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Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear

Darwin's Radio

by Greg Bear

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Skimmed but not interested any more.
  librisissimo | Mar 11, 2019 |
Bear is famous for Blood Music, a fix-up novel that postulated a virus that leads to our body cells become autonomously intelligent. Darwin's Radio returns to extreme biological speculation, but in much greater depth and sustained length. This time Bear explores a possible cellular mechanism for near-instant evolution. The focus is not on the new humans, who appear only at the very end, but on the parents and the effects of uncertainty and risk on society. Bear devotes a lot of time to the biology, sociology, and politics, both scientific and governmental. It is an impressive construction, with strong characters, but is also a good example of more being less. Nancy Kress in Nothing Human achieved comparable if not greater impact telling a similar story, with far less plausibility and attention to detail.

Still, highly recommended. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Dec 31, 2018 |
Young women are getting a virus, which causes them, if they are pregnant, to miscarry. But then they get pregnant again--without sex. Immaculate conception, apparently. Meanwhile, an investigator for the Centers for Disease Control, looking for a disease scary enough to preserve CDC's funding so that it will survive to fight the next big threat, finds evidence of strange massacres that have occurred in different parts of the world over the last fifty years: massacres of pregnant women and their husbands or partners. When their neighbors can be questioned about why it happened, they say that the women were bringing the devil's children into the world. An American scientist has discovered evidence that long-latent "junk DNA" in human cells has become active, and is doing something.

And a disgraced paleontologist discovers three frozen corpses high in the Alps--a Neaderthal man, a Neaderthal woman, and a newborn baby, who appears to be Cro-Magnon, but also, when tissue samples are resequenced, appears to be definitely her child, and probably the man's, as well.

This was fascinating to read, and I recommend it, but probably not to any woman who is pregnant. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Fantastic story and so well written. I did feel a bit bogged down in the scientific theory, but not understanding some of it did not take away from the enjoyment. At the end of the book there is a short explanation of the science and a glossary to assist if the reader chooses. It's not at all hard to imagine this story, or something like it, taking place. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
This book was fascinating, but it was a mental stretch. I was trying to pull back my high school and college bio classes. The perspective was fascinating and the portrayal of the governments role in the crisis felt very accurate. It made me think, which felt very good. ( )
  kbartosh | Mar 27, 2018 |
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All the best thrillers contain the solution to a mystery, and the mystery in this intellectually sparkling scientific thriller is more crucial and stranger than most. Why are people turning against their neighbors and their newborn children? And what is causing an epidemic of still births? A disgraced paleontologist and a genetic engineer both come across evidence of cover-ups in which the government is clearly up to no good. But no one knows what's really going on, and the government is covering up because that is what, in thrillers as in life, governments do. And what has any of this to do with the discovery of a Neanderthal family whose mummified faces show signs of a strange peeling?

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

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When a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years wakes up, will the human race survive?

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