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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.
Over the past few years I've devoured most of the writings of Isaac Asimov, Octavia E. Butler, Kim Stanley Robinson, Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K. Read morePublished 23 months ago by CalltheDoctor
I'm going to keep this review short. Just wanted to give a rating so that system is fair, meaning the ratings are not filled with all 5 star people telling you to buy it. Read morePublished on June 8 2004
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If you like virus thrillers like Preston's The Hot Zone or Crichton's The Andromeda Strain then you will really like this book. Read more
Having loved scifi when young, I've become jaded over the years with the gendre. I guess it's because I love science, and so much of scifi strays pretty far from science and into... Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Dennis S.
Hard science, not hard science - the point is it's fiction, and it's entertaining.
I think the book will be perceived as better when taken in conjunction with the sequel. Read more
Not a scientist myself, I can't comment on whether what is discussed in this book is plausible scientifically. But as a fan of intelligent SF, this one is worth reading. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Jill Elaine Hughes
I must say, I was absolutely relishing reading this one because it sounded great. But be warned, if you know anything about retroviruses/retrotransposons, you will be sorely... Read morePublished on March 27 2004
It's an enjoyable read, but the science is definitely rubbery. Only humans have these evolutionary retroviruses? Wouldn't that provide absolute proof of the non-existence of God? Read morePublished on March 6 2004 by Dr. Carstairs