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Assemblers of Infinity | [Kevin J. Anderson, Doug Beason]

Assemblers of Infinity

The crew of Moonbase Columbus makes an amazing discovery on the far side of the Moon - a massive alien structure is erecting itself, built up atom by atom by living machines, microscopically small, intelligent, and unstoppable, consuming everything they touch. The mysterious structure begins to expand and take shape, and its creators begin to multiply. Is this the first strike in an alien invasion from the stars? Or has human nanotechnology experimentation gone awry, triggering an unexpected infestation?
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The crew of Moonbase Columbus makes an amazing discovery on the far side of the Moon - a massive alien structure is erecting itself, built up atom by atom by living machines, microscopically small, intelligent, and unstoppable, consuming everything they touch. The mysterious structure begins to expand and take shape, and its creators begin to multiply.

Is this the first strike in an alien invasion from the stars? Or has human nanotechnology experimentation gone awry, triggering an unexpected infestation? As riots rage across a panicked Earth, scientists scramble to learn the truth before humanity’s home is engulfed by the voracious machines.

©1993 Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Michael Rockville, MD, United States 08-08-12
    Michael Rockville, MD, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Alien nanotech unbound"

    After the moon has been colonized, humanity gets down to the business of exploitation (an astronomical array on the far side) as well as utilizing Antarctica for both a dry run for a manned Mars mission and an isolated facility serving as a nanotech lab (due to fear of potential catastrophe). Upsetting all these carefully laid plans is the discovery of an alien nanotech structure growing on the moon. What ensues is a rather inept series of attempts to discern the function and intent of the evolving alien structure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-08-12
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Alien nanotech unbound"

    After the moon has been colonized, humanity gets down to the business of exploitation (an astronomical array on the far side) as well as utilizing Antarctica for both a dry run for a manned Mars mission and an isolated facility serving as a nanotech lab (due to fear of potential catastrophe). Upsetting all these carefully laid plans is the discovery of an alien nanotech structure growing on the moon. What ensues is a rather inept series of attempts to discern the function and intent of the evolving alien structure.

    Sadly, the characters are largely unremarkable and forgettable. Their personal features are mostly annoying and uninteresting. In the case of the future seeing dreamer. a rabid dog that must be put down comes to mind. While there are various scenes of actions taking place concurrently, much is simply irrelevant to the overall plot. For example, after supplying one of the main characters, Antarctica contributes little to the rest of players other than supplying some background and infodumps to the listener. The nuclear weapon retrieval process was cumbersome and unnecessary.

    Conceptually, the idea of alien nanotech is fascinating and compelling and should have resulted in a better tale. The narration is well done, but there is little for the narrator to work with.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 11-19-14
    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 11-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "An OK escapist thriller movie in book form"

    This book ponders some of the interesting new solutions and problems that nanotechnology may bring us. There's a kernel of a good escapist (as opposed to hard sci-fi) story here, starting with the get-you-hooked first chapter from the Moon Base perspective and then branching into three different locales (two Earth-based and the moon) with a few different characters that are iterated through for the rest of the story. There are a couple of sub-stories that are wound in with the overall plot that don't really add anything to the story and there's a somewhat bizarre twist to one of the main characters that actively detracts from the story.

    The general shape of the plot was good, and the characters are somewhat interesting but every now and then there was a statement that blatantly contradicted information from earlier in the book, on one occasion earlier in the sentence. The characters too suffer from this problem and (relatively infrequently, to be fair) make completely out of character statements or decisions that brought me to a jarring stop while I tried to do the mental gymnastics to assimilate whatever just happened into my understanding of the people and their world. I don't want to give any specific example because they're rather spoilery, which is the annoying thing as these out-of-character moments often involved rather major plot points.

    The narration by Jim Meskimen was, frankly, poor. It's read with almost no feeling whatsoever and I found it to be slow and bland (I actually started listening on 1.5 speed about five chapters in because it was driving me crazy) and there are frequent changes in audio quality where pieces have been re-recorded for some reason. Mr Meskimen does manage to individually voice the characters but he frequently runs these individual voices into sentences following speech from a character, even if it's nothing related to that characters internal dialog.

    This is an OK escapist thriller movie in book form and ultimately there was too much about this book that annoyed me to let me really enjoy it.

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    Jan Helsingborg, Sweden 08-31-13
    Jan Helsingborg, Sweden 08-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good story, but not narrated so good."

    Nanotech... It's been in the news for a long time and it will not disappear soon. Quite the contrary. And in this book, set in the near future, it will definitely be on every human's mind.

    I will not go into the story so much, as you can find information about it in other reviews, but I liked it very much. It was intriguing and thought provoking. Small SPOILER here: But I thought the addition of precognition into the mix was unnecessary. I know, it's a scifi book, but it seemed out of place.

    A few words on the narration... Jim Meskimen did a good job portraying the different characters – and there were a few to keep track on. But unfortunately I was bothered by some things.

    First: When characters stop talking/thinking and the story goes on, you stop sounding like the character. Even if it will be clear soon that the character has stopped talking, it's annoying when you can't hear the difference from the start. That happened a little too often.

    Second: There should have been longer silent pauses between different events in time. Now it sounded like the narrator rushed, making it unclear whether the new paragraph was joined in time with the previous paragraph or not.

    And third: Automaton... That was a word frequently used throughout the book, but the narrator must have pronounced it incorrectly when he first made the recording. You notice it, because every time the word "automaton" is used, the recording shifts slightly in tone and quality. Like he's gone back and re-recorded every instance of the word, but just that word (although sometimes a full sentence), and changed those soundbites. Which was probably what he/they did. It is obvious. And quite annoying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 04-26-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 04-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "VERY COOL!"

    Nano tech. It realy makes you think! Great story. Well written and has great narration. Hope we get a second book. Good Science thats important.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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