SCIENCE FICTION BOOK SELECTION DARWIN'S RADIO
Darwin's Radio (1999)
2000 Nebula Award Winner
2000 Hugo Award Nominee
US Ballantine paperback
538 pages (left)
UK HarperCollins paperback
439 pages (right)
From the back cover of US paperback:
Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA
of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again -- or so molecular
biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is
in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" at the
Epidemic Intelligence Service, has pursued an elusive flu-like diseases that
strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. Then a major discovery high
in the Alps -- the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family -- reveals a
shocking link: Something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is
Now, as the outbreak of this
terrifying disease threatens to become a deadly epidemic, Dickon and Lang must
race against time to assemble the pieces of a puzzle only they are equipped to
solve -- an evolutionary puzzle that will determine the future of the human
race...if a future exists at all.
From the back cover of UK paperback:
The discovery of a mass grave of
mutated villagers in the Caucasus; a mummified prehistoric family revealed by
ice-thaw high in the Alps; a mysterious new disease that strikes only pregnant
women, resulting in miscarriage -- three disparate facts that will converge into
one science-shattering truth.
So-called junk genes that have slept
in our DNA for millions of years are waking up; the women who miscarry become
spontaneously pregnant again without sexual activity. The new babies are not
Governments enact emergency measures:
segregation of the sexes, abortion of all foetuses. Only three scientists in the
world believe it isn't a plague: famous biologist Kaye Lang, disgraced
paleontologist Mitch Rafelson and the government's 'virus hunter' Christopher
Dicken. Can their leap of faith overcome mass panic and superstition?
10 Wow! Don't miss it
8-9 Highly recommended
5-6 Mild recommendation
3-4 Take your chances
1-2 Below average; skip it
0 Get out the flamethrower!
U Unfinishable or unreadable
- Skipped or no rating given
Bear (1951- ) is a US science fiction writer.
1983 Nebula Award for Best Novella "Hardfought"
1983 Nebula Award for Best Novelette "Blood Music"
1984 Hugo Award for Best Novelette "Blood Music"
1986 Nebula Award for Best Short Story "Tangents"
1987 Hugo Award for Best Short Story "Tangents"
1994 Nebula Award for Best Novel Moving Mars
2000 Nebula Award for Best Novel Darwin's Radio
-- Darwin's Radio (1999)
-- Darwin's Children (2003)
Eon series or The Way series, hard SF:
-- Eon (1985)
-- Eternity (1988), sequel to Eon
-- Legacy (1995), prequel to Eon
Forge of God series:
-- The Forge of God (1987), tells of the end of the world
-- Anvil of Stars (1992), deals with the human survivors
Songs of Earth and Power, fantasy:
-- The Infinity Concerto (1984)
-- The Serpent Mage (1986)
These books are revised and combined as Songs of Earth and Power (1994)
-- Psychlone (1979), also published as Lost Souls (1982))
-- Hegira (1979)
-- Beyond Heaven's River (1980)
-- Strength of Stones (fixup 1981).
-- Blood Music (1985), about genetic engineering
-- Queen of Angels (1990), set in a future, transformed future Los Angeles
-- Moving Mars (1994), about a Martian colony
-- /(Slant) (1997), explores the possibilities of nanotechnology
-- Dinosaur Summer (1998)
-- Vitals (2002), a SF thriller
-- Dead Lines (2004)
-- Quantico (2005)
-- City at the End of Time (2008)
Several short novels (novellas) are Hardfought (1983, in Tor double
with Cascade Point by Timothy Zahn) and Heads (1990). Sisters (1992) is a chapbook.
He also wrote the second book of the Isaac Asimov inspired Second Foundation
Trilogy, Foundation and Chaos (1998).
Bear edited the anthology New Legends (1995, with Martin H. Greenberg).
Short story collections:
-- The Wind from a Burning Woman (1983)
-- Early Harvest (1988)
-- Tangents (1989)
-- The Venging (UK 1992), contains The Wind from a Burning Woman plus two stories
-- The Collected Stories of Greg Bear (2002)
-- W3 Women in Deep Time (2003)
-- Sleepside: The Collected Fantasies of Greg Bear (2004)
Media related books:
-- Star Trek #15: Corona (1984)
-- Star Wars: Rogue Planet (2000)