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Greg Bear


Darwin's Radio
Year 1999
Publisher HarperCollins
ISBN 0002257319



World War III will be the war against our extinction.

Christopher Dicken, 'virus hunter' of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, joins an emergency Taskforce on the order of the President.  Around the world, what were thought to be ancient junk genes in human DNA have been stimulated to assemble encoded proteins and RNA into an infectious virus.  It already has an in-house name at the Centers for Disease Control: Herod's influenza, because it attacks only women - and it kills unborn children.  It has also been assigned a technical name: SHERVA-DL3.  That is, Scattered Human Endogenous retroVirus Activation.  Drop the R in retro for dramatic effect.  That makes it SHEVA, an apt name for a killer.

All other wars in history have been in some way between the forces of good and evil.  Not this war.  Like a signal on Darwin's Radio SHEVA is broadcasting an extraordinary truth about the origin of species.  SHEVA confirms Darwin's view of 'blundering. low and horribly cruel works of nature'.  There are those who will want to control human destiny, and others who will fight them.

Darwin's Radio: the missing-link thriller.




Winner of the Nebula Award

'Whatever Greg Bear touches turns epic ... rarely have I felt so much the presence of great events'
The Times



Mt. Everest from the International Space Station



Credit: NASA

Mt. Everest from Space
In addition to looking heavenward, NASA helps the world see the Earth in ways no one else can. Astronauts on board the International Space Station recently took advantage of their unique vantage point to photograph the Himalayas, looking south from over the Tibetan Plateau. The perspective is illustrated by the summits of Makalu [left (8,462 meters; 27,765 feet)] and Everest [right (8,850 meters; 29,035 feet)] -- at the heights typically flown by commercial aircraft.

NASA Image of the day archive





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