“Darwin’s Radio” by Greg Bear [Ballantine Books, ISBN: 0345435249] is a wonderful hard SF thriller which stretches ideas derived from genome discoveries to their breaking point. It’s gripping and humane.

Leonard Crane, the author of Ninth Day of Creation kindly sent me a copy for review. So far it’s an excellent read. I haven’t finished it yet, not because it isn’t a rattling good story, but because, like “Darwin’s Radio”, it is very long and because I am very busy. If you’d like to read a well-researched, but speculative, novel containing actual scenes of practising bioinformatics then try it.

Ken Allen contributed the following reviews:

Frameshift [Tor Books, ISBN: 0812571088] by Robert J. Sawyer—based around the HGP—reasonable read, but poor / confused ending.”

Calculating God [Tor Books, ISBN: 0812580354]by the same author—has a subtler bio connection and is a much better read. Near the start an alien spacecraft lands, the alien emerges and says ‘take me to your paleontologist’

Further suggestions for this section are welcome.

Bioinformatics Books

I’ve divided suggested reading into books of general interest, those best suited to people coming from a computational/mathematical background and books for biologists interested in bioinformatics. Links to other lists of bioinformatics books follow this section of suggested reading.

General Introductions

Computational/Mathematical aspects

Applying bioinformatics in biological research

Fiction