Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear

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“Virus hunter” Christopher Dicken is a man on a mission, following a trail of rumors, government cover-ups, and dead bodies around the globe in search of a mysterious disease that strikes only pregnant women and invariably results in miscarriage. But when Dicken finds what he’s looking for, the answer proves to be stranger—and far deadlier—than he ever could have imagined. Something that has slept in human DNA for millions of years is waking up.

Molecular biologist Kaye Lang has spent her career tracing ancient retroviruses in the human genome. She believes these microscopic fossils can come to life again. But when Dicken’s discovery becomes public, Lang’s theory suddenly turns to chilling fact. As the outbreak of this terrifying disease threatens to become a deadly epidemic, Dicken and Lang must race against time to assemble the pieces of a puzzle only they are equipped to solve—an evolutionary puzzle that will determine the future of the human race . . . if a future exists at all.

About Greg Bear

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Greg Bear, author of over 25 books, which have been translated into 17 languages, has won science fiction's highest honors and is considered the natural heir to Arthur C. Clarke. The recipient of two Hugos and four Nebulas for his fiction, he has been called "the best working writer of hard science fiction" by THE SCIENCE FICTION ENCYCLOPEDIA. Many of his novels, such as DARWIN'S RADIO, are considered to be this generations' classics. He is married to Astrid Anderson, daughter of science fiction great Poul Anderson, and they are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandria. His recent thriller novel, QUANTICO, was published in 2007 and the sequel, MARIPOSA, followed in 2009. He has since published a new, epic SF novel, CITY AT THE END OF TIME and a generation starship novel, HULL ZERO THREE..
Published March 4, 2003 by Ballantine Books. 544 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror. Fiction

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As a biological thriller, Darwin's Radio is also interesting to compare and contrast with Bear's earlier — and I think superior — Blood Music.

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I have been a fan of Greg Bear's for several years now, and whether he's writing epic, grand-scale science fiction (Foundation & Chaos, Eon, Eternity, Moving Mars), or deep character-drama tinged with hard sf concepts (Slant, Darwin's Radio), I am always entranced by his ideas and enthralled by t...

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