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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Vitals by Greg Bear

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 wants the Cousins’ research to be suppressed. Instead, he lets them accumulate at an alarming rate, only to leave you completely hanging in nearly every regard.

It’s the 1st issue. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. This novel’s about a scientist researching life-extension. Hal learns that Soviet genius microbiologist Maxim Golokhov discovered back in the s how to use bacteria to control human behavior. Discover what to read next. Books by Greg Bear. Jul 23, Pamelafy rated it did not like it. I like Greg Bear’s stuff. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It’s a very interesting premise for a not-so-well-written story.


Oct 01, Chuck Smith rated it it was ok. After I wrote this I looked at other reviews, and it seems to be a common complaint. Views Read Edit View history.

There didn’t seem to be anything tying the plot together, it was just a jumble of topics that would periodically overlap. Sep 22, Daniel rated it did not like it.

Vitals Book Summary and Study Guide

I love science fiction that is grounded in biology, vreg Greg Bear has some fantastic gdeg novels: The cell was a blob of jelly with unbounded circular chromosomes floating in a thick but simple membrane, and that in itself would make a variety of bacteria or archaea, neither of which sequester their DNA in nuclei.

However, this was not my first Bear novel, so I know there is more than what is immediately obvious. The characters are lazily etched.

Aug 31, Judy rated it it was ok Shelves: The basic theory here is that at some point in evolution, bacteria started taking charge of all life treating the more complex organisms as living hosts.

Aboard the mothership, too, there’s murder and mayhem; later, when Dave’s body is recovered, Hal comes under suspicion of murder. He gets on the wrong side of a conspiracy to control people’s minds using bacteria to make them suggestable.


You study the twentieth century long enough, you want to pack a gun. By the end of the book, the main characters are all either dead, irrelevant, or the victim of mind-altering xenophages. There are a bunch of other characters, many of them alternately lucid or crackpot. I greb he is just way over the heads of readers of typical sci-fi scenarios.


Want to Read saving…. A deranged white supremacist conspiracy theorist called Rudy Banning approaches Hal and claims he knew Rob well. However, on a fact-finding exploration in a small submarine, his pilot goes berserk, starts spouting gibberish, and tries to kill him.

I shouldn’t have bothered. Unlike a couple of other Greg bear books I’ve read, this book just didn’t keep my attention.

Greg Bear: Books: Vitals

It clarifies things a bit, and provides the last answers, but I don’t like them very much! Ordinary people are out there waiting for the orgy to start. There is absolutely not a shred of believability to the novel. She’s a beautiful spy!