From Greg Bear’s introduction to “Blood Music” in The Collected Stories of Greg Bear:
“Cells are self-making and self-regulating in ways we never imagined only a few decades ago. In other words, our cells are intelligent, in their way, and sometimes even break loose from their slavery and assert their individuality.
“We call such things tumors.
“I wonder — do tumor cells read the genetic equivalent of Ayn Rand?”
I’ve read the passage several times this morning and I’m still not sure if this is a compliment to Rand for the liberating force of her novels or a shot at the social skills of some Objectivists. Maybe it’s both.