An intelligent microbe race that can live symbiotically in other intelligent beings is colonizing the human race throughout the civilized universe. And each colony of microbes has its own personality, good or bad. In some people the microbes are brain enhancers, but in others they cayse a fatal brain plague, a living addiction. Becoming a human carrier, then, is a threatening, potentially deadly fate.
Brain Plague is the new hard SF novel by Joan Slonczewski. It is set in the same future universe as her award-winning A Door into Ocean and The Children Star, a New York Times Notable Book, and is a new episode in what is now a major ongoing "future history," the Elysium Cycle.
This is the story of Chrysoberyl: one woman's psychological and moral struggle to adjust to having an ambitious colony of microbes living permanently in her own head. Furthermore, the colonosts can talk to her and she to them, producing an uncanny and powerful kind of internal drama that counterpoints the external action.
But on a larger scale this novel is the story of a great leap forward in the evolution of human consciousness, a theme that Slonczewski is prepared to investigate with depth and seriousness. Brain Plague is one of the most powerful and involving SF novels of the year.
Original title: Brain Plague
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Technology→ Nanotechnology
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Hard Science→ Biology
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Religion