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Wilmar H. Shiras (1908–1990)

Autor(a) de Children of the Atom

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Associated Works

Great Science Fiction Stories (1964) — Contribuinte — 103 cópias
Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction (1966) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
New Worlds of Fantasy #2 (1970) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
Towards Infinity (1938) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
Analog Anthology #3: Children of the Future (1982) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1949 (1949) — Contribuinte — 28 cópias
Astounding Science Fiction 1950 03 (1950) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Shiras, Wilmar House
Outros nomes
Howes, Jane
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Local de falecimento
Alameda, California, USA
Boston University
University of California, Berkeley
science fiction writer



Classic 1950s science fiction (in fairness however it began as a series of three novellas in 1948, the most famous of which was In Hiding, and was later expanded into a book in 1953).

I went into this blind having picked up the Science Fiction Book Club 1959 hardcover edition which does not contain any blurb or description, so all I new was it was published in the 50s and science fiction, probably involving atomic energy on some level. With memories of the faction by the same name in the Fallout game series I thought I'd give it a look and see if there's any relation - there's not.

The book centres around a school psychologist Peter Welles and a student who a concerned teacher refers to him, Tim. It turns out that Tim's problem isn't a problem per se but rather that he's extremely intelligent and unable to relate to others well, spending a good amount of time hiding his true intellect. It's from here we learn that Tim's parents were killed in an atomic explosion and he's somewhat of a mutant with the side effect of his radiation exposure being a higher than usual intellect.

The story then goes on as Peter Welles forms a school for these mutant gifted children (bit of xmen deja vu here) and collects other children who were effected by the atomic explosion and are mutants also.

Overall, it was alright, not particularly enthralling and the dialogue is cumbersome in parts with the author becoming a little preachy at times. I found the first chapter In Hiding was the best part of the book, with the final chapter being my least favourite chapter. If you like classic science fiction it's worth reading just for completions sake as it was ranked as the 14th most significant science fiction books by the SF Book Club.
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HenriMoreaux | outras 8 resenhas | Apr 23, 2020 |
Very dated and dull. Purely of historical interest as a marker in the history of sci-fi.
jillrhudy | outras 8 resenhas | Mar 3, 2015 |
A gifted psychologist and his trying-too-hard-to-be-normal patient, an adolescent boy who turns out to be of off-the-charts intelligence, discover that the boy is not alone—he is one of dozens of children whose parents were involved in a nuclear accident, lived long enough to bear them, and then died of delayed effects of radiation. One is in an insane asylum; the others are living with various relatives or adoptive parents and getting along the best they can, which is not always very well. Joining forces with an experienced junior high school teacher and another psychologist. Peter Welles and young Tim spearhead a school for “gifted children,” where they can finally be themselves. But for how long can they pass as merely “gifted”?

This novel is considered a groundbreaking work of science fiction, both for the early example of the idea of the radiation-induced mutant and for its more intellectual, thought-provoking style. An aggressive, 1950s wholesomeness permeates the whole thing. Any threats to their enterprise, whether from within (a budding sociopath) or without (crackpot televangelist) are quickly and easily defanged. There is no Magneto here; all of the children are basically good and none wants to take over the world. Indeed, their acceptance that it is their responsibility to prove their good intentions and make the rest of the world comfortable is somewhat disheartening. (Today, particularly urged by the autism spectrum community, there is more awareness that those of us perceived as “normal” have a responsibility to accept those who, for whatever reason, are not.) A quick read that, despite its limitations, will get you thinking about what it means to be “different.”
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jholcomb | outras 8 resenhas | Feb 15, 2015 |
How would children who were extra-ordinarily intelligent but lacked any real life experience deal with their peers, and more importantly, adults? A novelization of 'In Hiding', Children of the Atom expands on the theme of that story, as Tim (the protagonist from the first story) finds his true peers and begins to interact with them, and society at large. Some nasty observations about how people deal with those perceived to be different.
BruceCoulson | outras 8 resenhas | Apr 24, 2014 |


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