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    Blood Music (S.F. Masterworks) (Paperback) By (author) Greg Bear

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    DescriptionVergil Ulam's breakthrough in genetic engineering is considered too dangerous for further research. Rather than destroy his work, he injects himself with his creation and walks out of his lab, unaware of just quite how his actions will change the world. Bear's treatment of the traditional tale of scientific hubris is suspenseful and a compelling portrait of a new intelligence emerging amongst us and changing our world irrevocably.


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    Title
    Blood Music
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Greg Bear
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 131 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 262 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781857987621
    ISBN 10: 1857987624
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCI
    DC21: 813.54
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    BIC subject category V2: FL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11300
    BISAC V2.8: FIC028000
    Orion Categories: F|05
    Thema V1.0: FL
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Gollancz
    Publication date
    12 April 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    SALES POINTS * #40 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written. * Blood Music won the Nebula and Hugo Awards in its original shorter form. * 'One of the few SF writers capable of following where Olaf Stapledon led, beyond the limits of human ambition and geological time' Locus * 'Arthur C. Clarke has his most formidable rival yet' The Times
    Review text
    Expanding one of his splendid short stories (a standout in The Year's Best Science Fiction, 1984), Bear has fashioned a woefully ragged and aimless novel - despite some arresting ideas and images. Genius researcher Vergil Ulam, developing organic microcomputers, hits upon the notion of putting the cell's own DNA to work as a computer; his technique is so successful that computing bacteria become as intelligent as mice. But then Vergil's self-serving boss orders his research shut down - so, to save the experiment, Vergil injects himself with his own computerized blood cells. The cells spread; soon his body's other cells, working in concert, become more intelligent than Vergil himself - beginning to redirect his metabolism to their own ends. And meanwhile Vergil unwittingly infects others with the computing cells, causing them to undergo weird physical transformations and eventually dissolve. . . as they become linked in a vividly described super-organism encompassing plants, animals, even buildings. Unfortunately, however, while some of the original story's concepts remain striking, Bear's additions - uninvolving subplots, vague and unsatisfying explanations - only manage to dilute and obscure. Very disappointing work from a strong talent. (Kirkus Reviews)