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June 8th, 2009, 12:15 AM
sci-fi novella I think, may have been in a collection foreworded by Asimov. synopsis-
intelligence usually develops to a certian level on planets then stops developing, earth has been under the influence of a "ray" which inhibits intelligence. after the earth moves out of the rays influence suddenly human intelligence increases exponentially.
within days the first starship is built and on a testrun the pilot wanders into the ray which is still active, he has to be "talked down" by people on earth as he no longer is able to pilot the ship until he gets back out of the rays influence.
main subthread of the story is about a mentally retarded man who now has an iq of about 150, and the suddenly intelligent animals he deals with. early in the story a newspaper headline reads that two chimpanzees have exscaped from the zoo, they are later depicted riding into the woods with a horse and rifle they have stolen.

searching the title only gives references to several unrelated stories, and menopause self help books.

99% sure on title but not idea on author, searching to find one "possibly" foreworded by azimov is of course usless :)

if anyone can confirm title and/or give author I would be appreciative.

June 8th, 2009, 07:04 AM
That would be Poul Anderson's Brain Wave (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_Wave).

June 8th, 2009, 11:00 AM
thanks much :) missed the name quite a bit i guess :)

June 8th, 2009, 04:52 PM
wait a second....

I am pretty sure about that name, not only that, the book was twice as long, and was more widely regarded, in fact I recall the science fiction writers of america voted it the best science fiction story ever in 1968.

It was primarily because of that book that for many years, Heinlein, Anderson and Clark were known as the "big three" of science fiction.

somehow thats all been changed........

June 10th, 2009, 06:55 AM
So, a mystery.;)
If it was highly regarded by SF authors then it was possibly a Nebula Award (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebula_Award) winner.
Another well known book that relates to a change is Fred Saberhagen's 'Empire of the East' omnibus novel.
I don't know how it can relate to the status of the 'Big 3'.:confused:
Another place to look is in the "Science Fiction Hall of Fame" books (there are about 4 of these).
Question: You're not mixing it up with this are you? - Kij Johnson (http://variety-sf.blogspot.com/2008/03/kij-johnson-evolution-of-trickster.html)