Micro is the last novel Michael Crichton started before his passing in 2008. Author Richard Preston stepped in to complete the novel, and he did it in such a way that I was not able to recognize where Crichton left off and Preston took over. Micro is a scientific-based novel rich in detail. This one revolves around the idea of using magnetic fields to shrink down inanimate objects, working machinery, and people to near microscopic sizes. Why would anyone do that? Well, for the good of mankind of course. Nanigen Technologies is using the newly discovered technology to conduct research in hopes of discovering cures for diseases. In addition to scientific advancement, Nanigen has other more sinister plans for their technology; they created machines the size of a fly that can kill people by entering their bloodstream to cut their arteries from the inside out. Not only can these micro machines kill on command, they can be programmed to track humans by their scent like a pack of wolves. Rich governments want what Nanigen was doing. The technology is worth billions, but at what cost? Is the technology worth enough to kill for? The seven scientists from Cambridge, Massachusetts are about to find that out the hard way.
If anyone tells me they never fantasized about going back in time I would call them a liar. Wishing you could go back in time to correct a wrong and make it right is something we all agree we wish we could do. “Gee, I wish I would have done that differently” is usually the extent of our desire to travel in time. In Stephen King’s latest novel 11/22/63, Jake Epping has the ability to correct many wrongs, but at what cost? Why prevent President John F. Kennedy’s assassination? What is it about keeping JFK alive that will make the present, 2011, a better place? The answer lies solely within the context of science fiction.
I’m sure many of you have read some form of the novel The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell or at least have seen one of its many film adaptations. It’s the story where a guy finds himself abandoned on an island to soon find that he is being hunted by a rich guy who wants the real thrill of hunting something intelligent. And I’m pretty sure everyone is familiar with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. If you were to take those two novels and blend them together and add a good helping of psychological and social undertones with a good smattering of twists, aliens, and imagination you will find yourself with the science fiction novel Hunter’s Run, written as a collaboration effort between George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, and Daniel Abraham.