It’s the near future – sooner than you might hope – and the war against terrorism is lost, nuclear and biological weapons are in the hands of radicals, abortion clinics are wiped out. And still the threat is escalating. A memory-plague designed to wipe out history’s age-old hatreds might be the last act in the story of the modern world. Three agents are finishing their training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and this is the challenge facing them. Greg Bear was born in 1951 and published his first short story sixteen years later. His first novel was published in 1979, and his most famous novels, Darwin’s Radio, Blood Music and Eon, have now become established classics. He is also a illustrator and a journalist. In 2000, he lectured at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on the nature and future of crime and criminal justice.