Mycora: technogenic life. Fast-reproducing, fast-mutating, and endlessly voracious. In the year 2106, these microscopic machine/creatures have escaped their creators to populate the inner solar system with a wild, deadly ecology all their own, pushing the tattered remnants of humanity out into the cold and dark of the outer planets. Even huddled beneath the ice of Jupiter’s moons, protected by a defensive system known as the Immunity, survivors face the constant risk of mycospores finding their way to the warmth and brightness inside the habitats, resulting in a calamitous "bloom."
But the human race still has a trick or two up its sleeves; in a ship specially designed to penetrate the deadly Mycosystem, seven astronauts are about to embark on mankind’s boldest venture yet–the perilous journey home to infected Earth!
Yet it is in these remote conditions, against a virtually omnipotent foe, that we discover how human nature plays the greatest role in humanity’s future.
Wil McCarthy, after ten years of rocket science with Lockheed Martin, traded the hectic limelight of the space program for the peace and quiet (ha!) of commercial robotics at Omnitech, where he works as a research and development hack.He writes… More about Wil McCarthy
Paperback | $19.00
Published by Del Rey Aug 03, 1999| 320 Pages| 5-1/2 x 8-1/2| ISBN 9780345485373
"[A] rousing yet thoughtful adventure story." –The New York Times Book Review
"[A] VIEW OF MANKIND’S FUTURE AND THE UNIVERSE REMINISCENT OF ARTHUR C. CLARKE." –The Denver Post
"BLOOM is one of the most fast-paced and powerfully dark visions of nanotechnology gone awry since Greg Bear’s Blood Music. McCarthy succeeds on many levels, combining a unique literary style with complex scientific speculation and political intrigue." –Locus
"What clever and compelling science fiction! The Bloom future is all too believable." –JAMES GLEICK Author of Chaos: Making a New Science
"Wil McCarthy makes ideas jump. Bloom grabs you from the very first scene and doesn’t let go till the last page. It’s irresistible." –WALTER JON WILLIAMS Author of City on Fire
"Swiftly paced, consistently inventive and tightly written." –The Washington Post Book World
"McCarthy is an entertaining, intelligent, amusing writer, with Heinlein’s knack for breakneck plotting and, at the same time, Clarke’s thoughtfulness." –Booklist (starred review)
"Bloom is tense, dynamic, intelligent, offering a terrifyingly vivid view of how technology can rocket out of our control." –DAVID BRIN Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Startide Rising