Books The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers Paperback, 639 pages, Harpercollins, List Price: $16.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Gold Bug VariationsAuthorRichard Powers Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Stuart Ressler, an up-and-coming molecular biologist, finds his career sidetracked by the turmoil of the 1960s, and a young couple of the 1980s tries to discover why the biologist abandoned his scientific pursuits Genres: Fiction Also by Richard Powers The Echo Maker The Time of Our Singing Generosity Orfeo Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Gold Bug Variations Novel Ideas Richard Powers: Each Try Launches Another November 20, 2006 Richard Powers is the author of nine novels. His latest, The Echo Maker, won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction. He teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.