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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (734 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Poul Anderson Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781470801052
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What if we were all designed to be smarter than we actually are?

Unbeknown to its inhabitants, the solar system has, for millions of years, been caught in a force field that effectively suppresses intelligence. When in the course of normal galactic movement the solar system breaks free of the force field, gone are the inhibiting effects, and a remarkable change begins to sweep across the earth—a change with sometimes surprising, sometimes chilling aftereffects.

Human life is dramatically transformed, as people with IQs of 400 find themselves living within social structures and institutions designed for people of considerably lower intelligence. Others refuse to accept what has happened and band together in a rebellion against the new order. Human relationships with other creatures on the planet are likewise thrown into upheaval, as animals rediscover their native intelligence. Soon the transfigured humanity is reaching for the stars, leaving behind our earth to the less intelligent humans and animal lifeforms.

Brain Wave is a fascinating “what if” novel, as well as an exploration into the ways in which human society is organized and the assumptions that are made about how we value life. It is also a novel about equality and what happens when the hierarchical structures we know and trust finally disappear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An unforgettable novel, with a cast as big as mankind and an adventure that charts the course of time. Read it, enjoy it, savor it.”

    Jerry Pournelle

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edgar | 11/29/2013

    " Pipe-smoking intelligent and yet filled with sensational twists. Loved it. (And the edition is great too.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 10/12/2013

    " The solar system passes through an area in space which increases the intelligence of all living creatures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/7/2013

    " So I read this dinosaur of sci fi because Terry had it kicking around. Interesting premise, really dated depictions of women. The ending was rushed. Not a book I'll reread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 12/4/2012

    " Interesting thought experiment about what would happen to society if suddenly everyone got a whole lot smarter "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kajin | 2/17/2012

    " The idea is very interesting. I got quickly into the story, only to be somewhat disappointed. I get the impression that the author was all enthusiastic in the beginning, and then lost interest and finished quickly. The end felt like a short story, with no real development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 10/24/2011

    " I like the premise and would be interested in reading further treatments, but I couldn't get past the pessimistic direction, even after calmly setting aside the science. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genady | 8/28/2011

    " A very good book. It's pity, it didn't evolve into something bigger that would allow to explore more possibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladan | 6/6/2011

    " Some interesting theories on the asymptotic limits of intelligence (advancing ourselves out of evolving), and on the inverse relationship between intelligence and happiness (man's quest for purpose, etc.). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucas Martini | 3/28/2010

    " this is an extremely unique piece science fiction, really is nothing else like it... it's also short and sweet something like 200 pages but well worth an afternoon to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kajin | 3/27/2010

    " The idea is very interesting. I got quickly into the story, only to be somewhat disappointed. I get the impression that the author was all enthusiastic in the beginning, and then lost interest and finished quickly. The end felt like a short story, with no real development.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 9/10/2009

    " The solar system passes through an area in space which increases the intelligence of all living creatures.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Athryn | 8/18/2009

    " What if ... everyone suddenly became smarter?

    That's the question behind this book, and the answer is very interesting. I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick read, and even though it was written in the '50s, it didn't feel dated at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 5/26/2009

    " Interesting thought experiment about what would happen to society if suddenly everyone got a whole lot smarter "

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About the Author
Author Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson (1926–2001), one of the most prolific and popular writers in science fiction, won seven Hugo Awards, three Nebula Awards, and many other awards and accolades.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.