|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.