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Das Darwin-Virus = Darwin's Radio (Darwin's Radio #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  7,244 ratings  ·  443 reviews
Ein Massengrab in Georgien, in dem die Leichen mehrerer schwangerer Frauen entdeckt werden - und eine VerschwArung mit dem Ziel, diesen Fund der A-ffentlichkeit vorzuenthalten ... Eine aufregende Entdeckung hoch in den Alpen: die gut erhaltenen KArper einer prAhistorischen Familie - mit einem Neugeborenen, das verwirrende biologische Merkmale aufweist ... Eine rAtselhafte...more
Hardcover, 564 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Spektrum Akademischer Verlag (first published 1999)
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Robert
So I keep on reading Bear novels, feeling disappointed, waiting a while, then rinse and repeat.

This time I've clarified why I am so ambivalent about this guy: he has fascinating ideas then writes dull books about them. The premise here is an extreme example. Our "junk" DNA turns out to be a collection of emergency rapid-response evolutionary accelerators - and the emergency response has just been triggered. Cue mysterious pregnancies, peculiar facial mutations and a really big scientific mystery...more
Stephen
3.5 stars. Excellent concept and great science highlight this very good "hard" SF story.

Winner: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Mina Villalobos
The first 200 pages or so of this book are incredibly engaging and interesting. I wasn't put off by the science talk, though there was too much of it -someone who truly understood it would probably find a lot of holes in it, and someone who didn't get it beyond the basics didn't really need to read so extensively about it- but after the first half, the book starts taking a plunge south. I stopped caring about the characters at some point in the middle, the female lead turning into quite a trope...more
Stef
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Amber N
An interesting look at what might possibly be the next stage of evolution. Greg Bear's Hugo nominee is a wonderful mix of scientific and political thriller as well as a study of human reactions and relationships. Beautifully laid out and written in an interesting manner.

After I finished this book I sat back and thought, my god, I know all about viruses and diseases and retroviruses now. Greg Bear does not dumb down the science to make sure his audience gets it, instead he explains everything sev...more
Monica
I really liked this book. The author obviously researched the subject matter thoroughly, and there was a good balance of science and engaging plot line. I found it to be an easy and fun read, and I will definitely be reading more books by this author in the future.
Brad
The first time I read this I felt horrified and dazed for weeks. I still consider this a masterpiece of horror/sci-fi. The characters are somewhat memorable, but more memorable is their pain; indeed, the pain of the whole world was felt in the back of my mouth, preparing it rise up from my stomach, up the pipe, out the maw, to hang onto my lip and smack me thrice on my face, wink, and then jump off to slither under the door-jam and horrify someone else.

Don't get me wrong, this is a pure sci-fi n...more
Julia
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A CDC disease chaser discovers a virus that seems to be asymptomatic in everyone but pregnant women, and mass graves in Georgia (the country) and a newly discovered family of forty thousand year old mummies suggest this isn’t the first outbreak. And our heroes -- that CDC disease hound, a successful biologist, and an anthropologist with questionable ethics -- begin to suspect it isn’t an outbreak at all.

Okay, so it’s not actually a ‘read a textbook instead’ science fiction book. I mean, the scie...more
Joe
This sci-fi "thriller" never really worked for me. The basic premise -- there is a virus that allows the human genetic code to undergo a massive change to a higher lifeform -- provides a reasonable basis for the novel, but as a story it never comes together.

The details of the new virus slowly emerge, as more people become infected and scientists start to study it. Instead of building dramatically in the novel, it gets slowly dished out with enough hints as to where it is going that I started to...more
Dan
Sep 07, 2007 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of hard science fiction
Shelves: sci-fi
Darwin’s Radio is a pleasure for someone who loves hard science fiction, as I do. Here’s the premise: SHEVA, a retrovirus long-buried in our genes, suddenly awakens and begins to attack pregnant women, forcing them to miscarry after three months. But that’s just the beginning – after the miscarriage, these same women spontaneously become pregnant again, this time developing a fetus that’s not quite human. The federal government, led by the science establishment, after first denying the truth, th...more
Kathy Bell
Actually 3.5, were that possible on GoodReads.

I really enjoy science fiction with lots of science, and especially evolutionary concepts, so this book appealed to me immensely in theory. In practice, I found myself skipping huge amounts of text so I could move the plot along. The science behind the concept was intriguing and well developed, but the rest of the story dragged on longer than I thought necessary. For those who like their scifi with indepth descriptions of every character and their ev...more
Katie
I liked it. I started it as an audiobook for a long weekend drive up to Eugene and I liked it enough to check out the book and finish reading it once I got back-I thought about finishing it through the cds but that would have taken too long and I HAD to know what would happen. It's really like two books in one. The first part has lots of science and a slower pace, then the book starts to go down an entirely different and unexpected path, raising some interesting ethical issues along the way. The...more
Patrick Gibson
There is a significant amount of science revolving around evolution, genetics, virology, and mutation. Bear crafts a magnificent story about these subjects as they apply to the mass population and how we as humans might react to biological issues. What would humans do if the homo sapiens species was threatened? What kind of politics would unfold in the local and national level? These are some of the most important issues that Bear addresses and chronicles. It is interesting to read about the har...more
Kim
This might be the most engaging sci-fi book I've read in months or possibly years.

Although I had to fight my inclination to edit the book as I read (lots of extraneous details that hinder rather than help, and some clunky habits), the story was compelling enough to keep me reading at a rapid clip.

