Bios

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 208 pages
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In the 22nd century, humankind has colonized the solar system. Starflight is possible but hugely expensive, so humakind's efforts are focussed on Isis, the one nearby Earthlike world. Isis is verdant, Edenic, rich with complex DNA-based plant and animal life. And every molecule of Isian life is spectacularly toxic to human beings. The entire planet is a permanent Level Four Hot Zone.

Despite that, Isis is the most interesting discovery of the millennium: a parallel biology with lessons to teach us about our own nature. It's also the hardest of hardship posts, the loneliest place in the universe.

Zoe Fisher was born to explore Isis. Literally. Cloned and genetically engineered by a faction within the hothouse politics of Earth, Zoe is optimized to face Isis's terrors. Now at last Zoe has arrived on Isis. But there are secrets implanted within her that not even she suspects--and the planet itself has secrets that will change our understanding of life in the universe.
Bursting with ideas, replete with human insight, Bios is science fiction in the grand tradition: a novel of bravery, exploration, and discovery in a universe charged with awe.



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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reaction to reading this novel in 2002. Spoilers follow. The idea of the Bios in this novel, a universe-wide mind created by cells retaining a link with each other even after they divide (the ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

Wilson is consistently creative, consistently imaginative and usually somewhat dark. Bios is typical in those qualities but what struck me most about this surprising book was that the heart of the ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
7
PART ONE
15
PART TWO
97
EPILOGUE
206
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Robert Charles Wilson was born in California and grew up in Canada. He is the author of many acclaimed SF novels, including A Hidden Place, The Divide, Gypsies, Bios, Darwinia, and The Chronoliths. His work has won the John W. Campbell Award, the Aurora Award, and two Philip K. Dick Awards. He lives near Toronto.

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