Doctor Toby Glyer has effected miracle cures with the use of nanotechnology. But Glyer’s controversial nanites are more than just the latest technological advance, they are a new form of life - and they have more uses than just medical. Glyer’s nanites also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids.
Twenty-five years ago, the Briareus mission took nanomachinery out to divert an Earth-crossing asteroid and bring it back to be mined, only to drop out of contact as soon as it reached its target. The project was shut down and the technology was forcibly suppressed.
Now, a much, much larger asteroid is on a collision course with Earth - and the Briareus nanites may be responsible. While the government scrambles to find a solution, Glyer knows that their only hope of avoiding Armageddon lies in the nanites themselves. On the run, Glyer must track down his old partner, William Connors, and find a way to make contact with their wayward children.
As every parent learns, when you produce a new thinking being, the plans it makes are not necessarily your plans. But with a two-hundred-gigaton asteroid that rivals the rock that felled the dinosaurs hurtling toward Earth, Glyer and Connors don’t have time to argue. Will Glyer’s nanites be Earth's salvation or destruction?
©2013 Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
Oh my God! The first half of this book is dialog between two characters that you can't bring yourself to care anything for. They spend all of the time telling the story instead of showing the story. I felt like the two characters were about as interesting as sock puppets. The narration is barely passable -- I'll give him three stars for a good effort. I am Nivan fan and read many of his books, so I was really excited when this book was released.
This doesn't even qualify as classic Sci Fi because the technology just doesn't wash. I got half way through the book and decided I really didn't care what happens. You know what? When I finished it, I shouldn't have. I give this a hard pass, don't waste the listening hours like I did.
The audible version has some jarring lapses. For example, "Kay-on" is the pronunciation used for term "cation."
The Niven version the escaped nanobot plot: as a rule, Niven's plots are unusually technologically dense and bubbling with ideas.
The southern accent of a main character intrudes on the story.
A new Niven book is almost always a lovely mini-vacation: this Niven collaboration is more comfort food than a seven course gourmet meal, but it works.
The story is very one dimensional, they pass the ability of a veteran sci-fi and fantasy reader to suspend disbelief, and the writing style is schizophrenic. NO NO NO
I liked the subject matter of nanotechnology and the medical aspects covered.
The book basically rambled on without a clear direction and the end was non-conclusive and abrupt.
I am an avid fan of Larry Niven and have read many of his books (some with Jerry Pournelle) such as Footfall, Dragons of Heorot etc. Of course not every book has the same consistency of appeal to every reader but I was really interested as this was a new writing partnership to me with the promise of fresh input. I was really disappointed.
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