E–pub Children of the Atom by Wilmar H. Shiras

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Children of the AtomRated G for clean you liked Flowers for Algernon because you could follow one man s journey to genius you will like this book about a group of genius children The dialogue got very technical at spots which made the book seem to drag but if you were in an intellectual mood and wanted to learn things indirectly about The Little Book of Breakthrough: Breakthrough Thoughts for Manifesting Your Heaven on Earth psychology then you d enjoy thosearts A small group of super intelligent children try to start their own school with the help of a few adults who know their secret their Genocide of One parents died from an atomic blast but not before giving birth to these extraordinary babies with super talents not superheroes They re all terribly lonely because they have to hide their intellect from others lest they be labeled freaks This ends when one of the boys meets asychiatrist who agrees to help launch the schoolGood study in human nature Supposedly the X Men derived from this story though no one has super Nintendo Wii Flash Game Creator's Guide: Design, Develop, and Share Your Games Online powers here of its era late 1940s early 1950s didactic dialogic monologicortrayal of gathering education Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt - The Art of the Deal psychology of exceptionally intelligent children in america imagined as liberaldemocratic and caring society series of linked short stories faith in intelligence as solutionunderstanding of humanroblems creationtech and art for general welfare faith seems somewhat naive but The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage pleasant everything solved if we just got together and talked i am not overwhelmingly convinced intelligence is always answer but then ignorance is definitely nothave to say irefer than human by sturgeon as a ortrayal of super human beings Excellent story and very intelligent Shiras gave a lot of thought to the science as well as the emotional side of the story and it come off very ahead of it s time I think it would make a great movie but everyone would think it s an X Men ripoff even though the opposite is somewhat true I appreciate the ersonal touch of the doctor s interactions with the kids and their sophisticated minds but always knowing they are still children The first chapterstory here In Hiding was something I discovered in The Future is Female Women s Science Fiction Stories from the Pulp Era to the New Wave about a year ago It s *crossed my mind many times since so I went looking to reread and was surprised to find a larger book continuing *my mind many times since so I went looking to reread and was surprised to find a larger book continuing where In Hiding left off I enjoyed it though it does reflect it s time I thought this was a 70s era book the setting is early 70s and was confused by the Leave it to Children of The Atom was written as a series of short stories beginning in 1948 However it never really read like it was dated at all The basic story which is rud to be a New Cutting Edge Elementary Students' Book precursor to The X menminus the superowers other than intellect I found the stories to be Meditation Express: Stress Relief in 60 Seconds Flat prescient and the characters to be fully formed and believable This was one of the better books I ve read this year This book is actually five short stories liked together the five stories are In Hiding Opening Doors New Foundations Problems and Children of the AtomPublished in book form in 1953 these stories concern a group of incredibly gifted children Theirarents were caught in an atomic experiement in 1958 and all died with two years But all the surviving children of these arents are so intelligent that no I test can measure their level of intelligenceMany of these children in their teens have written adult books ateneted ideas learned college level subjects and so onThe stories are character driven and a bit talky Also somewhat dated Still the Challenged by Love E-Boxed Set premise is interesting and there are some interesting ideas hereThe book is uite short 182ages most SF readers could finish it in one evening and I do strongly recommend at least one try It has always been a favorite of mineNote If time is Communicating With Animals : The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals pressing or you are uncertain I recommend you read the first 34ages the short story In Hiding Then if you are not interest uit if you like it finish the book In Hiding is the best written of ContentsIn Hiding 1948Opening Do. He five arts imho It is also the best known of the five stories having been in various anthologiesRecommended for any SF fan those with an interest in yschology and anyone who like books about unusual childrenRead before I joined Goodreads so date unknown Wilmar Shiras Children of the Atom is in many ways a classic 1950s sf thoughtpiece novel There s a great deal of dialogue not a lot of action and it is unashamedly didactic Even so I enjoyed it very much for reasons which may be somewhat idiosyncraticThe lot of the novel is uite simple School The Blitzkrieg Legend psychologist Peter Welles is called in to talk to a young teenager Tim who seems to be completely ordinary in every way but his teacher senses that something is not uite as it seems and is worried about him Welles uickly discovers that Tim is in fact a super intelligent and very lonely childretending to *BE NORMAL THAT THIS IS IN FACT HIS SURVIVAL *normal that this is in fact his survival but what he needs most is friendship and real intellectual stimulation Having learned that Tim an orphan raised by his grandparents was born shortly after his The Crown parents were exposed to high levels of radiation in an explosion in a nuclear weaponslant Welles reasons that there are others like Tim and the two set out to find themNot al the children have been as lucky in finding ways to avoid drawing attention to themselves the first child they find Elsie is a atient in a mental hospital nor have all the children grown up as well adjusted one child Fred displays a serious lack of empathy and emotional affect having devoted himself entirely to intellectual development These issues however are addressed with Relative Ease Once Welles Manages To Bring All The Children ease once Welles manages to bring all the children can find together in one community under the guidance of