Not all villains succeed at being evil. Not all diseases deserve the word plague. Fate can be ironic indeed. The chilling short story, The Giving Plague, follows microbiologist Forry, a self-proclaimed cynic, jealous of his “boy wonder” colleague who discovers a unique virus that could change humanity. Transmitted by blood donations, the virus manipulates humans toward altruism and charity. Forry decides that he will do anything to take credit for this discovery…until a more deadly alien virus infects the human race, forcing him to wrestle with his own inner demons.
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About the Author
David Brin is a scientist, public speaker and world-known author. His novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages. Existence (2012) is his latest novel. His 1989 ecological thriller, Earth, foreshadowed global warming, cyberwarfare and near-future trends such as the World Wide Web. A 1998 movie, directed by Kevin Costner, was loosely based on his post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. David's novel Kiln People has been called a book of ideas disguised as a fast-moving and fun noir detective story, set in a future when new technology enables people to physically be in more than two places at once. A hardcover graphic novel The Life Eaters explored alternate outcomes to WWII, winning nominations and high praise. David's science fictional Uplift Universe explores a future when humans genetically engineer animals to join our civilization.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I musta skipped ten pages where he just rambled on about how diaeases work. I thought it wa boring and preachy and the parts where aome details would have mqde the story good were just given an - oh, by the way, this happened- I find that very annoying. It was about 52 pages long, no violence or sex and no foul language. These things may have helped make it interesting but they were absent.
I think the premise of this story is great, but somehow the author loses me with all the rantings of the supposed speaker throughout. I may just be slow on the uptake, and though I finished the story, I am unsure about rating it very high.