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Topic: bookrays/bookrings on bookcrossing.com

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Subject: bookrays/bookrings on bookcrossing.com
Date Posted: 7/4/2009 9:28 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2006
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www.bookcrossing.com is another site involved in the online exchange of books.  There's a lot going on there, but among the things I especially enjoy are bookrays and bookrings.  In those, global participants mail a book from one reader to the next, journaling the book's travels on-line.  In bookrings, the book eventually returns to the originator, while bookrays are open-ended.  You have to get a bookcrossing username to participate, but the cost is nothing other than the postage of sending the book to the next reader.

But the forums on that site are not organized by genre, and so any science fiction activities tend to get buried and are hard to find.  There is a community of people on this site, participating in this forum, who could potentially be interested in science fiction bookrays or bookrings.  So I'm starting this topic to see if there is interest here. 

-Tom Hl.

Subject: Intl bookray "Darwin's Radio", by Greg Bear (NEBULA)
Date Posted: 7/4/2009 9:30 AM ET
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Darwin's Radio is a 1999 science fiction novel by Greg Bear. It won the Nebula Award in 2000 for Best Novel and the 2000 Endeavour Award. It was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2000. It was followed by a sequel, "Darwin's Children", in 2003.

In the novel, a new form of endogenous retrovirus has emerged, SHEVA. It controls human evolution by rapidly evolving the next generation while in the womb, leading to speciation. The novel follows several characters as the "plague" is discovered as well as the panicked reaction of the public and the U.S. government to the disease.

I'm now forming an international bookray for this novel I've read twice. To join, send me a private message (PM) through the bookcrossing site, and include any mailing restrictions in your note.

www.bookcrossing.com/journal/6955422 

-Tom Hl.