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Vitals (novel)

Summary
Vitals is a 2002 techno-thriller novel by American writer Greg Bear, nominated for a John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2002. The main protagonist is Hal Cousins, a scientist who wishes to find a way to prevent death. He gets his funding from angel investors – rich businessmen who are determined to live a thousand years. On an exotic ocean floor lifeform retrieval mission in a small deep sea vessel, his pilot goes berserk, starts spouting gibberish, and tries to kill him. He survives, but when he gets back to the ship, he finds that a member of the crew also went mad and started spouting gibberish, killing four scientists on board the ship. The rest of the crew is distant from him, on the grounds of what he calls bad mojo. He is disowned by the sponsor in question. Hal's twin brother Rob is murdered, by someone who is later revealed to be Ben Bridger. The story develops from there, taking in his twin brother's widow, Lissa; Rudy Banning, a once respected professor and writer turne
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