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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Prey: by Michael Crichton

I reserved this book from the public library, and when I went to pick it up i discovered that it was LARGE print. So I think this might have colored my thoughts about the books itself. For some reason Large print makes everything simplistic and childish, or is that just Micahel Crichton? I enjoyed the thought process that went into the novel. The defense department commissions tiny nano cameras to be built. The contractor keeps fiddling with them to make them work, until they are out of control and they start eating people.


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  • So, it's about Grey Goo?

    By bshort, at 1:56 PM  

  • Wait, little cameras are eating people?

    By evt1618, at 2:00 PM  

  • Yes exactly, grey goo. ;)

    Well they were originally designed to be cameras but then the software went awry and the little things started swarming. Think blackish dust devlis in the desert intent on making your insides little nano-assembling factories.

    By Jason, at 2:39 PM  

  • Does it ever get more specific than "the software went awry"? 'Cause sometimes that just happens, like in that recent Jessica Biehl movie where lightning struck a super-secret robot fighter plane and the robot turned evil.

    By lillygog, at 8:35 PM  

  • I like getting the large print books. I don't think I could have finished "The Historian" in a weekend without a headache if I hadn't gotten the large print copy from the library.

    By Anna, at 7:33 PM  

  • Well I don't think it went awry so much as the software developers gave the program too much latitutde in the hopes that the nano-bots would figure out a problem (staying aloft in wind gusts) that they could not. Their solution was: let's keep giving it more energy and memory until it can figure this out for itself.

    By Jason, at 8:36 AM  

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