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by Stanley G. Weinbaum


The New Adam Stanley G. Weinbaum. AVON BOOKS A division of The Hearst Corporation, 959 Eighth Avenue New York, New York 10019.

The New Adam Stanley G. All rights reserved, which includes the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form whatsoever. For information address Ackerman Agency, 901 South Sherbourne Drive, Los Angeles, California 90035. First Avon Printing, May, 1969 Cover illustration by Jeff Jones.

By Stanley G. The New Adam (Ziff-Davis 1939). Resources in your library. Resources in other libraries. The Black Flame Originally in 1939. Past Masters: A Martian? Odd, I See (or a Taste of Milwaukee's Finest) by Bud Webster at Grantville Gazette. Stanley Grauman Weinbaum at Library of Congress Authorities, with 8 catalog records (books published 1936–1974). v. t. e. The Planetary series by Stanley G.

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The book's sense of strangeness is heightened by Weinbaum's deliberate blurring of the fine line between fantasy and reality at times. Likewise, Hall is so capable of creating realistic figments in his own noggin that it is often unclear if Sarah is actually visiting him or not.

Stanley G. Weinbaum, Science Fiction Stories. Strange Genius: Classic Tales of the Human Mind at Work Including the Complete Novel the New Adam, the 'van Manderpootz' Stories And Others. The Black Flame: Dystopian Novel. A Martian Odyssey and Other Science Fiction Stories of Stanley Weinbaum: Valley of Dreams, Flight on Titan, Parasite Planet, The Lotus Eaters, The Planet of Doubt, The Mad Moo. tanley G. Science Fiction Stories. Stanley G. Weinbaum, Jack London, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury.

Stanley Grauman Weinbaum (1902-1935) was an American science fiction writer. His career in science fiction was short but influential

In an America where civilization has collapsed, a young man sets out to see the world - and to fight the rising power of an empire. Stanley Grauman Weinbaum (1902-1935) was an American science fiction writer. His career in science fiction was short but influential. His first story, "A Martian Odyssey", was published to great (and enduring) acclaim in July 1934, but he would be dead from lung cancer within eighteen months.

The New Adam finds himself not in Eden, but in a crowded world of men and women who look like him but who cannot comprehend his powers or his unique mentality. Nature had placed Edmund Hall a rung higher on the ladder of evolution than the men around him. How could he live in a world populated by creatures as far below him as the ape is below us?

02. Morning On Olympus. Book I. The Pursuit Of Knowledge.

02. 01. Traffic With Nature. 05. The Seed Of Power. 06. Friendship And Humor.

Author: Weinbaum, Stanley G. (Stanley Grauman), 1902-1935. Books - News - Features - Archives - The Inside Story. Weinbaum is best known for his short story A Martian Odyssey which has been influencing Science . Weinbaum is best known for his short story A Martian Odyssey which has been influencing Science Fiction since it was first published in 1934.

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Stanley G. Weinbaum was one of the great "what if..." authors in sci-fi history. Perhaps no other writer before or since has been so influential, and shown so much early promise, only to have that budding career cut tragically short. The Kentucky-born author caused a sensation when his very first tale, "A Martian Odyssey," appeared in the July 1934 issue of "Wonder Stories," and its ostrichlike central alien, the unforgettable Tweel, was a true original of its kind. In a flurry of activity, Weinbaum went on to create some two dozen more short stories, plus three novels, before succumbing to lung cancer in December '35, at the age of 33. (Robert Bloch, a friend of Weinbaum's, has since written that he actually died of throat cancer; don't ask me.) It had been many years since I'd read the classic Ballantine edition "The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum," which collects 12 of these wonderful stories and is preceded by some gushing words of praise from Isaac Asimov, so on a whim, I picked up Weinbaum's posthumous novel "The New Adam." This book, which was first released in 1939, has been called by "The Science Fiction Encyclopedia" Weinbaum's "most important sf work...one of the most careful and analytical works produced by an sf writer in the pre-War period...."

"The New Adam" tells the life story of Edmond Hall, who is born in Chicago near the beginning of the 20th century with an odd physical deformity: an extra joint on each of his fingers. As Hall grows up, he discovers that his brain is capable of thinking along two different tracks simultaneously; indeed, it is as if his brain were divided into two discrete halves, each capable of independent thought and of engaging in conversation with the other. As it turns out, Edmond is nothing less than a biological sport, a mutant, the next step in mankind's evolution, and undoubtedly some kind of maladapted, antisocial genius. A friendless loner, he tries to figure out what to do with his life after graduating from college. He decides that the pursuit of knowledge is a dead end--"intellectual masturbation"-- after constructing a limitless source of energy, an atom smasher, for fun. The idea of the pursuit of personal power is quickly rejected, when he decides that, as regards human beings, "He did not hate them enough to oppress, nor love them well enough to guide." Thus, Hall determines that his only hope for future happiness lies in the pursuit of pleasure. He tracks down an ex-schoolmate, a flapperlike beauty named Vanny Marten, and uses his powers of brain control and mental manipulation to coerce her into marriage, much to the dismay of her suitor, the poet Paul Varney. But trouble arises when Hall meets a plain-Jane female mutant like himself, Sarah Maddox, who alone can give him the intellectual stimulation that no other human can, including Vanny....

