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Greg Bear is the author of twenty-four books, which have been translated into a dozen languages. He has been awarded two Hugos and four Nebulas for his fiction. He was called the "best working writer of hard science fiction" by The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra. Darwin's Radio is a 2000 Hugo Award nominee.

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Is evolution a gradual process, as Darwin believed, or can change occur suddenly, in an incredibly brief time span, as has been suggested by Stephen J. Gould and others? Bear (Dinosaur Summer and Foundation and Chaos) takes on one of the hottest topics in science today in this riveting, near-future thriller. Discredited anthropologist Mitch Rafelson has made an astonishing discovery in a recently uncovered ice cave in the AlpsÄthe mummified remains of a Neanderthal couple and their newborn, strangely abnormal child. Kaye Lang, a molecular biologist specializing in retroviruses, has unearthed chilling evidence that so-called junk DNA may have a previously unguessed-at purpose in the scheme of life. Christopher Dicken, a virus hunter at the National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, is hot in pursuit of a mysterious illness, dubbed Herod's flu, which seems to strike only expectant mothers and their fetuses. Gradually, as the three scientists pool their results, it becomes clear that Homo sapiens is about to face its greatest crisis, a challenge that has slept within our genes since before the dawn of humankind. Bear is one of the modern masters of hard SF, and this story marks a return to the kind of cutting-edge speculation that made his Blood Music one of the genre's all-time classics. Centered on well-developed, highly believable figures who are working scientists and full-fledged human beings, this fine novel is sure to please anyone who appreciates literate, state-of-the-art SF. (Sept.) FYI: Bear has won two Hugos and four Nebulas. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"SHEVA," a long-dormant mechanism inside human DNA, is modifying human evolution in a short, fast burst instead of on a long, slow trajectory. Politicians and scientists struggle for understanding amid the tension of civil unrest, political anarchy, abortion, choice, and mutation. There is even romance: a clumsy love triangle involving the three principal characters, all scientists of one stripe or another. This tale is as compelling as Richard Preston's The Cobra Event or Robin Cook's best work but with markedly better, often graceful, writing. Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Bear paces the plot well, offering ample excitement as well as good character development. Listeners who have forgotten their high school biology may tire of the techology-heavy language (quick, what's a ribosome?) but will endure and complete this intriguing "hard sf" story. George Guidall narrates fluidly, and his typically clear characterizations and subtle voice tactics navigate biotechnological tongue twisters with aplomb. Recommended for sf collections.DDouglas C. Lord, Hartford P.L., CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"A masterpiece . . . Fascinating."
--USA Today

"[A] RIVETING, NEAR-FUTURE THRILLER."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"VINTAGE BEAR . . . [His] characters are as complex as his ideas."
--The Seattle Times

"ABSORBING AND INGENIOUS."
--Kirkus Reviews

"BEAR IS ONE OF OUR VERY BEST, AND MOST INNOVATIVE, SPECULATIVE WRITERS."
--New York Daily News

"A WRITER FOR ANYONE CONCERNED WITH THE HUMAN CONDITION."
--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"IF ANYONE IS THE COMPLETE MASTER OF THE GRAND-SCALE SF NOVEL, IT'S BEAR."
--Booklist

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