Greg Bear was born in 1951 and published his first short story sixteen years later. His first novel was published in 1979, and his most famous novels, Blood Music and Eon, emerged during the eighties and have now become established classics.
Hal Cousins's investigations into prehistoric life forms lead him to nearly discovering the secret of longevity and mark him as a target by competing scientists, unscrupulous officials, and a mysterious mastermind. As Cousins tries to piece together fragments of precious clues, he uncovers a dark and deadly conspiracy that spans generations and continents. The author of Darwin's Radio continues to break new ground in imaginative and too-plausible sf, combining nonstop action and hard science to produce a powerful biotech-thriller that is both timely and frightening. A priority purchase for all sf collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/01.] Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
'Greg Bear has written an excellent thriller and one that easily ranks alongside Marathon Man or The Odessa File ... From start to finish this startling science thriller trying to guess ...an enjoyable and extremely readable thriller' Enigma 'A chilling air of highly infectious paranoia ... alarmingly proficient cross-genre thriller makes The X-Files feel curiously tame and is surely destined for cult success' Starburst 'Brilliantly playing on our fears about government conspiracies, Bear's remarkable thriller combines extremely authoritative scholarship with impressive page-turning skills' Starlog 'Whatever Bear touches turns epic ... rarely have I felt so much the presence of great events' THE TIMES 'Darwin's Radio is a tense technothriller in the Michael Crichton vein ... But it's got a disturbing twist ... profoundly unsettling.' NEW SCIENTIST 'Greg Bear's Darwin's Radio is one of the most intelligent and original thrillers of recent years ... a suspense novel that pushes a lot of contemporary buttons ... this season's most convincing candidate for a bestselling thriller ... As with his other books, the special pleasures of Bear's writing come from its interaction of Big Ideas with more down-to-earth human issues ... Bear is one of a handful of writers in the field who manage both the complexity of the intellectual material and the solidity and depth of feeling required for a 'novel of ideas' to be a real novel.' LOCUS 'Greg Bear builds a neat conspiracy, back-tracking the entire 20th century as he ties politics, war and atrocity into humanity's next upgrade. Real page-turning stuff' SFX
Bear's last novel, Darwin's Radio, won the 2000 Nebula for Best Novel. This inspired but disjointed SF thriller probably won't, though you wouldn't know that from rave blurbs by Tess Gerritsen, Stephen Baxter and David Brin. The book starts strong, with narrator Hal Cousins deep ocean diving in search of Vendobionts, primitive organisms harboring primitive bacteria that he hopes will catalyze his scientific quest for human immortality. Hal finds his Vendobionts, but as the sphere carrying him and his pilot ascends toward the surface, the pilot inexplicably attacks Hal, then the sphere. All survive, but soon after Hal learns that his twin brother, Rob, has been murdered. Both Hal and Rob had been pursuing similar paths to immortality, involving research into bacteria that colonize our bodies and that factor greatly in human life span; this research has brought them both into contact with a vast conspiracy called Silk, engineered by ex-Soviet scientists, that permits mind control through bacterial manipulation, with the trigger bacteria now infecting much of the world's population, including the U.S. president. If all this sounds far-fetched, it is, though the science is sound, and Bear doesn't make it more believable with flourishes such as a spooky Silk research facility in the middle of Manhattan hiding the immortal bodies of Russian elite including Stalin, and a book-ending assault on the seaborne headquarters of Silk; these and other narrative gambits smack of the Bond ethos at its hokiest. The novel is further undercut by Bear's confusing choice to alternate narrative duties between Hal and the former naval intelligence officer whom he turns to for help. Still, Bear creates strong characters and makes his pages fly, and his many fans will likely wallow happily in his paranoid vision. 8-city author tour; simultaneous BDD Audio. (On sale Jan. 2) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.