Blood Music

Blood Music

by Greg Bear

Vergil Ulam has created cellular material that can outperform rats in laboratory tests. When the authorities rule that he has exceeded his authorization, Vergil loses his job, but is determined to take his discovery with him.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Rating: 3.81
  • Pages: 344
  • Publish Date: September 1st 2005 by iBooks
  • Isbn10: 1596871067
  • Isbn13: 9781596871069

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i don't know that i am the best person to review sci-fi books. soooo - okay - quick plot for you plotty folks out there - genius bad boy scientist gets fired from job for meddling with mammalian cells and conducting experiments outside of his job description. before he gets booted to the curb with his cardboard box, he surreptitiously injects many of his little cells into his own body so he can continue his experiments in the privacy of his own home. they are like sentient little roombas, fixing his allergies and his eyesight - gentrifying his insides so the nice noocytes can move in and go condo. he is like jeff goldblum in the fly - he is better than human; he contains multitudes!! so north america is pretty much gone. no one knows - i guess she is the only sped in north america and the noocytes can't be bothered fixing her, and then the mother of the now-gelatinized bad boy scientist - she survives because... yeah, well no one knows, and then twin brothers (eeeek) survive because they have a lot of pesticide-exposure?? but slow girl goes to live in the world trade center (i pour out my 40-ounce) where she is visited by three ghosts who bring her food and... i used ethidium in some earlier experiments..." *zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz* "what you want is to add and subtract lengths of input DNA easily, and the feedback enzyme arrangement does this. (although if i ever get fired, i am going to inject SO MANY books under my skin so i can read them when i get home. i did learn that greg bear likes the word "cocantenations" as much as proust.

I believe the only other Greg Bear books Ive read are Eon and Eternity. I enjoyed both, especially Eon, but I remember having a few problems with the stories and was disappointed in the overall ending. Overall, it was a similar experience to Eon and Eternity, I enjoyed the read, but found myself let down at the end. A borderline hard sci-fi novel, which contains an escalating series of creepy, captivating, and skillfully described events, that disappoints due to a lack of strong characters and an anti-climactic finale.

MOULD, FRANKENSCIENCE AND MIRTH In Greg Bear's funny and creepy and REALLY insane story, the rogue scientist invents a virus which... Anyway, the virus eats New York (these things never happen in Nottingham or Albuquerque) which then looks like some giant has draped giant army surplus blankets over it. Greg Bear's very words - army surplus blankets. So of course 5 people are immune to the virus, everyone else becomes subsumed within the blankets, and just as in all other apocalypso books and movies, the five people find each other and all of the survivor malarkey goes on apace. So Greg had to get his survivors to meet somehow (this was before Tinder).

So Vergil Ulam, a not entirely sane scientist working for a biotechnology lab, experiments with lymphocyte (a form of white blood cell) to turn them into smart cells*. These noocytes soon develop sentience and start to transform Ulam from the inside. A lymphocyte This is by far my favorite Greg Bear book, Eon and The Forge of God are great sci-fi books but the ideas and plot of Blood Music are much more startling. While there are several variants of the noocytes creatures specially design to function in our macro-world I imagine a lot of them look kind of like gigantic tofu. (Sorry!) Quotes: Why limit oneself to silicon and protein and biochips a hundredth of a millimeter wide, when in almost every living cell there was already a functioning computer with a huge memory? A mammalian cell had a DNA complement of several billion base pairs, each acting as a piece of information. Information can be stored even more compactly than in molecular memory.

According to my buddy-reader and constant volunteller, Brad, the trilogy was NOT the author's best work, not by far, and I should read this short story. The story is about a scientist experimenting with biochips (computer chips that can be put in a human body). In the tradition of scientific horror stories, he takes it too far, even by the standards of the biotech company he's working for, and therefore gets fired.

There is also some cool (though completely bogus) science and theory on observations of time. Oh, and one is the main character's mom), complete improbabilities, the killing of the main character with no replacement (except the virus and the story is structured around it rather than on it), and the most useless and unfulfilling ending ever.

Pero Vergil no desea renunciar a este experimento, y para sacarlo del laboratorio no tiene más remedio que inyectarse a sí mismo los linfocitos.

possible mean EXTERNAL GROUPING Yeah, pretty much. . EXTERNAL GROUPING nice?

I don't know enough about hard science to judge the likelihood of any of this novel's events, but from a layman's perspective, they seemed so absurd - and more and more so as the book progresses - that I had a hard time continuing to read past the halfway point. But if you have little experience with science fiction, I would avoid Blood Music as your first exploration of the genre, unless you have a really strong interest in nanotechnology. I'm not sure how that happened, but it was also very distracting.