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David Chance, the unknowing offspring of a long-forgotten experiment that produced genetically engineered child geniuses, learns terrible secrets about his own conception and discovers the horrifying course that human history is taking....

Title : Brain Child
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ISBN : 1351629
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 298 Pages
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Brain Child Reviews

  • Liviu
    2018-11-01 02:54

    Hard to say how many times I"ve read this book - I would guess this was my 7th or 8th reread of the novel, but possibly more, though first after the 4 year intensive sff reading/reviewing so I was curious how it will stand versus more modern sff - and the book still stands tall so to speak deserving a place on my all time favorite lists (that also covers the rest of the near-future Australia sequence of George Turner comprising Destiny Makers, Drowning Towers, Genetic Soldier and the posthumous Down There in Darkness); the book is a sort of retro-future Australia of the 2040's with climate change, overpopulation and no Internet, but the power of the narrative, the extraordinarily compelling style of the author, the superbly drawn characters and the twists and turns of the story spiced with a few nuggets of eternal wisdom (power corrupts, who do you trust to watch the watchers etc) make this a top-top sfnal novel.The story seems straightforward - in 2002 the government created super-babies of which 3 (quadruplet and related in-between like sort of cousins) groups of two girls, two boys A, B, C survived; group A turned to be good at science and group B at art but outside a few social dysfunctions they were within normal human parameters and were released at 18, while now in the 2040's they are reclusive and working for the government in group A case and just reclusive in group B case. David Chance, young upcoming journalist raised into an upscale orphanage (under the population laws extra children born without permits become charge of the state and are raised in orphanages and of course the rich people "indiscretions" get better orphanages...) gets summoned by Arthur Hazard (of group A, not to speak of the pun of the surnames plus the letter D) who declares that he is his father (not by intention as he was experimenting with sex when 18, a girl wanted to keep hold of him etc... and David did not get aborted as the girl concealed her pregnancy etc...also David is only known child of the groups) and that David has to undertake the mission he was raised for and subtly influenced from young age when his existence became known to Arthur and the government (so he became journalist etc)....After a bit of recriminations and feeling upset, David is hooked on the mission and so the adventure starts...And the mission - well remember group C; they were true posthumans, super-powerful, unknowable and the humans in charge got scared and kept them isolated, but at age 18 one of them, Conrad escaped to unknown hereabouts; returning a few months later he conferred with his group - nobody knows what about since once Conrad returned his group which until them accepted the humans surveillance and later harsh interrogation up to torture, now isolated itself and accepted only one nurse as point of contact - and then they committed suicide (they just stopped living), but Conrad tantalizingly mentioned a "legacy' to the nurse and only a few like Armstrong, the scummy politician that kept that nurse on his private payroll and the Hazards knew about that...Said legacy may have to do with human immortality or at least control of DNA and genetics, while David is also nudged to find out what happened to Conrad in his months away and why group C committed suicide on return...Just awesome and with so many twists and turns and a "jaw breaking" denouement that is still powerful on the 8th reading or soAll George Turner's books mentioned above in this sequence are superb, still relevant and highly readable though Brain Child is still the one that stayed with me the most

  • Matt
    2018-10-29 01:01

    This is a somewhat underrated and overlooked science fiction novel, which is told in something of the mystery novel style.The basic plot concerns a secretive program for breeding geneticly modified and mentally superior children, which after some initially promising successes failed under mysterious circumstances. The children from this program where divided into three groups: the 'A' group with advanced analytical skills, the 'B' group with advanced artistic skills, and the mysterious 'C' group. The protagonist of the story is the illegitimate child of one of the members of the 'A', who is charged by his hitherto unknown father with uncovering certain secrets which very quickly come to seem like they might best remain hidden.As with any mystery novel, there are a number of interesting twists along the way that keeps the story gripping and the issues underlying the story are thoought provoking.

    2018-11-04 00:40

    review of George Turner's Brain Child by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - November 2, 2011 I'm always looking for SF writers that I'm not familiar w/ who might be producing work outside of the series-w/-hero formula that many SF writers resort to, presumably for financial reasons. This one seemed promising - esp given that I'm also usually interested in titles that reference brains. &, indeed, I quite liked it - even though I only gave it a 3 star rating. It took me awhile to realize that Turner's an Australian writer but his use of the words "gaol" & "ratbag" (a personal favorite) were dead giveaways - as was mention of previous parts of the bk having appeared in the Strange Attractors anthology edited by Australian Damien Broderick (you can see an interview w/ him conducted by myself & Ghanesh here: Brain Child's a coming-of-age story of sorts - one that's potentially lurid enuf to appeal to 'reality' tv talk show couch potatoes but rendered far, FAR more interesting by its basic premise: The protagonist grows up in an orphanage & as he 'comes of age' is informed that he's the secret child of one of a group of genetically engineered people. Once this is revealed to him he becomes ensnared in a plethora of manipulative schemes all geared around uncovering a hidden history & potential fruits thereof. Turner's telling of the story is fairly straightforward as far as writing goes. I've read that he was a "late-bloomer" as an SF writer - having not started writing SF until he was in his 60s. As such, Brain Child is the work of a 'mature' writer - he wd've been around 75 when it was published. In this case, I don't think the 'maturity' contributed any particular writing skill - instead there's a sortof 'world-weariness' that seems to be a main subtext here. The bk explores various types of corruption & naivité that I think are reasonably accurately presented here. All in all, Brain Child is of the ilk of SF that I often seek out: critical observations of the present tense amplified thru an interesting possible future.

  • Bad Tim
    2018-10-30 02:56

    wow, this was a great story, but with a lukewarm ending. well worth the ride and the narrarator's pseudo-edwardian voice.pretty much everybody in the story is a self-serving jerk, but the glimpse into the future and the horrors of genetic tampering are compelling. it also has the hottest sex scene i've read in a long time... and there was no physical contact!

  • Jerico
    2018-11-10 00:42

    Really should be three and a half stars. Good stuff, in a slightly hokey near future setting, with an interesting cast of characters and a very interesting mystery. The portrayal of the enhanced children (and the adults they grow into) is done perfectly.

  • Ascian
    2018-11-06 22:10

    A beautiful story, well told, and very captivating. Delicious.I wish that George Turner had gotten more foreign recognition for his outstanding work while he lived.These days, I read Brain Child about once a year. I've read it over a dozen times by now, I guess.

  • Beth
    2018-10-26 01:41

    I agree with the reviews that say this is a pretty good sci fi book with a mediocre ending. Kind of reminded me of the end of The Jungle - talk talk talk.

  • Jack
    2018-10-26 02:09

    Poor science fiction. Dull plotting, uninteresting and unlikable characters, a near-future world sketchily imagined.

  • Rogue Reader
    2018-11-09 19:45

    Chilling future of genius sociopaths, destroyed. Turner is inventive and persuasive, turning corners and creating suspense.

  • Kyra
    2018-11-17 20:08

    Interesting and prescient, but in the end - dreary.

  • Richp
    2018-10-29 21:53

    Well done.

  • Marven Krug
    2018-11-15 19:53

    Great premise, but marred by some boring stretches in the middle. Good ending. Okay to skip this one...

  • Jacob
    2018-11-16 03:05

    As entertaining the second time as it was 10+ years ago!