Garner Nanotechnology is developing nanotech-enhanced protective suits and autonomous first-aid nanobots. It’s cutting-edge stuff, and when it saves Brent Cleary from a pipeline explosion that killed hundreds, the Army takes notice.
Near-death experience changes a person, so no one is entirely surprised when easy-going Brent turns somber and studious, focused and cold. Not at first. But Kim O’Donnell, Brent’s best friend, cannot get past some of the changes. This just isn’t her friend, and she wonders what’s gotten into him.
With an Army field trial imminent and the company’s future at stake, possible nanotech side effects aren’t something anyone wants to discuss. The bad news is, Kim’s right. Something has gotten into Brent – and he isn’t the only one changing.
If Kim can’t stop them ... maybe we’ll all change.
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EDWARD M. LERNER has degrees in physics and computer science. As an engineer, Lerner has led development projects for NASA and various contract work from telecommunications to national defense. His books include Probe, Moonstruck, and the collection Creative Destruction, as well as a collaborative series of Ringworld prequels (Fleet of Worlds and Juggler of Worlds) with Larry Niven. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.Review:
"I was royally entertained. For the duration of the book, I was convinced I understood nanotechnology. Buy this book quick."
-- LARRY NIVEN, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Ringworld --back cover
"Lerner shows what it might be like to live in times of artificial intelligence. An entrancing and frightening novel."
-- JERRY POURNELLE, Prometheus and Robert A. Heinlein Award-winning author --back cover
"' Miracle: an event or act that breaks a law of nature -- especially one attributed to a deity.' The miracles in Edward M. Lerner's new book may be small ones, but they fit the definition in that they definitely aren't natural -- which could be a problem. When God makes a miracle, it's a wonder, but a man-made miracle can as easily be a blunder. We are only human after all."
-- BRIAN LUMLEY, Grand Master of Horror and author of Necroscope --back cover
"Edward M. Lerner's Small Miracles is a splendid combination of hard SF and a techno-thriller about nanotechnology gone really, really wrong."
-- ERIC FLINT, New York Times bestselling author of the Ring of Fire series --back cover
"From its explosive beginning to its explosive finale, Small Miracles is fast paced and very high tech and reads like a Michael Crichton novel. It is extremely intriguing and provocative; I couldn't put it down, especially during the last fifty pages when so many lives were in danger. The epilogue is wonderfully downbeat and open, letting the reader know that the real nightmare has just begun."
-- SFrevu --SFrevu, October 2009 (http://sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=9421)
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