[PDF DOWNLOAD] Children of the Atom
While the setting is the world of America in the mid twentieth century the novel as aged well and deserves its high reputation 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 Parents All assembling of a group of children whose parents all 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 part a parable of fandom geekdom but a rather effective one Definitely an nder rated classic 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 The Pipe Organ (Tales from Grace Chapel Inn, unashamedly didactic Even so I enjoyed it very much for reasons which may be somewhat idiosyncraticThe plot of the novel isite simple School 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 ite as it seems and is worried about him Welles ickly discovers that Tim is in fact a super intelligent and very lonely child pretending to be normal that this is in fact his survival strategy but what he needs most is friendship and real intellectual be normal that this is in fact his survival strategy but what he needs most is friendship and real intellectual Having learned that Tim an orphan raised by his grandparents was born shortly after his parents were exposed to high levels of radiation in an explosion in a nuclear weapons plant 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 toways to drawing attention to themselves the first child they find Elsie is a patient in a mental hospital nor have all the children grown Our Martyred Lady 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 he can find together in one communitynder the guidance of several well chosen adults nthreatened by the extreme abilities of these Children of the atomLate in the story the children and their community are threatened by a rabble rousing preacher who has heard some of the details about the children and launches a pogrom against these malevolent mutants but the mob that attacks the school is ieted 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 paper for some years They also recognise Pete Welles the kindly school psychologist 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 ntil they can go out into the world as adultsSeveral things struck me about this novel First the power. Ors 1949New Foundations 1950Prob.
Wilmar H. Shiras Ñ 9 Free readOf its era late 1940s 1950s didactic dialogic monologic portrayal of gathering education psychology of exceptionally intelligent children in america imagined as liberaldemocratic and
CARING SOCIETY SERIES OF LINKED SHORTsociety series of linked short faith in intelligence as solutionunderstanding of human problems creationtech and art for general welfare faith seems somewhat naive but 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 i prefer than human by sturgeon as a portrayal of super human beings 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 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 a psychiatrist who agrees to help launch the schoolGood study in human nature Supposedly the X Men derived from this story though no one has super powers here Rated G for clean If 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 psychology then you d enjoy those parts What I am reviewing here is not actually Children of the Atom Rather it is the three linked novelettes published 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 published 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 plot 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 places 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 psychological 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 pgraded the rating to five stars Whether or not this book was the initial inspiration for The Uncanny X Men it has its own ite 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 philosophy as well as Jungian psychology and a clear nderstanding of children. ContentsIn Hiding 1948Opening Do. Ful cult of psychology that was such key element middle class culture in the 1950s and how the novel could never have constructed as it was without Second the focus on Jungian rather than Freudian psychology rather a departure from the norm although it s possible that Shiras did not want to have to deal with Freud s theories of psychosexual development in astory dealing with young teens Since I personally prefer Jung to Freud this was part of what I enjoyed about the novel seeing
The Children Apply Jungchildren apply Jung thinking about the animaanimus and the four basic personality functions to their own development as balanced human beingsI was also struck by the resolution and its belief that if the different among Ethics Playbook us become integrated into the overall community that difference will c 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 Their parents were caught in an atomic experiement in 1958 and all died with two years But all the surviving children of these parents are so intelligent that no I test can measure their level of intelligenceMany of these children in their teens have written adult books pateneted ideas learned college level subjects and so onThe stories are character driven and a bit talky Also somewhat dated Still the premise is interesting and there are some interesting ideas hereThe book isite short 182 pages 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 pressing or you are How to become a Kingdom Millionaire uncertain I recommend you read the first 34 pages the short story In Hiding Then if you are not interestit if you like it finish the book In Hiding is the best written of the five parts 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 pyschology and anyone who like books about The Duchess of Vidal unusual childrenRead before I joined Goodreads so datenknown 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 precursor to The X menminus the super powers other than intellect I found the stories to be prescient and the characters to be fully formed and believable This was one of the better books I ve read this year 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 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 personal touch of the doctor s interactions with the kids and their sophisticated minds but always knowing they are still childre. Lems 1953Children of the Atom 19.