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This novel really irked me, for several reasons I think my primary complaint is in the characters they were undeveloped, unrealistic, and clearly vessels for the science and story rather than dynamic individuals I didn t care about any of them, except for maybe the intelligent cells themselves.It didn t help that the plot was slow moving and required a lot of suspension of disbelief 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 and so as the book progresses that I had a hard time continuing to read past the halfway point I love science fiction I used to devour Michael Crichton s books But they were enjoyable and exciting because they seemed at least somewhat plausible Blood Music doesn t What really killed this novel for me, though, was the writing style The prose is straight forward, detailed, and kind of cold It s written like a scientific report here s what happened, to whom, and when Bear throws in little unnecessary details he went to Jack in the Box for breakfast , he got a Dos Equis from the fridge which just distract from the story The detached way in which it s written made it hard to read I felt like I was plowing through it, rather than becoming engrossed in it.I know I seem harsh Clearly, with all the five star reviews, not everyone feels the way I do 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.Oh and be sure to check your edition for typos before you pick it up mine was full of them, on almost every page Big ones, too the word hi would often appear where the word in should have been, and a lot of punctuation was missing I m not sure how that happened, but it was also very distracting. 3.5 stars Classic SF novel dealing with biotechnology, nanotechnology including the grey goo hypothesis , the nature of consciousness and artificial intelligence On my list to re read in the near future as it has been some time since I first read this Nominee British Science Fiction Award for Best NovelNominee John W Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel the original short story WON the award for Best Short Story Nominee Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel the original short story WON the award for Best Novelette Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel Popular Book, Blood Music By Greg Bear This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Blood Music, Essay By Greg Bear Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Vergil Ulam had become a god Within his flesh he carried hundreds of billions of intelligent beings If Blood Music is ever adapted into a movie, the above quote would be ideal for the movie s slogan It sums up the central conceit of the novel very nicely 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 This is very far from his employer s purview so they summarily dismiss him In order to continue his work after dismissal he hastily injects the experimental lymphocytes called noocytes into himself These noocytes soon develop sentience and start to transform Ulam from the inside They soon learn that their host is not the entire universe, there is a much larger macro scale universe of which Ulam is a tiny subset, and they want access to that The world is definitely not ready for these microscopic guys, and life will never be the same again A lymphocyteThis 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 startling The effect these noocytes have on the human population of America is the stuff of nightmare There is something very surreal about the landscape of the cities and the bizarre creatures roaming around them once the noocytes really get going 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 How they come to exist and what they are able to do are also wonderfully sf nal If you are familiar with the grey goo scenario you can look forward to some serious grey gooing On the writing side, I have to give props to Bear for creating complex and believable human characters with recognizable relationship issues and foibles In the Quotes section after the review, I have juxtaposed Bear s different styles for writing science expositions and emotional human drama He is clearly one of the versatile sci fi authors.The ending of the book is truly epic, surreal, yet philosophical and even intimate Unfortunately the I talk about this book the I am likely to spoil it So I will shut up now Blood Music is a feast for the imagination, read it A bit like smartphones I suppose, except they are not phones, nor are they cell phones Sorry QuotesWhy 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 What was reproduction, after all, but a computerized biological process of enormous complexity and reliability Can t own a woman, Mike Wonderful companions, can t own them I know Do you Maybe you do I thought, when I found out about your mother s lover, I thought I would die It hurt almost as much as this does I thought I owned her Information can be stored even compactly than in molecular memory It can be stored in the structure of space time What is matter, after all, but a standing wave of information in the vacuum She had postulated that sex was not evolutionarily useful at least not to women, who could, in theory, breed parthenogenetically and that ultimately men were superfluous I can t decide should I burn this book because it is the most horrible piece of trash I have ever read or should I frame it Why is this book so horrible It is because the concept is so cool I couldn t put it down because it is just neat that a virus could become sentient There is also some cool though completely bogus science and theory on observations of time The only character worth caring about is the virus But I had to wade through bad sentence structure, useless characters that you can t empathise with, bad story structure, bad statistics only 12 people in all of north america survive and of course 3 of them find each other 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 I threw this book across the room many times only to pick it back up to find out what happened There is nothing worse than a cool story with an inept writer It is just cruel This concept needs to be handed off to an author that can write and do this concept justice. This week I started and finished reading a trilogy by this author My first encounter with Greg Bear see what I did there lol I wasn t overly impressed although I liked the writing style 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.So I did.