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"Bear is one of our very best."--New York Daily News
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About the Author

Greg Bear, author of more than twenty-five books that have been translated into seventeen languages, has won science fiction’s highest honors and is considered the natural heir to Arthur C. Clarke. The recipient of two Hugos and four Nebulas for his fiction, he has been called “the best working writer of hard science fiction” by The Science Fiction Encyclopedia. Many of his novels, such as Darwin’s Radio, are considered to be this generations’ classics.
 
Bear is married to Astrid Anderson, daughter of science fiction great Poul Anderson, and they are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandria. His recent thriller novel, Quantico, was published in 2007 and the sequel, Mariposa, followed in 2009. He has since published a new, epic science fiction novel, City at the End of Time and a generation starship novel, Hull Zero Three.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ibooks, Inc.; Reprint edition (October 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596873353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596873353
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,071,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an unusual book - even for Greg Bear. You notice this right away from the writing style which evokes the time period in which story takes place (1960s I believe). Greg has created a weird mash up of creepy horror, X-Files, and rural B-movie sci-fi. The story does not fully crystallize until about 60% of the way through the book when he reveals the core issue around which everything revolves. What was missing for me was the hard science fiction I have grown used to reading from Greg Bear. What little "science" there was was mostly parapsychology type stuff, which is fine, but it was not as fleshed out as I would've liked, and the only so-called hard science was vague references to particle beams. The book definitely creates a dark horror tone that left me with nightmares for two nights in a row. This book left me wanting something more that I can't define.
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By A Customer on June 21, 2004
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I can't understand the bad reviews. This book is important, not for the surface plot, but for the REALLY creepy idea that Bear purports - that mankind has become so powerful that we can now kill souls. This power has been ursurped from God (or whatever name you prefer) and we now face the consequences. This idea gave me the whillies. What a horrific thought. I am a reader of scifi, horror, etc., and this is the first time I ever came across this idea. Read it with an open mind and consider the possibilities.
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This is an intriguing and interesting horror novel. There are some interesting characters in it and it is quite well written.

The explanation behind the events is very well conceived and almost sounds convincing! Certainly it a class above most horror novel when it comes to a plausible, logical, consistent and credible scenario.

The actions scenes were well handled and generally made sense.

I would have liked certain elements to have been developed a bit further but overall I thought that this was a very decent and unsentimental novel.
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This is an intriguing and interesting horror novel. There are some interesting characters in it and it is quite well written.

The explanation behind the events is very well conceived and almost sounds convincing! Certainly it a class above most horror novel when it comes to a plausible, logical, consistent and credible scenario.

The actions scenes were well handled and generally made sense.

I would have liked certain elements to have been developed a bit further but overall I thought that this was a very decent and unsentimental novel.
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I have been a huge fan for Greg Bears books ever since I read the book Moving Mars. I have picked up several of his books. I love the Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children books and really enjoyed them. I have also read some of the older books Eon and The Forge of God.

Psychlone is quite a bit different than several of the books that I have read by Greg Bear. It still has the tell tell signs that makes me really like his books.

Almost all of the time that I spent reading the book I kept on wondering if I really liked the book or not. A large part of the book is spent building the story.

This book is focused mostly around two characters Tim, the last survivor of a small town in New Mexico. All of the people that lived there died mysteriously one night. The second is an engineer named Fowler, that is invited to investigate some strange occurrences in a small cabin out in the woods. This leaves him in a position studying something that he does not quite understand.

Fowler finds himself living in the cabin of his friend that mysteriously died. The cabin is haunted by what the book calls an earth spirit.

It turns out that the earth spirit and the thing that killed all of the people in the town in New Mexico did not have a lot in common other then they both hate humans and they both can be destroyed the same way.

So what caused the strange thing that is going from city to city killing people? The thing is called a Psychlone in the book because it is the psychic energy of all of the people that were involved in the explosions of the Atom bombs in Japan during WWII.

The story is interesting and it keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next.
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In the small town of Lorobu, New Mexico, a horror struck. For an unknown reason all but one of its more than eight hundred citizens wound up dead. But not just dead...they took whatever household objects they could find and in a fit of unspeakable madness, killed each other and themselves.

At an isolated cabin in the backwoods of California, a man took time off to visit his father for a few days. Later, the two men were found dead...the father killed his son and then himself.

The military, along with a few select "civilian contractors", (and the one survivor from Lorobu) begins to research the horrible events at these two places -- Lorobu and the cabin in California. What they discover may flip our whole world upside down and bring to bare some of Humanity's worst fears and most profound horrors.

Greg Bear's Psychlone is an interesting ghost story. What on Earth could turn hundreds of people so mad that they would kill themselves and others as they did. Psycholone explores a very tenuous ground for science fiction...viewing death from the spiritual point of view -- what happens to us after we die. (I say "tenuous" because science fiction is generally grounded in fact and then from those facts extrapolations are pulled. But with death and spirituality, there is very little hard fact.) Bear does a decent job of melding science fact with the realm of spirituality. The main problem with the tale was that there were just a few too many holes...how exactly were Lorobu and the cabin connected?? Nonetheless, I applaud Bear's attempt at combining science with the world of spirituality. The novel is recommended to anyone who enjoys Bear's stories...but don't expect a literary masterpiece.
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