Darwin's Children by Greg Bear

By Greg Bear

Greg Bear’s Nebula Award–winning novel, Darwin’s Radio, painted a chilling portrait of humankind at the threshold of an intensive bounce in evolution—one that may regulate our species without end. Now endure maintains his provocative story of the human race faced via an doubtful destiny, the place “survival of the fittest” takes on outstanding and debatable new dimensions.

DARWIN’S CHILDREN

Eleven years have handed considering SHEVA, an old retrovirus, used to be found in human DNA—a retrovirus that triggered mutations within the human genome and heralded the coming of a brand new wave of genetically more advantageous people. Now those replaced youngsters have reached early life . . . and face a global that's outraged approximately their very lifestyles. For those distinctive youths, possessed of outstanding, complicated features that mark an immense turning aspect in human improvement, also are ticking time bombs harboring hosts of viruses that may exterminate the “old” human race.

Fear and hatred of the virus young children have made them a persecuted underclass, quarantined via the govt in specific “schools,” precise through federally sanctioned bounty hunters, and demonized via hysterical segments of the inhabitants. yet wallet of resistance have sprung up between these against treating the kids like risky diseases—and who worry the worst if the government’s draconian measures are carried to their extreme.

Scientists Kaye Lang and Mitch Rafelson are a part of this small yet made up our minds minority. as soon as on the leading edge of the invention and learn of the SHEVA outbreak, they now reside as digital exiles within the Virginia suburbs with their daughter, Stella—a shiny, inquisitive virus baby who's fast maturing, straining to damage freed from the protecting international her mom and dad have outfitted round her, and desirous to hunt down others of her kind.

But for all their precautions, Kaye, Mitch, and Stella haven't slipped less than the government’s radar. The businesses fanatically dedicated to segregating and controlling the new-breed kids visual display unit their each move—watching and awaiting the chance to strike the following blow of their escalating conflict to maintain “humankind” at any expense.

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Your experiment is a parody without embellishment,’ Dr Mann said. There was a silence, if you can exclude the cacophony of voices, dishes and music of the surrounding hubbub. ’ ‘I read your letter to the Esso Foundation,’ Dr Mann said. ‘I know a teen-age girl that could run intellectual rings around most of us here,’ Jake said, changing the subject without blinking an eye. ‘She knew everything, brains coming out of her ears. I was within weeks of a major breakthrough. ’ I asked. ‘Fell from the Williamsburg Bridge into the East River.

He looked up at me for the first time. His jowls were a Santa Claus pink, either from alcohol or anger. I couldn’t tell. ’ ‘So why do you waste your time? ’ ‘It’s an entertaining time-filler. I often daydream of publishing embellished results to parody such experiments. ” ’ ‘Your experiment is a parody without embellishment,’ Dr Mann said. There was a silence, if you can exclude the cacophony of voices, dishes and music of the surrounding hubbub. ’ ‘I read your letter to the Esso Foundation,’ Dr Mann said.

Yes, Dr Rhinehart,’ she said. ’ ‘Oh, Doctor,’ she smiled doubtfully. ’ ‘Don’t worry, Miss Reingold,’ I replied firmly. 07 when I finally settled into my chair behind the outstretched form of Reginald Jenkins on my couch. Normally nothing upsets a patient more than a late analyst, but Jenkins was a masochist: I could count on him assuming that he deserved it. ’ ‘That’s quite all right, Mr Jenkins. I’m sorry I’m late. ’ Now the curious reader will want to know what kind of an analyst I was. It so happens that I practised non-directive therapy.

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