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Is Not Actually Children Of not actually Children of Atom Rather it is the three inked 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 Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved 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 aogical cycle but there is The Prime Minister of Paradise little doubt that the readers wanted and three yearsater 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 philosophy as well as Jungian psychology 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 returnreturnOn that Charlie O. and the angry A's 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 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 ateast in part a parable of fandom geekdom but a rather effective one Definitely an under 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 The Sisters of Sinai lot of action and it is unashamedly didactic Even so I enjoyed it very much for reasons which may be somewhat idiosyncraticThe plot of the novel is uite 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 uite as it seems and is worried about him Welles uickly discovers that Tim is in fact a super intelligent and veryonely child pretending to be normal that this is in fact his survival strategy but child pretending to be normal that this is in fact his survival strategy but he needs most is friendship and real intellectual stimulation Having earned that Tim an orphan raised by his grandparents was born shortly after his parents were exposed to high evels of radiation in an explosion in a nuclear weapons plant Welles reasons that there are others ike Tim and the two set out to find themNot al the children have been
*as ucky in *lucky in ways to avoid drawing attention to themselves the first child they find Elsie is a patient in a mental hospital nor have all the children grown up as well adjusted one child Fred displays a serious ack 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 community under the guidance of several well chosen adults unthreatened by the extreme abilities of these Children of the atomLate in the story th. ContentsIn Hiding 1948Opening Do. ,
Hat no I test can measure their American Military History and the Evolution of Western Warfare level of intelligenceMany of these children in their teens have written adult books pateneted ideasearned college Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers (Community Workers) 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 is uite short 182 pages most SF readers could finish it in one evening and I do strongly recommend ateast one try It has always been a favorite of mineNote If time is pressing or you are uncertain I recommend you read the first 34 pages the short story In
Hiding Then If You AreThen if you are interest uit if you The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez 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 whoike books about unusual childrenRead before I joined Goodreads so date unknown Children of The Atom was written as a series of short stories beginning in 1948 However it never really read Easy Breezy Miracle 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 wentooking to reread and was surprised to find a arger book continuing on where In Hiding eft 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 Beaver sort of social s but it was actually published in 1953Recommended if you have a fondness for the story In Hiding which has been reprinted in many SF anthologies but a bit aimless to have wide appeal 35 Excellent story and very intelligent Shiras gave a ot 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 would make a great movie but everyone would think it s an 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 children of its era ate 1940s early 1950s didactic dialogic monologic portrayal of gathering education psychology of exceptionally intelligent children in america imagined as The Pleasant Light of Day liberaldemocratic and caring society series ofinked short stories 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 The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes: The Prescription for a Lifetime of Great Health lonely because they have to hide their intellect from othersest they be abeled freaks This ends when one of the boys meets a psychiatrist who agrees to help aunch 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 The Go-Between liked Flowers for Algernon because you could follow one man s journey to genius you willike 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 earn things indirectly about psychology then you d enjoy those parts. Lems 1953Children of the Atom 19. ,
REVIEW Children of the Atom,
E children and their community are threatened by a rabble rousing preacher who has heard some of the details about the children and aunches a pogrom 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 paper for some years They also recognise Pete Welles the kindly school psychologist and another of the adults who was a ocal teacher This incident brings the children to a realisation that the only way to avoid future threats is to integrate themselves into the The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy larger community which they decide to do by attending normal school but continuing toive in their own community until they can go out into the world as adultsSeveral things struck me about this novel First the powerful cult of psychology 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 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 Jung s 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 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 marriage euality is knowing Someone Who Is Gay The who is gay The that made this so very real and resonant for me however is that to a Deal Maker (Mixed Messages Book 2) (English Edition) les extreme degree This was one big part of myife story I know that I tests are inherently flawed in many ways but the fact that I topped out of the Stanford Binet superior adult battery of tests at age eight is an indication that there was something not uite normal about me as a child I knew it the adults around me knew it and above allthe other kids knew it and they were none too pleasant about it My social development was awkward and delayed to say the Godmanstone Blues 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 they protected me from the other children And then I and a few othersike me were saved uite Ramp Rats: A Graphic Guide Adventure literally by a group of educational psychologists who were trying to figure out how to teach the gifted child and picked eight of us who tested the highest in our grade in the whole city to be their guinea pigs It onlyasted a few years but the wide open curriculum the total acceptance support and emotional guidance of the adults My Name is Abu Salem looking over us there wasittle need to teach just to et us oose in Spitting Daisies Communicating Through the Sunset libraries museumsaboratories and make sure we didn t accidentally harm anything and the utter bliss of being able to 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 arge part of what made me the at east somewhat well adjusted person I am today and helped me earn to move comfortably in the midst of people who had once tortured me for being differentI saw a ot of myself magnified by the ens of science fiction in Wilmar Shiras Children of the Atom This book is actually five short stories iked 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 Ors 1949New Foundations 1950Prob.