Free [Children of the Atom] ¹ Wilmar H. Shiras


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Heir 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 all died with two years But all the surviving children of these parents are so intelligent that no I can measure their evel of intelligenceMany of these children in their teens have written adult books pateneted ideas earned college evel 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 at If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song least 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 are not interest uit if youike 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 Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford like 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 readike 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 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 ooking to reread and Was Surprised To Find surprised to find arger book continuing on where In Hiding Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech 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 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 aot of #thought to the science as well as the emotional side of the story and it come off very ahead # to the science as well as the emotional side of the story and it come off very ahead 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 children of its era A coerência textual late 1940s early 1950s didactic dialogic monologic portrayal of gathering education psychology of exceptionally intelligent children in america imagined asiberaldemocratic and caring society series of Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller linked 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 terriblyonely because they have to hide their intellect from others Dogs Behaving Badly lest they beabeled freaks This ends when one of the boys meets a psychiatrist who agrees to help First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There l Rated G for clean If youiked Flowers for Algernon because you could follow one man s journey to genius you will ike 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 part. Lems 1953Children of the Atom 19. ,
Ed 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 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 arger community which they decide to do by attending normal school but continuing to ive 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 the animaanimus and the four basic personality functions to their own development as balanced human beingsI was also 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 es extreme degree This was one big part of my ife 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 Binet superior adult battery of tests at age eight is an indication that there was something not 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 east 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 others ike me were saved uite iterally 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 only Space Kid lasted a few years but the wide open curriculum the total acceptance support and emotional guidance of the adultsooking over us there was Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town little need to teach just toet us oose in ibraries museums Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water laboratories 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 aarge part of what made me the at Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus least somewhat well adjusted person I am today and helped meearn to move comfortably in the midst of people who had once tortured me for being differentI saw a Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse lot of myself magnified by theens 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 Ors 1949New Foundations 1950Prob. ,

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What I am reviewing here is not actually Children of the 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 # arrives in a month 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 evels 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 ogical cycle but there is ittle doubt that the readers wanted and three years ater 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 ist 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 at east 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 ot of action and it is unashamedly didactic Even great deal of dialogue not a Owls: Birds of the Night lot of action and it is unashamedly didactic Even 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 what he needs most is friendship and real intellectual stimulation Having Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, learned that Tim an orphan raised by his grandparents was born shortly after his parents were exposed to highevels of radiation in an explosion in a nuclear weapons plant Welles reasons that there are others Bon Bon Voyage like Tim and the two set out to find themNot al the children have been asucky in finding 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 unthreaten. ContentsIn Hiding 1948Opening Do. ,
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