An Audience for Einstein (2006 EPPIE Award Winner)

An Audience for Einstein (2006 EPPIE Award Winner) Professor Percival Marlowe Is A Brilliant, Elderly Astrophysicist Who S Dying, His Greatest Achievement Still Unfinished And Now Beyond His Diminished Means Doctor Carl Dorning, A Neurosurgeon, Finally Discovers A Secret Method Of Transplanting Memories From One Person To Another, Thanks To Marlowe S Millions Miguel Sanchez, A Homeless Boy, Agrees To Become The Recipient Of Marlowe S Knowledge And Personality In This Unorthodox Experiment, Enticed By Dorning S Promises Of Intelligence, Wealth And Respect, But Dangerously Unaware That His Own Identity Will Be Lost Forever What Results Is A Seesaw Battle For Control Of Miguel S Body, As Marlowe Learns To His Dismay What His Lifetime Of Arrogance And Conceit Has Earned Him And When Marlowe Stumbles Upon The Shocking Procedure Dorning Used In Desperation To Succeed, The Professor Does What He Must To Defeat Dorning And Redeem Himself At Last

Mark Wakely has held a lifelong interest in all things science related, dating back to high school when he won the Bausch Lomb science award in high school Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and is a college administrator at prestigious Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois He lives in a nearby town with his wife and three children, and is an avid reader and amateur astronome

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  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • An Audience for Einstein (2006 EPPIE Award Winner)
  • Mark Wakely
  • English
  • 03 October 2018
  • 9781594260964

10 thoughts on “An Audience for Einstein (2006 EPPIE Award Winner)

  1. says:

    Rooted in a strong morality tale, Mark Wakely s An Audience for Einstein represents a great introduction into science fiction especially for teens.While the writing feels stiff and unpolished in some places, and characters narrate life a little too much for my taste, the novel speculates what if we could save the memories and knowledge of one dying person at the expense of the future of another in this case, an eleven year old Professor Dorning creates a method to extract the knowledge from the brain of one of the world s leading scientists, Percival Marlowe, and plants it inside the brain of a impoverished adolescent, Miguel Sanchez Dorning lies, hides all of the facts, and manipulates two lives because he judges Marlowe s life as valuable than Miguel s.Miguel was only a poor Hispanic who didn t go to school what was the value of his life He panhandled with other teens while his mother struggled in rehab what was the value of his life There are a couple of encounters that feel like loose ends a a doctor in a hospital suspects Miguel might be in danger with Dorning, but never follows it upb child and youth services investigates Dorning, catches him in his lies, and he walksSome moments feel contrived Flat characters ring of uninteresting stereotypes a Miguel s panhandling friendsb two rookie police officers laugh and mock the maid who reports the suspected child abuseBeyond the lack of warmth, choppy writing, and minor flaws in structure, An Audience for Einstein is a good story Some passages even rise and capture the reader s fascination with some really fine moments a the title of the novel comes when Percival Marlow, now reborn as the child Miguel, stumbles into an opportunity to lecture a university class for a few momentsthe real professor of the class patronizes him and calls the class, an audience for Einstein b Miguel, an underprivileged youth, playing in the ocean for the first time in his life, tumbles beneath a wave and finds himself sucked deeper out to sea unable to swim, his life is in dangerThe core of the story cycles between the awareness of Percival Marlow back and forth with the awareness of Miguel Sanchez they share Miguel s body, but the threat looms that Marlow s brain will take overvanquishing Miguel s brain and presence forever Miguel will soon be dormant, never to return.Even though this will not be the best written book your students will read, many will enjoy the moral implications it is built upon An Audience for Einstein is a solid choice for any middle school classroom library I m looking forward to reading some Writer s Notebook entries or student reflections once they find this book on my shelves.

  2. says:

    Reviewed by Mechele R Dillard for TeensReadToo.comYoung Percival Marlowe was a typical science geek elderly Professor Marlowe is a Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist who needs time to complete all of the brilliant projects he has yet to share with the world Unable to find a way to retrieve his own youth, Marlowe backs the project of neurosurgeon Carl Dorning, hoping but never truly believing that Dorning s revolutionary technique of transplanting memories will prove successful by the time Marlowe s rapidly approaching death arrives Dorning knows that he only has one shot at transplanting Marlowe s essence, and realizes that the Professor doesn t have much time When he meets a young homeless boy, Miguel Sanchez, all of the pieces begin to fall into place But, when Marlowe finally realizes that this procedure may actually happen, he begins to question the moral implications of Dorning s potential success You ve wrestled with the procedures and won, but not with the long term consequences, Dorning Don t you see If you re successful, you might have found a unique way to create a new class of slaves p 42 Mark Wakely s first novel tackles some big issues, forcing the reader to weigh the value of the life of a genius of science against that of an illiterate street urchin Is the potential value of continuing a life already proven invaluable to mankind worth the sacrifice of one homeless boy who doesn t even know his own age Or is the unique spirit Miguel brings to humanity important than all of the equations and theories a second life for Professor Marlowe could offer 2006 EPPIE Award 2003 Authorlink New Author Award for Science Fiction 2002 03 Fountainhead Productions National Writing Contest Winner 2003 International Writing Competition, Finalist

  3. says:

    Professor Percival Marlowe, a Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist, is dying, much to his regret But he is not without hope years before, Doctor Carl Dorning, a neurosurgeon, had talked Marlowe into financing his research into preserving the brain in another body In the waning days of Marlowe s life, Dorning sees the necessity for finding a donor for Marlowe s brain and seizes upon Miguel Sanchez, a young homeless boy who doesn t quite understand what he is signing up to do.Evaluation This is what I would call old fashioned science fiction, which focuses on characterization rather than technology It s not an earth shaking book, but with all of its ethical questions actually would make quite a good discussion book for a bookclub.

  4. says:

    Similar to Flowers for Algernon An old scientist is near death and a doctor convinces him to transfer his mind into a boy The boy and scientist agree, but then both decide the doctor misled them The scientist uses his intelligence to foil the doctor s plan.Favorite quote His gaze grew hazy Cambridge, 1924, he said quietly, the words measured and precisely spoken, just as the professor used to speak, the cadence identical, and the inflection unmistakable.

  5. says:

    This is such an interesting book with a very intruding topic, some people thought it was dull at times, and I partially agree but it was completely worth reading Mark wakely gives us a glimpse at what the future might hold in his tale about neurosurgery

  6. says:

    I read this with my son when he was in 6th grade and it gave us a lot to talk about It s an intriguing book that raises some good questions about the value of life and the bounds of scientific research and knowledge.

  7. says:

    Great idea for a story line, but the writing was awful This book ended up being a chore to finish.

  8. says:

    Rating this four stars for the story, which is thought provoking and makes an interesting starting point for a group discussion The writing isn t extraordinary but it isn t awful, either.

  9. says:

    Was a fun read with ethical moral issues thrown inand a good ending.

  10. says:

    This was a book club book that I just could NOT get into I found the science of it very unbelievable I don t think I would have finished it unless it had been for book club.

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