Darwin's Radio

by Greg Bear
New York: Ballantine Books, 2000. 544 pages.

The winner of the 2000 Nebula Award for the best science fiction novel of the year, Greg Bear's Darwin's Radio "draws on state-of-the-art biological and anthropological research to give us an ingeniously plotted thriller that questions everything we believe about human origins and destiny — as civilization confronts the next terrifying step in evolution" (to quote the jacket copy). "As three scientists discover a catastrophic threat within humanity's genes, Bear, a master of hard SF, explores the nature of evolution and, through well-developed characters, the nature of the species that would control it", writes the reviewer for Publisher's Weekly.