#10888 Blood Music. Greg Bear.
Greg Bear

Blood Music

Blood Music is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear published in 1985 and considered one of Bear's more notable works. It has dystopian elements in how it portrays the dire world consequences of recklessly pushing the limits of bio and nanotechnology. The novel builds up to one of the more memorable and disturbing finales in science fiction.

Hardcover. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, bound in black paper covered boards with silver lettering on spine. New York: Arbor House, 1985. ISBN: 0877957207. #10888.
Fine in fine dust jacket.

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Blood Music is a science fiction novel written by Greg Bear, first published in 1985. The plot revolves around a genetic scientist named Vergil Ulam, who conducts unauthorized experiments with his own blood cells. Ulam's goal is to create a symbiotic relationship between his cells and a computer, effectively creating a new form of life that combines biological and digital elements. He injects himself with the altered cells, but the experiment takes an unexpected turn. The cells begin to exhibit signs of intelligence and group consciousness, leading to the emergence of a new kind of life referred to as "noocytes."

As the noocytes multiply and develop their own intelligence, they become a global phenomenon, spreading rapidly and uncontrollably. They infect other organisms, both plant and animal, leading to a dramatic shift in the world's ecology. The noocytes form a collective intelligence known as "the Great Work," which has the potential to reshape the world according to its own agenda.

The novel delves into questions about the boundaries between life forms, the potential risks of tampering with genetic and cellular structures, and the unpredictable outcomes of scientific breakthroughs, especially in the science of bio and nanotechnology.

Blood Music can easily be categorized as a dystopian novel and cautionary tale of a world where scientific breakthroughs, driven by curiosity and ambition, lead to unintended and potentially catastrophic consequences.