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 Panicking, he injects himself with his invention of course and that is where the fun begins.As William Blake said To see a World in a Grain of SandI really liked the story and the creepy crawly feeling it invoked Imagine knowing that intelligent biochips are inside you but you have no control over them and no knowledge of what they are going to do Will they be trying to conquer, take over Will they worship the body they live in as a deity Just how intelligent can they become Was that just a normal itch or some change the things have initiated I was wondering view spoiler why it took them so long before the doctor realized he had been infected and if the sweaty palm trick hadn t also worked on the Bernard guy hide spoiler Far and away Bear s best novel.It made my skin crawl and kept my eyes glued to the pages.Modern classic. book awesome on verge of omfg greg bear MUST SPEND MORE TIME STUDYING AUTHOR Could you make that slightly readable for the nice people out therenegative understand possible mean EXTERNAL GROUPING Yeah, pretty much.VERGIL translate CLUSTERS can not translate I think they mean that it s a good book.pause EXTERNAL GROUPING nice nice from city nice in country france nice friendly QUERY Nice friendly.CLUSTERS need learn MORE Yes, quite right. 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I believe the only other Greg Bear books I ve read are Eon and Eternity I read both a very long time ago I enjoyed both, especially Eon, but I remember having a few problems with the stories and was disappointed in the overall ending Well, my neighbor picks up sci fi at a used book story on occasion and passes on ones that he liked, as we have similar tastes So, despite this being first published in 1985, I decided to give it a read Overall, it was a similar experience to Eon and Eternity , I enjoyed the read, but found myself let down at the end The story starts with Vergil Ulam, a slightly overweight, nerdy, goalless, but brilliant scientist He works at a biochip company where he is secretly performing research on his own He s building intelligent cells, highly intelligent cells I mean they can navigate mazes better than lab rats Well, he s found out, and rashly decides to preserve his creations the only way he can get them out of the lab by injecting them into his bloodstream This kicks off a series of events, beginning with positive improvements to his body improved eyesight, weight loss, increased strength, etc but leading to much disturbing and ultimately cataclysmic events I found the book to be a page turner, as I was intrigued, first by what would happen to Vergil, and then by the broader events Along the way, I experienced some disappointments, such as wondering who the main character was, and finding frustration that we never seemed to stay with a character enough to development an interest in them But it s not really a character driven story, it s a series of transformations that are well described and fascinating Bear occasionally dips deeply into biochemistry and later physics adding support to the events There were some interesting ideas about the make up of the universe in the final third of the book If those ideas were used at the end as a climatic ending with some characters we cared about, I think this could have been excellent But in all honest, by the end, I didn t really care about the remaining characters and the thought provoking ideas had already been spent as we approached the final ending I was left feeling like some very cool ideas and creative scenes were wasted.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 MIRTHIn Greg Bear s funny and creepy and REALLY insane story, the rogue scientist invents a virus which goes viral Ha ha, that s funny right there, ain t it Well, what did he expect That it would stay where he told it and just watch tv No sir It develops intelligence Learns the art of conversation Says stuff likeWORDS communicate with share body structure external is this like wholeness WITHIN totality is EXTERNAL alike COULD DO WITH A BEEROkay okay, I added the last bit 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 You think I made that bit up too No, I didn t Greg Bear s very words army surplus blankets Ha ha Greg, you re killing me with your 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 Does love bloom amongst the glop Read on to find out But, you know, it s a safe bet in these things Maybe not the kind of love The Ronettes sang about though I guess if ALL your human characters get turned into brown gloop by page 87 the story might lack a certain something So Greg had to get his survivors to meet somehow this was before Tinder But the survivors meeting stuff just seems unlikely to me Oh look I see there s a light on in the 75th floor of that skyscraper over there Could it just be my cool punk cousin Or maybe a cute 14 year old girl Let s find out Then again you have to respect a novel where one army surplus brown gloop says to the other WHOLE infrastructure skonkalolly INTELLIGENCE far from BIOSPHERE and the other says YOU RE MAKING ME BLUSH YOU LITTLE RASCAL gloop gloop everybodygloop