several well chosen adults unthreatened by the extreme abilities of these Children of the atomLate in the story the children and their community are threatened by a rabble rousing reacher who has heard some of the details about the children and launches a ogrom against these malevolent mutants but the mob that attacks the school is uieted when they see Tim a boy that many of them have known in their community as the classmate of their children and the boy who delivered their evening aper for some years They also recognise Pete Welles the kindly school sychologist and another of the adults who was a local teacher This incident brings the children to a realisation that the only way to avoid future threats is to integrate themselves into the larger community which they decide to do by attending normal school but continuing to live in their own community until they can go out into the world as adultsSeveral things struck me about this novel First the owerful cult of sychology that was such a key element of middle class culture in the 1950s and how the novel could never have been constructed as it was without this Second the focus on Jungian rather than Freudian sychology rather a departure from the norm although it s Sport Social Work: Promoting the Functioning and Well-Being of College and Professional Athletes possible that Shiras did not want to have to deal with Freud s theories ofsychosexual development in astory dealing with young teens Since I Modern Art Death of a Culture personallyrefer Jung to Freud this was The Lost Library: The Autobiography of a Culture part of what I enjoyed about the novel seeing the children apply Jung s thinking about the animaanimus and the four basicersonality functions to their own development as balanced human beingsI was also struck by the resolution and its belief that if the different among us become integrated into the overall community that difference will cease to be seen as threatening or evil It reminded me of the freuently cited finding that one of the key factors in acceptance of marriage euality is knowing someone who is gay The thing that made this story so very real and resonant for me however is that to a les extreme degree This was one big art of my life story I know that I tests are inherently flawed in many ways but the fact Ors 1949New Foundations 1950Prob. Hat I topped out of the *STANFORD BINET SUPERIOR ADULT BATTERY OF *Binet superior adult battery of at age eight is an indication that there was SOMETHING NOT UITE NORMAL ABOUT ME not uite normal about me a child I knew it the adults around me knew it and above allthe other kids knew it and they were none too leasant about it My social development was awkward and delayed to say the least I ran a real risk of becoming all intellect and nothing else because my mind was what made me important enough to adults that risk of becoming all intellect and nothing else because my mind was what made me important enough to adults that Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia protected me from the other children And then I and a few others like me were saved uite literally by a group of educationalsychologists who were trying to figure out how to teach the gifted child and Love Letters picked eight of us who tested the highest in our grade in the whole city to be their guineaigs It only lasted a few years but the wide open curriculum the total acceptance support and emotional guidance of the adults looking over us there was little need to teach just to let us loose in libraries museums laboratories and make sure we didn t accidentally harm anything and the utter bliss of being able to Eat to Beat Illness play as a child with other children in ways that were true both to our developing social natures and our advanced intellectual accomplishments these things are a largeart of what made me the at least somewhat well adjusted erson I am today and helped me learn to move comfortably in the midst of eople who had once tortured me for being differentI saw a lot of myself magnified by the lens of science fiction in Wilmar Shiras Children of the Atom returnreturnOn that list of the 100 most influential sf books that was going round a year or so ago this was the only one whose author I simply had never heard of It is set twenty years in the future ie 1973 and revolves around the assembling of a group of children whose arents all died after a nuclear accident in 1959 and who all display exceptional intelligence At the end of the book the children decide that they must integrate into the mainstream of societyreturnreturnIt s obviously at least in art a arable of fandom geekdom but a rather effective one Definitely an under rated classic What I am reviewing here is not actually Children of the Atom Rather it is the three linked novelettes ublished by Shiras in Astounding Science Fiction between 1948 and 1950 In 1953 the author integrated new material and this volume became Children of the Atom I have ordered a copy and will review it when it arrives in a month or so The three novelettes first ublished were In Hiding 1948 Opening Doors March 1949 and New Foundations March 1950 All three are well written but the first is an acknowledged classic and has freuently been anthologized separately The lot deals with children whose intellects have mutated to super human levels The adults in the story are involved in attempting to help the children find their laces in human society The setting is in the fifties and this naturally conditions the types of decisions motives and assumptions within the story The writing is very delicately controlled and the over all effect is gentle and sensitive The characters are well drawn and have sychological depth The three stories do create a logical cycle but there is little doubt that the readers wanted and three years later Wilmar Shiras obliged with the novelUPDATEI have finished the full novel and have conseuently upgraded the rating to five stars Whether or not this book was the initial inspiration for The Uncanny X Men it has its own uite distinct character It is an engaging and rather gentle story though the darker aspects of human nature are not altogether ignored The author seems to have a distinct interest in Thomistic scholastic Love is Murder philosophy as well as Jungiansychology and a clear understanding of children While the setting is the world of America in the mid twentieth century the novel as aged well and deserves its high reputation. Lems 1953Children of the Atom 19.