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Those Magnificent Minds: Enhanced Intellects on the Loose in SF

What would you do to make yourself smarter? Take a mix of illegal drugs, preferably injected straight into the cerebral cortex? Implant your skull with all sorts of black market tech that might burn out your gray matter and leave you drooling on the upholstery? Total brain transplant?

Funny thing is, if any those dubious intelligence enhancement techniques actually worked and you were lucky enough to survive the procedure, you’d likely look back and think to yourself, “Well, that was dumb.” 

But superior smarts do provide for a lot of fun and games, especially when it comes to dealing with alien overlords, tyrannical governments, and pranking tech support. Here are three stories where the main characters achieve superhuman IQs through various means and then go on to steer human evolution and generally make things difficult for the powers-that-be.

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Cover & Synopsis: “The Curve of The Earth” by Simon Morden

Check out the the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Curve of The Earth by Simon Morden.
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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Equations of Life’ vs. ‘Theories of Flight’ vs. ‘Degrees of Freedom’

Hope you’re ready! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): In a world where the cover art for Science Fiction novels is often inundated by ray guns, spaceships and space marines, Orbit Books has gone in a very different direction with the upcoming release of Simon Morden’s Petrovich Trilogy. What do you think? Do you like like the outside-the-box design? Or do you prefer more traditional cover art?

And here’s what Anna Gregson from Orbit Books says about the designs:

To give you a bit of background on the cover concept – we have taken advantage of some classic optical illusions, choosing images that speak to the role of Samuel Petrovitch as a physicist and mathematician. In the Equations of Life cover, the white and black centre seems to start breaking into other colours. The Theories of Flight cover plays with dimensionality and also plays off a model of space-time as Einstein theorized it. The Degrees of Freedom cover starts to break the maze-like design into cells and levels which, I think, really portrays the feeling of entrapment.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.