This book is actually five short "stories liked together the five stories are In Hiding Opening Doors New Foundations Problems and Children "liked together the five stories are In Hiding Opening Doors New Foundations Problems and Children the AtomPublished in book form in 1953 these stories concern a roup of incredibly ifted children Their parents in book form in 1953 these stories concern a roup of incredibly ifted children Their parents 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 is uite 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 uncertain I recommend you read the first 34 pages 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 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 unusual childrenRead before I joined Goodreads so date unknown of its era late 1940s
early 1950s didactic dialogic monologic portrayal of athering education psychology of exceptionally intelligent children in america imagined as liberaldemocratic 1950s didactic dialogic monologic portrayal of athering education psychology of exceptionally intelligent children in america imagined as liberaldemocratic caring society series of linked short stories faith in intelligence as solutionunderstanding of human problems creationtech and art for eneral welfare faith seems somewhat naive but pleasant everything solved if we just Mi karma y yo 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 returnreturnOn that list of the 100 most influential sf books that wasoing 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 roup of children whose parents all died after a nuclear accident in 1959 and who all display ex. ContentsIn Hiding 1948Opening Do. .
Wilmar H. Shiras Å 9 CharactersDepth 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 "little doubt that the readers wanted and three years later Wilmar Shiras obliged with the novelUPDATEI have finished the full 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 entle 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 world of America in the mid twentieth the novel as aged well and deserves its high reputation 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 A small The Prime Minister of Paradise 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 beforeiving 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 Wilmar Shiras Children of the Atom is in many ways a classic 1950s sf
novel There s Charlie O. and the angry A's 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 plot of the novel i Excellent story and very intelligent Shirasave 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 reat 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 do. Lems 1953Children of the Atom 19. .Thoughtpiece Novel There S
Ceptional 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 eekdom but a rather effective one Definitely an under rated classic 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 on 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 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 Rated G for clean If you liked Flowers for Algernon because you could follow one man s journey to enius you will like this book about a roup of enius children The dialogue ot 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 AmWhat I am learn things indirectly about psychology then you d enjoy those parts What I am 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 three novelettes first published 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 entle and sensitive The characters are well drawn and have psychological. Ors 1949New Foundations 1950Prob. .