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Slant Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
Bear's levels of conflict rise as high into the sky as his Omphalos, a utopian temple turned sour. His character Schnee has combined the neural nets of bees, wasps, ants and bacteria laden loam to create an ultimate biological computer capable of spreading prions of infectious RNA material throughout the globe-an ultimate biological weapon. Her tourette like virus, while forcing victims to utter obscenities also makes their brains work faster. Schnee sought revenge on and recognition from her old boss Nathan who had discounted her ideas. AI Jill, a conventional computer, finds herself in a death struggle with AI Roddy, a biological computer. Every character he uses either has an opponent or is engaged in a fierce struggle for their own identity.
We've heard of the quantum computer, the molecular computer, the DNA computer but who has even thought of a bacterial computer? And no writer gives a better model of how data flow can create designs to makes nanotechnology work. Bear seems to rip a crack in the biosphere-noosphere and peer into the future. Futuristic ideas abound-his speaker Torino explains how the earth has become a gigantic single cell. And as man creates self aware AI computers man's own personality is subject to fragmentation. All in all, enough new ideas to make Bear a trailblazer for future writers.
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I am not a reviewer, writer or critic. I usually only comment when I personally find something super good, or super bad. Unfortunately, this book is in the latter category. Read morePublished 9 months ago by n
"Slant" is a decent read for a sci-fi fan. Apparently it's a sequel to another book, but you don't have to read any other books to get the gist of "Slant. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lizzy Chrome
For me, this book still defines the best of science fiction. Though it's universe is certainly not our own, it's a plausible future (and a highly dramatic one) with the strengths... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Arthur Mortensen
What a writer! What an imagination! What a story!
Love it, love it, love it!
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Greg Bear's "Slant" was extremely forward-thinking when I originally read it years ago. I've now re-read the book at least three times (and soon, again on my Kindle) and I think... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by David Bias
I bought this book from the Science Fiction Book Club years ago
This is a story set in the future when the Internet hooks directly into the brain, and instead of... Read more
Greg Bear introduced me to sci-fi beyond the Star Wars extended universe. I enjoyed seeing a futuristic vision of Seattle, and Bear's anticipation of future civilization is... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Jillian Igarashi