Recommended - Nebula Winner

Bear, Greg
book-date: 1999
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David Gifford

Book= Fine
Dustjacket= Fine

Science Fiction Book Club (September) 1999 hardcover (matches/simultaneous with the Del Rey hardcover edition - both follow the British hardcover first which came in April.) Cover photo by David Gifford, 430 pages. Condition is Fine in a Fine dustjacket: very tight and square; age tanning is negligible; no interior marks stamps or writing; no bumping to ends of spine or corners. DJ is very clean with no tears; bare hint of wear to back cover. This looks new/unread.

Darwin's Radio - Greg Bear's second Nebula-winning novel from the Nineties. (Winner of the 2001 Nebula award - Best Novel.) Bear came into prominence in the Eighties with stories and novels which were award nominees and winners. Short fiction "Blood Music" and "Tangents" won both Hugo & Nebula awards, "Hardfought" won a Nebula. I would call him a literary descendant of Arthur C. Clarke, for his hard-science approach mixed with a strong sense of wonder. In the Nineties, he won "best novel" Nebulas for Moving Mars and Darwin's Radio. I strongly recommend this.

A mass grave in Russia that conceals the mummified remains of 2 women, both with child - and the conspiracy to keep it a secret... a major discovery high in the Alps: the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family - the newborn infant possessing disturbing characteristics... a mysterious disease that strikes only pregnant women, resulting in miscarriage. Three disparate facts that will converge into one science-shattering truth. Molecular biologist Kaye Lang, a specialist in retroviruses, believes that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can again come to life. But her theory soon becomes chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken - a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service - has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. The shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up.

As the outbreak of this terrifying disease threatens to become a deadly epidemic, Dicken and Lang, along with anthropologist Mitch Rafelson, 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. Bear takes on the idea that evolution doesn't seem to move steady and slowly, but in sudden jumps - making for an intelligent, thought provoking novel.