Greg Bear takes us along the cutting edge of genetics in DARWINS RADIO (4), a chilling look into what evolution just might be all about. When a molecular biologist predicts the emergence of a human endogenous retrovirus, even she is unprepared for the chaos about to sweep the world in its wake. As the new plague kills an ever-growing number of babies, a group of scientists and government officials desperately race to find a cure. Little do they realize that they still have no understanding of what is actually happening. Although Mr. Bear lets plot drive characterization and a definite resolution seems to wander away, he hits square on the mark with his ingenious and downright-scary hypothesis and its all too real consequences. A flawed but extremely compelling read. (Hardcover published September 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer