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Research Alpha sought the answer to the ultimate intelligence-and also to certain problems of other intelligent beings sharing our galaxy.
Research Alpha sought the reason for humanity's very existence in a vast and apparently hostile cosmos.
Research Alpha found answers they never expected. What they found ultimately lead to...
Point Omega - when man becomes one with total
Paperback, First Daw printing, 176 pages
Published January 18th 1977 by DAW (first published 1977)
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Dec 15, 2015 Denis rated it liked it
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A Fix-up novel consisting of:
Asylum (1942)
The Proxy Intelligence (1968)
Research Alpha (1965)

All three are fine stories but assembled this way eats away at them. The strongest is the first, featuring vampires from space! (Had it been zombies, this story would be in vogue right now). The other two are fine stories but are clumsily linked by a plot based on “Great Galactic” overseers monitoring or inflicting interventions influencing human evolution (not at all close to the league of Clarke’s “C
Brian Schwartz
SUPERMIND, being a "fix-up" was an uneven reading experience.

I would like to read ASYLUM as a stand alone story because its elements of intergalactic vampires coming to Earth to take over has great appeal to me. The story was well written except where obviously new material was injected into it to link it and transition it to the second phase of the story.

The PROXY INTELLIGENCE might have well been a decent stand alone story. Here, it is a mishmash of the original with a great deal of obviously
Roddy Williams

its population threatened by the nomadic space-travellers, the Dreeghs.
For Earth’s inhabitants could provide the Dreeghs with blood, the essence of ‘life’ imperative for their survival. It was the beginning of a struggle, a conflict that was to be decided not by force of arms but by intelligence, by the supermind.

But how far can the mind go? Research Alpha had to find out. If the evolutionary process could be speeded up so that a million years’ development could take place w
Mar 21, 2010 Raj rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I'm not sure what to make of this. It consisted of three almost independant short stories each building on the last about a threat to Earth and how it was dealt with by the "Great Galactics", beings of enormous power, watching over the galaxy, and what happens when humans are accelerated along the evolutionary path.

As I say, I don't really understand what happened, certainly not at the end, but it was enjoyable enough for most of it.
Sean Callaghan
3.5 Very much a product of the 70s. Has all the elements - psychological emphasis, speculation based on improved evolutionary tendencies - though the notion of evolution is thin in concept. And a belief in IQ as a given. Still, pretty fun. Start is a bit rough, but the third act ties things together nicely.
Apr 17, 2016 Els rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I asked my sister to bring me back a 1970s space opera/thriller from her trip as a souvenir and she delivered. The book is utter nonsense and made me roll my eyes more often than not but I also really enjoy pulp novels so I had to finish reading it.
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