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Children of the Atom by Wilmar H. Shiras
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Jul 29, 13

bookshelves: main-sf-fantasy
Recommended for: SF fans; psychology; unusual children
read count: 3

This book is actually five short stories liked together. the five stories are: In Hiding; Opening Doors;New Foundations; Problems and Children of the Atom.

Published in book form in 1953, these stories concern a group of incredibly gifted children. Their 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 Iq test can measure their level of intelligence.

Many of these children, in their teens have written adult books; pateneted ideas; learned college level subjects and so on.

The stories are character driven; and a bit talky. Also, somewhat dated. Still the premise is interesting and there are some interesting ideas here.

The book is quite 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 mine.

Note: 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, quit--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 anthologies.

Recommended for any SF fan; those with an interest in pyschology, and anyone who like books about unusual children.

Read before I joined Goodreads, so date unknown.
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