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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great concept, but preffered the Short Story.
After having read the novelette version of Blood Music i found the concept extremely intrigueing and decided to read the extended novel. The novel contains the same concepts of the novelette and develops some of the ideas.

The novel follows the seperate (yet intertwined) stories of a few different characters, which eventually lead to the dramatic and enigmatic...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong Ideas Overshadow Weak Execution
One of the most memorably tongue-in-cheek creations of Douglas Adams was a madness booth--designed to make its victims insane, simply and effectively, by displaying them "to-scale" beside the rest of the cosmos.
In many ways, it's the same trick Bear's best novels play on a reader's mind, forever putting it in contexts too vast to afford the thing any...
Published on 14 Aug 2000


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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but as per usual the science was a bit beyond me!, 18 April 2002
This review is from: Blood Music (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
This was my 4th foray into Greg Bears world of which I am a fan but I do keep stumbling upon the depth of science!I'm not completely science illiterate but A level Chemistry/Biology and Maths was insufficient to grapple with some of the more complex ideas. But if you are a fan yourself and have the same problems it is easier to understand than the end of Hegira but harder than that of Darwin's Radio which is my personal favourite.
Overall it is a good book but if real complex science isn't the best ending for you there are better books but then again up until the science and even around it there is a very enjoyable story!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Complex science but a very interesting exploration of micro-biology gone wrong, 14 April 2008
This review is from: Blood Music (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
As with many Masterworks books, this isn't the easiest book in the world to read, which is why I always recommend people should approach some of the titles in the Masterworks series with caution. But Bear gives a very interesting angle on traditional sci-fi, that of the 'micro-universe' of molecular biology. Instead of adventures in space, this is the complete antithesis, adventures at a molecular level. A biological experiment goes wrong, and soon people are consumed into a huge micro-biological entity. The entity isn't necessarily malevolent, but it has independent intelligence and transforms everything into a huge micro-organism like itself, effectively taking every living being into a new 'micro universe' where life is lived at the molecular level. Heavy stuff and hard to keep up with at times, but definitely worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars small beginnings - massive scope!, 9 Dec 2007
Blood music is a great addition to the future classics series. A novel written in the classic sf mode, it is readable, yet hard to grasp in equal measure.
Starting very small with a scientists forays into making intelligent cells, this novel becomes something completely different very quickly - a world wide epidemic of intelligent cells, taking over America and eventually the world, through a myriad of awesome concepts to do with having to many thought processes in one place - and ripping the time space continuum. Big stuff - small beginnings.
Anyways, enjoyable - a little long and intelligently written - hard to keep up at times. Give it a read - broaden your mind.
7/10
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex but Compelling, 22 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Blood Music (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
Well after a bit of a shaky start this book goes on to simply stun, the science behind it sounds real and believable as in all of his books, characters are a little weak in places but the ending [was] amazing !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot, well told, 8 Jan 2008
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Greg Bear draws us into an apocaliptic situation which, one day, could very well become real. Of course, as a gifted storyteller, he not only adds suspense and psychology to his plot, but much more so surprises us with unexpected developments. Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but the science is pure fantasy, 21 May 2008
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I was intrigued by the ideas presented in the the original novelette that was later extended to produce this book, but found I had to suspend my disbelief throughout which rather spoilt the experience for me.

This is the story of the engineering of complex 'intelligent biochips', their incorporation into single cells and the account of the runaway-train scenario that ensues.

The scientific theory put up holds no water at all, but it must be taken into account that it was written in the early 1980s when the study of molecular genetics was in its infancy. There is simply no way that a single cell could have a 'brain' consisting of DNA, RNA and/or ribosomes- they are coded information (DNA and RNA) and machinery (ribosomes) for translating that code into proteins. They bear no comparison with the multiple input-output system that is the neural circuit and the billions of nerve cell interactions required for consciousness and independent thought.

Whilst there is no fear of genetic material or individual cells gaining a 'mind of their own' in the future, I think the author's ideas were certainly pertinent in relation to nanotechnology, nanomachines and their potential dangers.

A thought provoking read, but now a little dated.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning,Terrifying, No Bad, 31 July 1999
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Gets you thinking as all good books should
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perseverance pays off, 29 Jan 2003
This review is from: Blood Music (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
The writing style, something like an 80s airport potboiler, and poor characterisation may be off putting at first, but persevere and Greg Bear will introduce you to a truely unique and weird biological world.
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