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IQ 83

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"A world lapsing into imbecility...true horror!"

That was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could never happen...

Since then you have felt your mind decaying a little more each day. You have watched your wife slip into imbecility. You have seen the crowds growing murderous with...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 27th 2003 by Authors Choice Press
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For once it seems appropriate to write this review in the “things I learned” style of a 4th grade book report.

Things I Learned From This Book:

1. If you want to hide the fact that your science is ridiculous and your methods of exposition boring, you don’t need to hire someone like David Hewlett to explain it all very quickly and humorously; even without this aid, if you use enough big words, surely no one will notice that your explanations are just sitting there leaden on the page, to be exposed...more
reading this book itself has decreased my IQ points.
making it a minus value.

I grabbed it from my Dad's collection.
Wondered why he even buy it in the first place.
maybe Dad got an unfinished revenge plan to someone that was involving force-reading this book..


Interesting plot line. I would have liked it more if there was a remarkably noticeable difference in characters as their intelligence decreased. More than just misspelling words when required to write, or using simpler words. The fact that the author con...con...kept using the same for...form....way to show it was very irr...irr.....annoying. (Get my meaning?) As their intelligence went down in the beginning, I could see it being plausible, but to continue trying for big words before going for a...more
A DNA disaster unleashes a mind-shrinking storm on every man, woman and child in America!


That was before the DNA experiments. Before the accident you said could never happen…

Since then you have felt your mind decaying a little more each day. You have watched your wife slip into imbecility. You have seen the crowds growing murderous with animal terror, the President of the United States babbling and drooling on TV…

Only one thing separates yo...more
I noticed this title came up in the sidebar on Goodreads when I did a search and it triggered a memory -- I'd read this book! I was in high school, in my "medical horror" stage (i.e. Robin Cook), and I know I enjoyed this book a lot. I was probably 16 or 17, so take my recommendation with a grain of salt. The one thing I can say is that the idiotic phrases the author uses to denote that a person is lapsing into idiocy have still stayed with me, things like, "mmm, mmm, good idea!" Given all that...more
in the search for a genetic cure for PKU, Dr James Healey and his team of medical scientists unleash a new disease: one that reduces IQ significantly (the average IQ becomes 83, rather than the usual 100).

an interesting but very dated read - no surprise really, as it was written in 1978 - it's almost the opposite of Flowers For Algernon, although it was harder to identify with Healey's arrogance and stubborn belief that IQ trumps all.
Susy Gage
Kind of silly--but very believable and really, really scary. It's funny how butt-dumb Herzog thinks you'd be with an IQ still in the mid-150s or so, though. LOL! we should all be so lucky. I've read this a few times; it has flaws--Healy is the only really likeable character, the Belgian and the women are dumb as toast--but very enjoyable apocalyptic scenario. Take out your contact lenses before you go into the biosafety lab, kids!
Laura Hart
I've read most by Arthur Herzog, but this story was by far his most original. His concept of a world full of drooling idiots with diminishing IQ's due to a biological accident, isn't so much science fiction as science future the way things are going, especially with the 'Reality TV' bug that is brainwashing an entire generation into zombies.
Herzog ends with a real poser, though - maybe ignorance truly is bliss?
Read this so long ago, but I've been thinking about it. I totally enjoyed it as a teen, but I'm sure I'd find some faults with it today. I still like the concept of a mass deintellectualization.
I'm so happy that an author wrote a book just for people of my level of intelligence.
Deborah San Gabriel
Looking forward to the film adaptation - 2013 expected release.
Sue Davis
It was ok for escapism in the late 1970s.
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Arthur Herzog III (April 6, 1927 – May 25, 2010) was an American novelist, non-fiction writer, and journalist, well known for his works of science fiction and true crime books. He was the son of songwriter Arthur Herzog, Jr..

His novels The Swarm and Orca have been made into films. His science fiction novel IQ 83 is being made into a film by Dreamworks.

Herzog was also the author of non-fiction book...more
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