so i read this because bird-brian told me to.
i don't know that i am the best person to review sci-fi books. i have zero background in the genre, but for whatever reason, brian thought it would be amusing if i reviewed this.
so i will try.
soooo - okay - quick plot for you plotty folks out there - genius bad boy scientist gets fired from job for meddling with mammalian cells and conducting experiments outside of his job description. before he...more
In Greg Bear's funny and creepy and REALLY insane story, the rogue scientist invents a virus which... goes viral. Well, what did he expect? That it would stay where he told it and just watch tv? It develops intelligence. Learns the art of conversation. Says stuff like
WORDS communicate with *share body structure external* is this like *wholeness WITHIN* *totality* is EXTERNAL alike COULD DO WITH A BEER
No, sorry, I added the last bit. Anyway, the virus eats New York which t...more
Why is this book so horrible? It is because the concept is so _cool_. I couldn't put it down because it is just neat that a virus could become sentient! There is also some cool (though completely bogus) science and theory on observations of time. The only character worth caring about is the virus!
But I had to wade through bad sentence structure, useless characters that you...more
Though only seventeen years have passed since its publication, the book feels old--eerily so. Gene therapy is now a reality. The Soviet Union, which here rattles its nuclear sabers in a...more
The story concerns the accidental creation of sentient bacteria...more
It begins with a genetic research scientist, Vergil Ulam, and his personal research done at the lab where he works. He's brilliant, but not entirely ethical, although he doesn't see it that way, he feels he's entitled to what he does, for instance, he sees no problem hacking into a university's computer to fake his academic record, because he knows he's capable of the job he's d...more
At one level the book trots out the usual mad scientist and runaway technology storyline. Bear knows this as he has a scene in the early going similar to the ,em>Bicycle Thief where the director teases the audience into thinking the bicycle is about to be stolen only to casually back away. Bear's scientist, faced with having to destroy his engineered cells, is trying t...more
It didn't help that the plot was slow-moving and required a lot of suspension of disbelief. I don't know enough about hard science to judge the likelihood of any of this novel's events, but from a laym...more
The concept of this book is that nanobots are injected into humans to fight illness and disease, but soon the nanobots become self-aware and see...more
A biotech scientist does some bioengineering on his own lymphocytes and somehow endows them with high intelligence. Yes, they are individual cells that are each and every one self aware and conscious. When he injects them back into himself th...more
Εγώ πάλι βρέθηκα αντιμέτωπη με ένα αρκετά πρωτότυπο σενάριο που με έκανε να συλλογιστώ το παράδειγμα του Αϊνστάιν καθώς και κάθε ιδιοφυΐας, να συνειδητοποιήσω για άλλη μια φορά - μέσα από την ιστορία του βιβλίου- πόσο αχρείαστο και περιοριστικό είναι στην διάνοια το ανθρωπινό σώμα. Πως όταν και αν ο άνθρωπος καταφέρει να σπάσει τους περιορισμούς της αντίληψης και αποκτήσει πρόσβαση πέραν του δεδομένου 8% του μυαλού και της νοημοσύνης του, αντιλ...more
The story opens with misfit scientist Vergil Ulam conducting secret experime...more
Very movie-like narrative, having just watched Stephen King's 'The Mist' the day before starting to read this, I could easily envision this as a film. The language used when describing landsc...more
The emergence of the new intelligent life form assumes the form of a catestrophic plague, sweeping across North Amer...more
This is clearly a case of a short story having been stretched way too thin and spun into a dreadful novel, with the excellent concept coming at the start, and then? Less than half way through the initial story stops and is supplanted by a whole other story and set of characters that, well, quite frankly have little if nothing to do with how this o...more
A more up-to-date look at the worries of genetic engineering, "Blood Music" moves from an "Andromeda Strain" bio-thriller into speculation of physics and the nature of reality. It manages to do so smoothly, and without invoking any mystical hand waving, which adds greatly to its effect.
A solid read, and one that would sit well with anyone who enjoys near...more
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.