By Greg Bear
Greg Bear's powerfully written, brilliantly artistic novels mix state-of-the-art technological know-how and unforgettable characters, illuminating mind-blowing new technologies--and their hazards. Now, in Darwin's Radio, undergo attracts on state of the art organic and anthropological learn to offer us an ingeniously plotted mystery that questions every little thing we think approximately human origins and destiny--as civilization confronts the subsequent terrifying step in evolution.
A mass grave in Russia that conceals the mummified continues to be of 2 ladies, either with child--and the conspiracy to maintain it mystery . . . an immense discovery excessive within the Alps: the preserved our bodies of a prehistoric family--the infant baby owning annoying features . . . a mysterious sickness that moves basically pregnant girls, leading to miscarriage. 3 disparate proof that may converge into one science-shattering truth.
Molecular biologist Kaye Lang, a consultant in retroviruses, believes that historic illnesses encoded within the DNA of people can back come to lifestyles. yet her idea quickly turns into chilling fact. For Christopher Dicken--a "virus hunter" on the Epidemic Intelligence Service--has pursued an elusive flu-like affliction that moves down expectant moms and their offspring. The surprising hyperlink: anything that has slept in our genes for thousands of years is waking up.
Now, because the outbreak of this terrifying sickness threatens to develop into a dangerous epidemic, Dicken and Lang, besides anthropologist Mitch Rafelson, needs to race opposed to time to collect the items of a puzzle simply they're built to resolve. An evolutionary puzzle that may make certain the way forward for the human race . . . if a destiny exists at all.
A fiercely clever, totally spell binding novel of experience and concepts, genetics and evolution, a fast paced mystery that's grounded within the undying human subject matters of fight, loss, and redemption, Darwin's Radio is certain to develop into some of the most talked-about books of the yr.
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He fell, and the shining ones glided in toward him. 60 | LEIGH BRACKETT VIII Twice before in his life Stark had come near to freezing. It had been like this, the numbness and the cold. And yet it seemed that the dark force had struck rather at his nerve centers than at his flesh. He could not see Ciara, who was behind him, but he heard the metallic clashing of her mail and one small, whispered cry, and he knew that she had fallen, too. The glowing creatures surrounded him. He saw their bodies bending over him, the frosty tendrils of their faces writhing as though in excitement or delight.
Stark went silently out into the streets, toward the King City. According to the immemorial pattern of Martian city-states, 46 | LEIGH BRACKETT the castles of the king and the noble families were clustered together in solitary grandeur. Many of the towers were fallen now, the great halls open to the sky. Time had crushed the grandeur that had been Kushat, more fatally than the boots of any conqueror. In the house of the king, the flamboys guttered low and the chieftains of Mekh slept with their weary pipers among the benches of the banquet hall.
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Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear