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In the 22nd century, humanity discovers life on an extrasolar planet, Isis: life that is lush, beautiful--and deadly. The least molecule of Isian biology kills humans painfully and horribly. Zoe Fisher has been born and bred--cloned and genetically engineered--to explore Isis. But Isis has secrets undiscovered by humanity, and Zoe herself contains secrets known only to the political powers that created her. And an act of biomedical sabotage has changed Zoe in unknown ways.

Robert Charles Wilson is the author of Science Fiction Chronicle's Best SF Novel of 1998, bestselling Darwinia, also the Aurora Award winner and Nebula and Hugo Award finalist. With Bios, Wilson has created a hard-SF novel rich in great ideas, strong writing, and the classic sense of wonder, a work that stays true to the implications of its frightful biology. --Cynthia Ward

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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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  • Editeur : Tor Books (1 avril 2007)
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HASH(0x97d7342c) étoiles sur 5 Tense, thought-provoking, planetary adventure 15 novembre 2000
Par Richard R. Horton - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Robert Charles Wilson's Darwinia had well-deserved success last year including a nomination for the Hugo Award (and getting my vote, as it happens). His slim new novel is Bios. Wilson has shown a good deal of range over his career, and to see a novel like Bios following on the heels of Darwinia is evidence of that range. Darwinia was (nominally) set on Earth in the early part of this century, and married description of a radically altered, sort of alternate-Prehistoric, Europe with some wild speculation on the very far future. By contrast, Bios is much more traditionally science-fictional: set a few centuries in the future as a small group of researchers attempt to explore a deadly alien planet. To be sure Wilson has surprises in store for the reader and the eventual explanation for the novel's mysteries is pretty much as strange as with Darwinia, if probably less likely to annoy some readers.
Bios opens as the body of Zoe Fisher is prepped for transmission to the distant solar system containing the planet Isis, and as brief hints are dropped about the intriguing background to the story. In this future, Earth, devastated by plagues, is under the draconian control of several "Families." The Family control extends to reproductive rights, and indeed their most trusted servants are castrated to remove that distraction. The rest of the Solar System is independent of Earth, consisting of a Mars colony and an individualistic set of Kuiper Belt colonies. The two factions are collaborating somewhat uneasily on the research effort at Isis.
The story proper begins as Zoe arrives at Isis Orbital Station. Her arrival coincides with the first of a series of on-planet catastrophes. It seems that the native organisms are getting better and better at breaching the various security barriers humans have placed about their different research stations. As even a single breath of Isis' air will kill a human horribly in hours, this is very disturbing. Zoe Fisher's new equipment, both external and internal, is intended to be a step in increasing human ability to explore Isis, but is she too late? And what is her real purpose? Station manager Kenyon Degrandpre fears she is a tool foisted on him by the rival faction that developed her. Scientist Tam Hayes fears he is falling for her, and doesn't know if he can bear to put her at risk. And Zoe wonders why her emotions and memories are so different now, and why she is no longer sure of her own purpose and loyalty.
This is a short book, not much over 60,000 words, which is a nice contrast to many of today's novels. In this brief space, Wilson stays focussed on the arc of the disaster facing the research station. The hints of the background culture are fascinating, but I think Wilson chooses well to leave the hints as just hints. His real purpose is to tell an exciting story of a desperate battle against an unremittingly harsh environment, and then to advance a somewhat mystical explanation for the conditions on Isis and on Earth. The story is a good read, and the ending, purposely left a bit open, is thought-provoking. It falls a bit short, however, in emotional impact. We don't have the time to really get to know the main characters, and as such, the resolution doesn't grip quite as strongly as it might have. The novel's theme, also, while thought-provoking, is just a bit too lightly sketched. I wasn't quite convinced. Nonetheless, I enjoyed Bios. It's not as good as Darwinia, but from my point of view, that's hardly a major fault. Wilson is one of our most exciting and versatile writers, and if this is middle-range for him, it's still very good.
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HASH(0x97d73480) étoiles sur 5 Traditional SF 11 avril 2002
Par Jesse B Ellyson - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Set in the far future, in the far reaches of the galaxy, Bios is an unusual tale. Unlike so many other stories of human settlement on foreign planets this time we have a planet which just doesn't seem to want us there. This is not simply a wild west story set among the stars. With Bios, Robert Charles Wilson has not given us a tale of settlers getting to know their new home so much as he has given us a tale of a new home getting to know it's settlers. The planet Isis is hostile and toxic and it wants very much to break through the protective seals the invading humans have built around their outposts. It tries and tries again to get through and it learns from its past failures. Little by little it makes headway in its quest to oust the humans. But is Isis really a vindictive force out to get us or is it merely curious? And what secrets does this distant planet hold about our own nature? In the end, Bios is not so much about a journey to the stars as it is about a journey into and beyond ourselves. And what an ending it has! Robert Charles Wilson gives his readers a real kick of a surprise at the close of this book. This is sci-fi in the old tradition. This is a book that has something to say. It has all the flash and glitter we expect from the genre but it also has that underlying message that characterizes true SF. I'm glad I read this and I would recommend Bios to anyone in search of a good read.
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HASH(0x97d738b8) étoiles sur 5 Well-written but peters out in the end 16 décembre 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I've read all of Mr. Wilson's books and he is getting better all of the time. The problem he faces is that his books, always excellently conceived, usually peter out by the end. As in BIOS, the characters are basically victims of a (well-conceived) planetary environment, the "bios" of the title. The characters are mostly stock and are removed from the novel one by one in such a way as to give the impression that the book has no real plot. It just ends, leaving me with the impression, "Is that all there is?" To Mr. Wilson's credit, the book is excellently written and the sci-fi elements all credible and in place. It's not a bad read, but I wanted more "novelistic" elements threaded throughout the book. I wanted a plot.
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HASH(0x97d738dc) étoiles sur 5 Gnostic Fiction 15 juin 2000
Par R. micallef - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Let me just begin by saying I'm a terrible reviewer. I will never achieve the necessary objectivty to analyze novels I care for. With that said, I'm not sure what the first reviewer is going on about. The characters are touchingly drawn, especially Zoe and Tam. Granted, the dialogue might be described as minimalist, but with no sacrifice in style. In my opinion, his review only underscores that the better part of aesthetics is mostly personal taste.
Permit me to gush,I think this novel is brilliant. With Wilson it all comes down to endings. In a few delicate strokes, and on a few pages, he has the artist's ability to paint something geniunely beautiful and moving. What a gorgeous universe he delivers! A wonderful rendering of speculative metaphysics in fiction, to boot. I so enjoyed the motif of life 'descending'(falling?) to earth and becoming corrupted. The earth and humans cut off from LIFE are in a cosmic prison house, so very gnostic and reminiscent of Lurianic Kabbalah.
I just wanted to say how grateful I am to have met Robert Charles Wilson at a Borders book signing in Farmington Michigan. It ranks as one of the top ten great conversations of my life.
(And if you need anyone to read works in progress mail away!)
Sincere thanks to RCW for his work. My life is better for having encountered your stories.
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HASH(0x97d73d68) étoiles sur 5 Wilson does it again, unfortunately 10 janvier 2001
Par ML - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Robert Charles Wilson's most recent novel, BIOS, is a compelling, well-written book that is ultimately unsatisfying. As other reviewers have noted, the book concerns Earth's efforts to understand and ultimately conquer the planet Isis, a world teeming with microbes, viruses, and prions that make Ebola and AIDS look incredibly tame. These efforts parallel ones on an Earth that has itself been decimated by plagues. Wilson creates a tense narrative by raising many questions--why is Isis so toxic? who is Zoe Fisher? will her special talents help her discover the secret of Isis? what is the secret of Zoe's past?--and only slowly giving away the answers. Just as in Wilson's recent DARWINIA, the secret of Isis, once revealed, turns out to be of a different order than the first half or so of the novel leads to the reader to expect. The last-minute twist is a common tactic for Wilson, and I believe that it has failed in every instance in which he has used it (and it works better in DARWINIA than it does here). On the other hand, his MYSTERIUM is probably the only novel that Wilson draws to a satisfactory close. I recommend buying the book (in paperback), but be prepared to be disappointed in the end.
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