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Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear

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AuthorGreg Bear
TitleDarwin's Radio
GenreScience Fiction
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Submitted by Sam Emmott 
(Aug 01, 2003)

Darwin's Radio is about evolution - what would happen if a jump in evolution were to happen to mankind? How would the rest of society treat these new individuals? Greg Bear portrays a grimly realistic picture of how our society deals with those that are different from the "norm." Lots of technical information about the cutting edge of genetic research but you don't have to be involved in this sphere of work to enjoy this book.

I was gripped - I really wanted to find out what would happen to the characters and it made me think deeply about the possibilities for mankinds future.

Fans of sci-fi and those interested in archaeology, ancient history, evolution and future science will love it.

Submitted by L.M. Dilley
(Feb 10, 2000)

Are you looking for some real "hard" science fiction? Something really science based, the kind of stuff that makes you want to know more of the science field it is based in as well as more of the story?

Look no further! "Darwin's Radio", by Greg Bear is the book you've been waiting for.

Start with a theory-smashing discovery of the corpses of a frozen Neanderthal couple and a very modern-human looking baby. Continue with the finding of a very recent mass grave-site in an area of the former Soviet Union, containing the bodies of men and alot of pregnant women whose bodies evidence a strange mask-like area on the face. Mix in a deadly disease fatal to the un-born and that seems to threaten the end of the human race. How are these all connected?

What is going on here? How are we derived from our forbears, in the evolutionary sense? How is Homo Sapiens connected to the Neanderthal, when there is no "missing link" to be found between the two? What about those human endogenous retroviruses?

I'm truly sorry but I will not say anymore--this is a good novel, soundly based in science that presents a great novel of human interest as well as the classic lure of the science fiction "what if?" I will say it was a page turner, and really got me going with the story and it's mix with science fiction and sociology. Try it and see if you are not fascinated with the very credible sounding theories within.

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