Small Miracles

Small Miracles

by Edward M. Lerner

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Overview

When Brent Cleary, demonstrating a beta-test protective "nanosuit" to potential customers, gets trapped in a massive pipeline explosion, only the nanosuit saves him. Smart nanobots integrated into the suit will do whatever it takes to protect the wearer ....

The explosion kills hundreds. It's so destructive that-despite his protective suit-Brent suffers severe injuries. He needs first aid-and lots of it-that the bots scurry to provide ....

But once inside his body, what will the bots do? Will they continue in their mission to improve and repair? How does one repair the imperfection that is a human being? Where and when does the bots' mission end?

"Suspense and action enough to fuel any thriller, and even to drive it to the big screen."-SFRevu

"An intelligent blending of science fiction and horror themes."-Winnipeg Free Press

"Smart, engaging, and tight, with all the little pieces fitting together in the long run. Highly recommended."-Intergalactic Medicine Show

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612422329
Publisher: Arc Manor
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

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.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
At Garner Nanotechnology, Brent Cleary demonstrates a new nanosuit that will save the lives of cops or soldiers. Upon impact from a bullet, the suit tightens and stiffens to keep the projectile out; if it should penetrate and injure the wearer, nanites are secreted that clot the wound. The demos are successful as Brent rides along with the police. That is until a gasoline pipeline explodes killing hundreds and imbedding Brent into a brick wall. Brent survives, but his friends and workers believe he has changed though he, CEO Daniel Garner, and the medical research team in charge of the experiment insist he is back to normal with nanites removed from his system. However, Kim at Garner notices his ability to absorb information at a level geometrically greater than before the accident and his rate of absorption is growing even more rapidly daily. She begs him to undergo more intensive tests, but Brent refuses even as he begins to lose control of his mental faculties while the firm keeps on testing others while hiding the results from federal and state inspectors. This is an exciting modern day Frankenstein as Edward M. Lerner makes a case for better scientific ethics with stronger government oversight instead of rotating back and forth doors, which means no true review. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the explosion occurs and never slows down, but the tale is totally driven by Brent, Daniel, and Kim; each is obsessive in different ways. Although in some ways similar to Robocop (in terms of the critical conversion incident) mixed with Phenomenon, SMALL MIRACLES is a refreshing cautionary science fiction thriller. Harriet Klausner