In present-day end-of-the-millennium, a massive challenge to the accepted theory of gradual evolution threatens the entire human population's ability to understand itself. Bear's managing to take such a...more
Lis Carey
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...more
Tara
This book was fabulously engaging and well-orchestrated. Despite setting and character shifts at the end of every chapter, it was never difficult to track where on the timeline and geography of the novel I was. The scientific precepts of the book, while fantastic, are not unbelievable and deal with what the author calls subspeciation. The tenet of the book is that evolution is a force of its own - that the human genome gathers information and stores it in what we call 'junk' DNA [ha! biology! I...more
Cyril
There is a marvelous skinny book inside this sluggish fat monster longing to get out: no more than 200 pages, please!

Its at times like these that I understand the True Value of Reader's Digest Condensed Books. Trim it down by half, cut out the turgid subplots, the rambling characters who drift in and out!

And yet started so well ... taut and crisp, it tingled the curiosity and fired the imagination ... only to spiral down into ever increasing, never ceasing scientific ramblings and soap opera sub...more
Jason
Jan 08, 2011 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore Science Fiction readers
A very detailed and hard Science fiction book especially in the first half. Very engaging story line and a interesting look into evolution and the social implications of what could happen in today's time if there was a new take on the human race. As good as the science fiction part of the book was written I found myself wanting more on the social implications and how the government responded to the crisis. How far would any government go to protect the existing human race to the potential threat...more
Sluggish Neko
To give you an idea of how much molecular biology research went into Darwin's Radio, let me just say that there is a glossary of terms like "phage" and "retrotransposon" included at the back of the book. I have to admit a lot of it is quite sound. The terms the characters toss around are mighty close to the scientific papers I read when I studied this stuff in college. And while the science is fascinating, the characters, unfortunately, are not.

It isn't so bad at the start. The viral outbreak in...more
Jeff
Jun 10, 2010 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of soft science fiction; medical thrillers; gov't cover up stories
Recommended to Jeff by: James Gunn's 2010 CFSF Summer Intensive
Shelves: science-fiction
There had never been any physical evidence found of how speciation occurred in the human race. Had Neandertals slowly evolved over millennia into Homo Sapiens Sapiens or had evolution jumped directly to the next step in one generation?

Now actual physical evidence had been found in an ice cave in a remote section of the Swiss Alps. That evidence would not only prove that evolution could and would, in stressful times, give birth to the next evolutionary stage but would also give modern humanity th...more
John
While doing some driving around, I listened to the audio book of Greg Bear's Darwin's Radio, a bit of sci fi that I've had on my shelf for some years but never got around to reading. Well, it was a fine way to pass the time.

Here we have a collision of scientific worlds. A rogue archealogist finds a pair of neanderthal bodies high in the alps... along with a homo sapiens child... which seems to be theirs. Meanwhile, a strange virus emerges from deep within our own genes, causing women to have mis...more
Judy
I finished this book about a month before I wrote this micro review. It won the Nebula Award in 2000 and it is totally great. Science, medicine, government, business, politics are all involved in a story about anomalies that begin to show up in pregnant women and babies and look to certain scientists like some kind of evolutionary step but to government like a kind of virus plague similar to AIDS.

The heroes are two scientists with excellent minds. Kaye is a geneticist and Mitch an archaeologist....more
Cassandra Kay Silva
This is not my kind of literature. I assumed that I would like it, as it is known for its "scientific" underpinnings and had to do with DNA, replication, and genetics, which are all subjects that I generally enjoy. The main theme of the story (new line of humans on evolutionary tree) was good, and as the only way to present such information well would of course be fiction I had hoped this would be terribly interesting. Unfortunately, at least for me, I was bored. The love interest was not well d...more
Martyn Lovell
Darwin's Radio is a Sci Fi novel which postulates a different path for
"evolution" and the consequences for society.

The fundamental ideas involved here are interesting. The situation contrived has major societal, political and scientific consequences. But despite some interesting elements, this book doesn't do justice to the potential of the topic.

The best part of the book are the raw concepts. The ideas here are interesting, and the impact on society is described interestingly and in a way that...more
Faith
Oh man. This was basically a DNF, as I did a lot of skimming.

I picked this up expecting a sort of virus-thriller (like Contagion, or the Andromeda Strain, I imagine). And besides, it was about things hiding in our genes and I have a keen academic interest in evolution.

But I could NOT get through this.

Firstly, the science. Bear actually started out solidly, talking about lysogenic viruses and how our genome could contain parts of these viruses. Okay, so far so good. Suddenly they could be activat...more
Michael
This is a complicated and somewhat difficult 'hard sci-fi' book about evolution. It started off slow but picked up steam so that by the end I was fully invested. Imagine a 'disease' that is spread from man to woman, and that causes pregnant females to miscarry. Then imagine that the 'disease' causes a second pregnancy that is virally (sort of) instead of sexually induced. Now imagine that the second pregnancy isn't a human being at all, but a sort of homo sapiens 2.0. This is the premise of Darw...more
Nick
Bear's story about the emergence of a new kind of human through the actions of a retrovirus fascinated me, and he wrote a real page-turner with this one. I particularly enjoyed the way he managed to stay with an engaging cast of characters while also zooming out to larger societal events and issues. The book ends in a way that implies a sequel without leaving any loose ends unraveling. Thought-provoking, too.
Jason
As a fan of Greg Bear I wanted to like this novel more than I did. The science is very good, quite real, and plausible. The storyline is strong but ends up being quite predictable, not something that I would expect from a Greg Bear Novel. If you are looking for a real science based future guess at what could be, then this is a read for you. I liked it, I didn't love it.
Patricia
I decided to just listen to the story, and pick up the few facts that I could remember or that might be relevant to the story. Then I realized that was exactly what I needed to just enjoy the story - which is great! Don't let the technical jargon and explanations about genes, DNA, or chromosomes scare you off this book - you don't have to remember everything they tell you about them (but it's very interesting to learn a little about how they work). It's a great read.

Greg Bear's fiction ingeniou...more
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.

A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.

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