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All the best thrillers contain the solution to a mystery, and the mystery in this intellectually sparkling scientific thriller is more crucial and stranger than most. Why are people turning against their neighbors and their newborn children? And what is causing an epidemic of still births? A disgraced paleontologist and a genetic engineer both come across evidence of cover-ups in which the government is clearly up to no good. But no one knows what's really going on, and the government is covering up because that is what, in thrillers as in life, governments do. And what has any of this to do with the discovery of a Neanderthal family whose mummified faces show signs of a strange peeling?
Greg Bear has spent much of his recent career evoking awe in the deep reaches of space, but he made his name with Blood Music, a novel of nanotechnology that crackled with intelligence. His new book is a workout for the mind and a stunning read; human malignancy has its role in his thriller plot, but its real villain, as well as its last best hope, is the endless ingenious cruelty of the natural world and evolution. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Is evolution a gradual process, as Darwin believed, or can change occur suddenly, in an incredibly brief time span, as has been suggested by Stephen J. Gould and others? Bear (Dinosaur Summer and Foundation and Chaos) takes on one of the hottest topics in science today in this riveting, near-future thriller. Discredited anthropologist Mitch Rafelson has made an astonishing discovery in a recently uncovered ice cave in the AlpsAthe mummified remains of a Neanderthal couple and their newborn, strangely abnormal child. Kaye Lang, a molecular biologist specializing in retroviruses, has unearthed chilling evidence that so-called junk DNA may have a previously unguessed-at purpose in the scheme of life. Christopher Dicken, a virus hunter at the National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, is hot in pursuit of a mysterious illness, dubbed Herod's flu, which seems to strike only expectant mothers and their fetuses. Gradually, as the three scientists pool their results, it becomes clear that Homo sapiens is about to face its greatest crisis, a challenge that has slept within our genes since before the dawn of humankind. Bear is one of the modern masters of hard SF, and this story marks a return to the kind of cutting-edge speculation that made his Blood Music one of the genre's all-time classics. Centered on well-developed, highly believable figures who are working scientists and full-fledged human beings, this fine novel is sure to please anyone who appreciates literate, state-of-the-art SF. (Sept.) FYI: Bear has won two Hugos and four Nebulas.
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Darwin's radio was a lot of fun, it got slow at some points, but I wanted to read on... It made me think a little about how things are going now. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rob McNeil
A tale about a file like symptom that causes mass miscarriages. Along with this medical tragedy we have many factors that lead to public panic and fear and destructive mayhem... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kate
An unexpected and hard fought journey forces man into a leap, not for the first time, not for the last time. Richly plausible. Highly recommended.Published 5 months ago by A R Shaw, Author
How does this book show up on best of lists of Sci-fi??? Do NOT waste your precious time. I never identified with a single character, it is WAY WAY WAY too long by half and it is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Vogel
I almost never fail to complete reading a book once I've started. This book was soooo slooooow in the middle that I had to give up.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic feat of storytelling and theoretical postulations about the 'next great leap' for mankind. Read morePublished 7 months ago by donsabai
This book is challenging in many ways. The writing is very good and Bear doesn't lose sight of the story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nancy l Wigren