Vitals is the latest in a long line of solid science fiction novels from Seattle native Greg Bear. It’s not as strong a book as Darwin’s Radio, which deservedly picked. Vitals [Greg Bear] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Blending fierce, fast plots with vivid characters and mind-bending ideas, Greg Bear has. The novel ‘Vitals’ by Greg Bear was published for the first time in Hal Cousins is a scientist who is working on biotechnology related to.
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By the end of the book, the main characters are all either dead, irrelevant, or the victim of mind-altering xenophages. It may get better, he might turn out to be a good guy, but there are too many good books to read to waste time on one that I don’t enjoy. With Bear, the science is not just a dumb prop or setting to write more crap, it’s actually where the crux of the whole plot is centered. Sure, the book is about biologically induced paranoia and unreliable behavior, so there’s some plot justification for everybody being untrustworthy, but the female characters were really bad.
It centres on Hal Cousins, a scientist who wishes to find a way to prevent death.
vitald I know he can do better, and I’d much prefer a novel of ideas. I love how it ties in 20th century history with sci-fi or is it really fiction?
They speak to them, and through them. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Vitals (novel) – Wikipedia
Bear says, “Read your history books. Failed the hundred page rule. Greg Bear is one of the world’s leading hard SF authors.
After I wrote this I looked at other reviews, and it seems to be a common complaint. If I could give this vitwls 5. I haven’t read the bk but judging, perhaps unfairly, from this snippet from Wikipedia, I’m inclined to appreciate Bear’s snipe. Enough, lest I give something away.
Greg Bear: Books: Vitals
You come to mistrust everyone, and finally the paranoia kicks in. Feb 24, sunnygecko rated it it was ok. Beria brought in truckloads of guns and gave them to every citizen.
Dec 17, Frank Roberts rated it it was ok Shelves: If this was my first Greg Bear novel, it would probably be my last one.
Stalin possibly cameos in the story, but the issue is left vague. Given that the Vktals article states that a central premise of the bk is that “Intelligence is one of, if not the most, important factors correlated to economic, social, and overall success in the United States, and its importance is increasing.
Vitals by Greg Bear. It’s hard to stomach all the poor reviews of Greg Bear, especially for this book which is really great. Instead, he lets them accumulate at treg alarming rate, only to leave you completely hanging in nearly every regard. But then random people started going crazy, and they were on the run, and there was this whole 20th century Russian history thing going on, Plot summary: That is a paranoid wet-dream, not a plot.
Aug 27, Megan Baxter rated it liked it.
His program, Silk clandestinely came to the United States to set in motion a plan for world domination. Books by Greg Bear.
Fortunately, no president in the US can rule for more than 8 yrs. Unfortunately, it failed to stop or at ber reign itself in somewhere within the realm of possibility, and instead went completely off the deep end. During the dive, his companion, Dave, inexplicably turns homicidal, obliging Hal to knock him unconscious.
Bless you Michael Corris.
Discover what to read next. Still, Bear creates strong characters and makes his pages fly, and his many fans will likely wallow happily in his paranoid vision. I gdeg to stop reading this book and look for another.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Ultimately the story becomes about this ancient scientist who was around in pre World War 2 Soviet Union and discovered bacteria that bea mysteriously brainwash people and put them under his control.
Thank you very much, Mr. In that review, I took Bear to task by saying: Does that mean that anarchy leads to immortality? This saved the sub from using thrusters, conserving power.
I was seeing a pattern here, all members of the Monosyllabic Verb club. Meanwhile, it turns out that there is an organization called “Silk” Soviet-era secret science group that was ostensibly researching on creating artificial silk that besr the Cousins’ research to be suppressed. For a writer of Bear’s quality, this was poor, very poor. The science, speculation, and 2nd- and 3rd-level derivatives are fascinating and credible; the characters are human flawed, beae, fragile, flexible and sympathetic except for some of the most atrocious beings you’ll ever meet, but we don’t follow them ; the story is a gre page-turner; and the insights into what it means to be human are painful and real More of a bio-medical spec fic thriller, it didn’t click any of my buttons.