Bios

Bios

by Robert Charles Wilson
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Bios by Robert Charles Wilson

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429915403
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 297,578
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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.


Robert Charles Wilson was born in California and lives in Toronto. His novel Spin won science fiction’s Hugo Award in 2006. Earlier, he won the Philip K. Dick Award for his debut novel A Hidden Place; Canada’s Aurora Award for Darwinia; and the John W. Campbell Award for The Chronoliths.

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Bios 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bios, features a planet that is dangerous to humans, in this case spectacularly, almost malevolently toxic, leading to some really gruesome death descriptions, with melting flesh and blood-filled eyes. Just the thing for reading over a nice juicy steak. I've been a fan of Robert Charles Wilson for a good few years, many of his books, such as Gypsies and Hidden Place , explore characters who do not 'fit in', with great sympathy and understanding. Darwinia was maybe the first of his books that got huge critical acclaim, deservedly. Bios is riding on the back of that reaction, and isn't really up to it, I felt. The imagery is fantastic finding ways to symbolize colors and objects in great ways. Windows signify the desolate isolation feeling that the planet has. The colour green and blue are dominant making hope and despair more vivid. The constant tumultuous weather serves as a backdrop for the trecheous planet. Competently written, well imagined and described, but I just couldn't get into it. Zoe Fisher, the lead character, is a typical creation of his, genetically modified specifically to explore this toxic planet, brought up partly in a special creche, partly in a Tehran orphanage that doubled as a brothel, she is as alone as anyone can get which symbolized through various imagery. But then she meets this guy, oh no not a romance, yes a romance, ruining what could have been a perfectly good book. Worth reading anyway? Maybe.
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