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This page is a quick trip through Greg Bear's amazing novel "Blood Music" and is offered solely for the benefit of those who've read it but can't recall specifics. (If you haven't read the book please read it. My scribblings do the full narrative no justice whatsoever.)
An equality of elan
PROPHASE (June - September)
1. Vergil ambushes Bernard, is threatened by Harrison
2. V sees hazel in lab — much tech discussion — rat-goat video
3. Leaving Genentron, "smuggling" lymphocytes
4. Candice. Four times.
5. Changing. Improving.
6. V's job interview. (Blacklisted.)
7. "Verge" visits Mom.
8. Candice is very worried.
METAPHASE (October - December)
9. Vergil has Edward run tests.
10. Edward visits V, shares results. V tells Edward what's happening.
11. Virgil raves. Noocytes talk.
12. Edward visits Bernard.
13. Bernard quickly calls Harrison: "Go get Virgil."
14. Edward zaps Virgil. Candice is...is...
15. Edward thinks, calls Bernard, hugs Gail.
16. Harrison Yng & Bernard weigh options — Bernard calls Paulsen-Fuchs
17. Edward & Gail "reaffirm their union"...so to speak.
18. Bernard flies to Germany, torches plane.
19. Paulsen-Fuchs sets Bernard up in isolation. World begins to panic.
20. Suzy finds family in kitchen, goes shopping.
21. Bernard still quarantined, studied
22. Suzy with shopping cart, on bridge
23. US gone, Russia flexing, France obstructing, Frieda examining
24. Suzy in World Trade Center — feathery cartwheels
25. John & Jerry enter hollow mound
26. Bernard tests himself — Russ nukes Panama
27. Suzy in WTC climbing stairs
28. John & Jerry find shelves in mound, April on road
29. Bernard's Journal entry — HP-F feels out of the loop
30. Sheets cover NYC — Suzy sees "pipe" in exec. Bedroom, ascends.
31. April & twins drive to L. A. — mound crosses interstate
32. Bernard communicates with noocytes in detail
33. Lloyd Upton reports from B-1 recon flight * non-detonation
34. Sean Gogarty's space-time hypothesis
35. Twins & April walk into San Fernando vortex
36. Suzy in architect's office — aquarium things
37. Bernard's mind tries a noocyte cluster on for size. (He's famous there too.)
38. Suzy's brothers and mother take her to dinner, try to reassure her
39. Bernard is taken to Thought Universe, re-lives memories, sees 1/3 of Virgil; Noocytes give him two days eviction notice
40. Suzy chooses corporeality
41. Bernard ruminates: Are bad people absorbed too?
42. Suzy eats, chats with Cary in "the blanket"
43. Bernard's final journal entry before protesters storm Pharmek
44. Suzy flat refuses to assimilate — Manhattan is flat flat
TELOPHASE (February next year)
45. Paulsen-Fuchs visits Gogarty in Wales — Bernard's magic letter asks about handshakes
46. Suzy, in London, finally goes
INTERPHASE (Thought Universe)
Bernard gets a second chance