, or is there a way around it? The book covers a lot of ground and throws out some intriguing scenarios. A number of points of view are covered, from the view of scientists to the everyman out in the country. It would h [...]


    18. At first, the changes were subtle. All over the world people began coming up with really good ideas. Before long, laboratories everywhere were churning out incredible leaps in deductive reasoning. Under normal circumstances it may have taken years to figure out what was happening but as average IQ’s climbed to 200, then 300, and higher, the answer seemed to come almost intuitively. For the entire span of life on Earth our galaxy, in its endless revolution through the universe, was passing thro [...]


    19. If everyone’s IQ was suddenly quintupled, how would our values and behaviors change? Poul Anderson’s slim novel, Brainwave, poses this question by sending the earth spinning into a new region of space that allows for uninhibited intellectual advancement. 1953. Included in A Treasury of Great Science Fiction vol II, ed by Anthony Boucher.What I Liked: I picked up this anthology from a library booksale for $1 and I’m really glad I did. I enjoyed Brainwave. It follows several characters of va [...]


    20. I heard about Brain Wave in 501 Must-Read Books. The premise sounded interesting: The Earth has been in a field inhibiting intelligence since the dawn of man, when earth passes through the anomaly intelligence increases overnight. Two problems prevented this book from reaching its potential. First, it was clearly written in the 50s so we see super intelligent humans creating more efficient vacuum tubes alongside faster-than-light travel. Also, the book is only 180 pages and while it addresses so [...]


    21. Le premier roman de Poul Anderson, suivi de trois nouvelles de ce même auteur.Le roman, comme les nouvelles, sont sur le thème de l'intelligence.Bien que l'écriture soit très datée, le récit est prenant et réussi. Par certains côtés, ce roman m'a rappelé La Force Mystérieuse dont Barrière mentale (Brain wave en VO) est un pendant un peu plus optimiste.Là où la force mystérieuse consistait en un affaiblissement de la lumière qui entraînait un affaiblissement des métabolismes et [...]


    22. Frankly, my review for this book would be mostly about how terrible I thought "Flowers for Algernon" was. So, let's have at it:Flowers for Algernon was inane, wish-fulfillment garbage. It mostly taps into the presumed "outsider" feelings of its readership and is only tragic in that the nerd's fantasy did not last with the main character. The only real value was the technique where the writing changed style as the narrator grew in intelligence. And how silly was that displayed! Somehow, a persona [...]


    23. Like a rare find, Brain Wave published in 1954 from one of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction, Poul Anderson, is a book to enjoy and not rushed through. At 164 pages, it can be a quick read. But it’s worth enjoying. 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. Quite rapidly IQs quadruple. “Morons” become what we are now in intelligence. The really smart have IQs in the 400’s. Animals are still lower tha [...]


    24. 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. For some individuals, this is liberating, albeit terrifying; some crack under the strain of such a jump. The human race as a whole, indeed, finds itself wondering what to do with itself.This is a pretty good piece of speculative fiction, the idea taken to its the limit. There are gr [...]


    25. What happens when the ranks of Mensa could be expanded to include, oh, everyone? And most of those newcomers would look at the members of Mensa like you look at a bunch of adorable toddlers suddenly discovering that some blocks are round and some are square? Poul Anderson tries to answer that question and, more importantly, navigate the potential narrative problems that come when someone who isn't an Einstein level genius has to figure out how to give a whole book of Einsteins problems that can' [...]


    26. I read this because it is a classic and because it was on my shelf. It was interesting but I can’t say I truly enjoyed it.Naturally it felt dated. Sometimes that was amusing:“then a stop on Mars where Lewis went wild over some of the adaptations he found in the plant forms”But I found the frequent use of ‘moron’ jarring. Also, as is so frequently the case in older sci-fi, the women were either wives or secretaries. Of course, it was a women who became insane because she couldn’t hand [...]


    27. Originally posted at FanLit:Poul Anderson’s Brain Wave has a great premise — for millennia, unknown to scientists, the Earth has been under the influence of some sort of field that dampens the speed of neurons in the cortex. But now the Earth has suddenly passed out of the field and immediately neurons start working faster, making everyone’s IQs (man and animal) escalate dramatically. This sounds like a good thing to me, but perhaps it’s not in Poul Anderson’s mind. In his story, human [...]


    28. An interesting premise: what if everyone suddenly became a lot smarter? We don't get a lot of story, though. There's a lot of whining about how hard it is to be so brilliant. How do you spend your time when all the old books and poems and music isn't good enough for you anymore? In this book, Poul Anderson imagines people will be panicking a lot, even though there's no real reason to do so.In the end, we get told that people are beginning to prepare to "leave". Only, there's nowhere for them to [...]


    29. In some ways Anderson has imagined the future he posits very well, but most of the time this book comes off as merely pretentious, bigoted, and ridiculous. It hasn't aged well, in other words. Especially irritating to my socialist sensibilities is Anderson's usual denigration of workers. Here he literally equates them with animals and suggests that they are irresponsible and unlikely to contribute to the future of the human race. This is ironic because, here as in other libertarian imaginings ce [...]


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