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Blood Music Paperback – July 1, 1996
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An unusual 'invasion' by intelligent smaller beings who are changing the structure and definition of 'humanity' are at the heart of Bear's classic story which has been newly reprinted in paper for new audiences. Blood Music is one of his finest works and its appearance in this new edition assures that new audiences will relish his talents. -- Midwest Book Review
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. A multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner, he sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction. His novels Blood Music and Eon are both Gollancz Masterworks. A full-time writer, he lives in Washington with his family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, for my taste but maybe not for yours, the story goes to hell about 2/3 of the way in. From what felt like pretty classic hard "SF" the story transmogrifies to become way too metaphisical, new age, "force be with you" BS. Maybe it's just my age but I get along better with Day of the Triffid or even On the Beach resolutions to an end of the world story. I know some will not share my sensibilities but that's just the way I respond.
The first half of the book focuses on Virgil, a brilliant but perhaps short-sighted scientist who, in classic Sci-fi fashion, experiments on himself. The way he's written, it makes sense (to him) why he would do this. It could have been bad, but Bear makes it realistic, so my suspension of disbelief isn't taxed much at all.
The second half of the book switches between different characters, and gets into some meta-physical stuff that I think works better as a metaphor for politics than as hard science fiction. For example: at one point, Virgil is talking to the cells in his body, and he discovers that, to them, he's the universe, they're surprised there is an outside of him, but he isn't sure what they're up to, since he's only talking to the researchers, not the cells in charge.
Overall, it's a good book, and it's made me think about things since I've read it. Not saying it's perfect, but I'd recommend it.
An unscrupulous scientist converts his lymphocytes to have native intelligence. The inhabitants of Earth are eventually totally affected by this fast spreading change. I did not totally understand the ending and I wonder if the author did. That said, I enjoyed the book.
This is also the second copy of the book I've bought since my first ended up a gift and I still wanted a copy in my library.
Perhaps it's Bear's concept of an integration of nanobots forming a construct that surpasses humans' capacity, perhaps its is development that an altered consciousness will create on altered world, perhaps its his playing out of a theme of transformation that rivals 2001 but Bear's Blood Music is just pleasing and thoughtful to a superior degree for me.
I bought a Book of the Month copy in great condition. If I had loads of money I might buy a first edition signed by Bear\. That ain't going to happen!
Buy hardcover to your heirs or paper for yourself.
This is a great book worth reading, keeping, and reading again.