I'm not going to lie to you: "The New Adam" is a very strange book. The reader is given access to Edmond's cerebration processes, and that mind is a very dark and daunting area to explore. The man is given to constant philosophizing on the human condition, and is prone to both speak AND think in perfectly metered poetry that he concocts on the spot. He dwells on art, beauty, intelligence, the nature of time, Einsteinian physics and other recondite matters incessantly, the two halves of his brain batting speculations back and forth. Weinbaum emphasizes repeatedly how truly alien Hall is, and Edmond even reflects at one point that he could pass for "a changeling, a Martian smuggled here by some inconceivable art." The book's sense of strangeness is heightened by Weinbaum's deliberate blurring of the fine line between fantasy and reality at times. The honeymoon that Hall and Vanny take is indeed so dreamlike that the reader must wonder if perhaps the whole thing is another hypnotic suggestion placed into the young bride's mind. Likewise, Hall is so capable of creating realistic figments in his own noggin that it is often unclear if Sarah is actually visiting him or not.

Strangeness aside, Weinbaum's book is undoubtedly very much a triumph; a highly ambitious, beautifully written affair that aspires to the realms of the great American novel. Though now almost universally lauded as one of sci-fi's most seminal creators, the author here has created a book that is only marginally science fiction. If it weren't for some of Hall's futuristic inventions--that atom smasher, a gravity neutralizer--the book could almost be regarded as an impressively literate love story. The book is at times sexually frank, too, especially for its day (Edmond notes, with his two minds, Vanny's "Cheyne-Stokes breathing" during intercourse), and Weinbaum plays a risky game by making his central character unlikable; a user and manipulator of everyone around him, as well as a haughty, cold fish. And yet, the reader does somehow feel some sympathy for Edmond, lonely social misfit that he is; "I suspect the inflicting of intelligence is the greatest injury Fate can do to any being, for it is literally to thrust that being into Hell," he ponders at one point. And like the title character of the 1933 film "King Kong," which Weinbaum had to have seen, Edmond is very much a creature of whom it can be fairly said "Beauty killed the beast," and the poor wretch essentially destroys himself by trying to choose between intellectual and physical attraction. He is like a mutant egghead version of TV's Dobie Gillis, drawn to the beautiful Thalia Menninger type while knowing that he is more suited to the homely Zelda Gilroy. Unlike the other superman who first appeared in the late '30s (you know...the Clark Kent/Kryptonian fella), Edmond is never able to fit in anywhere, to his eternal undoing, and the reader does feel his pain.

"The New Adam" is wide ranging in its literary references (James Branch Cabell, Camille Flammarion, "Tristam Shandy") and is often heavily symbolic; its lead characters are likened to mythological and Biblical characters (Eve, Lilith, Iblis) on occasion. Oddly enough, Edmond, it is revealed, is the possessor of a rare copy of "The Necronomicon," the evil tome that figured so prominently in many of H.P. Lovecraft's stories; the two authors, it turns out, were indeed mutual fans! And Weinbaum is even a tad prophetic in his book; at one point, Hall ponders "Let the beasts outside once learn the secret of the atom and the next little war will tumble civilization into the abyss.

"'The New Adam' is a classic of the period," "The Science Fiction Encyclopedia" tells us, and indeed, I cannot say that I have ever read a book quite like it. "I have always found difficulty in discriminating between what you term great and mediocre literature," Edmond says toward the end of this impressive novel, but no such problem arose for this reader as regards "The New Adam." This is undeniably great literature....

(By the way, this review originally appeared on the Fantasy Literature website, a most excellent destination for all fans of Stanley G. Weinbaum....)
Talvinl
Sometimes said to be the `classic' (and perhaps the first) Superman novel, The New Adam attempts to examine seriously and thoughtfully how a man born as the next step in human evolution might cope with a world populated by inferior beings.

Allegedly nine years in the making, The New Adam was first published in 1939 with the help of his wife four years after Stanley's death. She went on to edit/complete and publish many more of his works posthumously in the years that followed. Many of his short stories (including Valley of Dreams, Mad Moon, Redemption Cairn, Lotus Eaters and Parasite Planet) were initially published in early SF pulp magazines like `Astounding" or `Wonder Stories'.

The New Adam is the tale of Edmund Hall, a superman. This superman is no caped crusader fighting for justice though. Rather, he is a dual-brained super-intellect with an IQ so far off the charts that normal human beings appear as Neanderthals next to him.'While the story is fascinating, the book may best be enjoyed as a glimpse into 1930s science fiction writing styles.

NOTE: An excellent companion book to "THE NEW ADAM" book might be `GLADIATOR' by Philip Wylie, which also explores the `superman' concept from a slightly different angle.

-Michael Jaquish, Author
Country Cop Books
Inerrace
There have been numerous science fiction novels dealing with what the next step in human evolution might be like. This one is one of the very best. Unfortunately, it appears to be out of print; perhaps forever. This is a shame for it is one of the most realistic and plausible stories on this subject ever done. Additionally, this novel is very well written, superbly so, and makes for an excellent read.

In this story, our evolved human is born into modern society without anyone knowing his nature. Slowly he realizes the differences between himself and contemporary humans, and therein lies a fascinating story.

There is not much else to tell. If you find this one, buy it! I have been on the lookout for a copy for years. Highly recommended. RJB.
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