Children of the Atom

Children of the Atom cover

Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras was originally published in 1953 and has recently been reissued by Red Jacket Press. Here’s the book description:

Imagine a group of incredibly gifted children — all roughly the same age, all hiding amazing abilities from a world they know will never accept them, and all the result of genetic mutation. One man commits himself to the task of gathering these extraordinary children into an experimental new school, both to guide them in the use of their unique abilities and to shield them from the jealous suspicions of the ‘normal’ population.

Sound familiar? The publisher claims, “It has often been credited with providing the inspiration for Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s world-famous comic book creation The Uncanny X-Men.” A book excerpt is available at the link.

Interesting fact: Although this was her only science fiction book, the Science Fiction Book Club named it one of the Most Significant Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years in 2002.


One Response to “Children of the Atom”

  1. Shawn Hill Says:

    Sounds a bit like Theodore Sturgeon’s More than Human, too.

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