Course ‘Science and literature’ Lecturer Professor H. Zwart
Student Anastasia Kopylova
The analysis of the novel “Blood music” by Greg Bear
Each hour, a myriad of trillions of little live things— microbes, bacteria, the peasants of nature— are born and die, not counting for much except in the bulk of their numbers and the accumulation of their tiny lives. They do not perceive deeply, nor do they suffer.
A hundred trillion, dying, would not begin to have the same importance as a single human death.
Greg Bear. Blood music
The level of the development of science highly and quickly increased in the second part of the 20th century. The creation of many new disciplines and tools caused also new fears: the inventions in science became so…show more content… Thus, Greg Bear didn`t just write a fiction that is based on his phantasy, his aim was to show different scientific problems in the way that can make it more intelligible for its meaning for human`s life. However, the novel ‘Blood music’ cab be considered as ‘too much science fiction’: in the end of the book, we have very different kind of reality with new forms of life that is out of the scope of possible scientific explanations. This remark we need to keep in mind during the whole analysis of this…show more content… Is he a creator or not? The answer seems to be evident: he changed DNI of cells, in fact, created noocytes, so, he is simply a creator. However, it`s not so evident in the novel. Vergil is not agree with the politics of Gentron and its aims – he thinks that the creation of biochips is not as fruitful as can be genetically modified cells, however the work on the mammal`s cells is forbidden in Genetron because of ethical reasons. Therefore, Vergil has a conflict with Genetron and tries to create his own invention and a laboratory. He considers a cell itself as a ‘functioning computer’ and because of that it`s not obligatory to ‘limit oneself to silicon and protein’. Vergil changed DNA a bit and after its computing capacity was enormous compared to man-made electronics. The question is what did he created and did he created anything? We can find an exact answer to this question in the novel: ‘All Vergil had to do was take advantage of what was already there— just give it a nudge, as it were. More than once, he had the spooky feeling that his work was too easy, that he was less a creator and more a