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Bugs in the Arroyo

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The bugs eat metal and leave people and animals alone -- unless you crush one, and then they'll swarm and destroy everything they touch. When Kimball comes upon twelve-year-old Thayet, she's been stuck on a rock in a river of bugs for two days, no food, no water, and no way back.
ebook, 16 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published April 17th 2009)
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Aug 02, 2010 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a 3840 word short story that is available (free when I read it on 08/02/2010) online at
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A very interesting short-story set in the world of an upcoming book by Gould called 7th Sigma in which a plague of nanobots (the bugs) which eat all metal take over Arizona and New Mexico. This tale just illustrates one small action within this world, in which the main character rescues a girl trapped within a sea of the bugs.

The story does feel like its a small part of a larger whole, with references to events that seem a little out of context...whether the story is an excerpt from the upcoming
Douglas Cootey
Apr 23, 2013 Douglas Cootey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise where self-replicating robotic bugs have decimated civilization in New Mexico & Arizona—all because they thrive on metal & radio waves. It's a good thing they don't like water. This story takes place in the desert where a wagon train has come to a halt because one of the children has been cut off from the group by a sea of bugs. This is a teaser of sorts for 7th Sigma, but I felt it stood on its own. I especially enjoyed the ending.
Lisa Grabenstetter
An interesting premise... If there's a book coming of it, I may check it out. The story really didn't stand well on its own, however. I felt like I was reading a detailed version of the "wolves and goats on a raft" puzzle.
Jochen Gren
It's not a book more a short story, I've got to reread before I'd give it a full review but, well let's just say I still sat on the fence in regards this short story, I wouldn't count this as one of my forty books
I didn't know at the time that I had read this that it belonged to an upcoming story. It explains why I was confused. Now that I know that however, I do think it would make for an interesting novel.
Sep 13, 2013 Jp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
By itself, the story wasn't much. Inside Mr Gould's 7th Sigma, it was another way to illustrate the strength of the protagonist, Kimball.
Sep 16, 2010 Lexi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, short-story
Short story/excerpt from an upcoming novel. Interesting premise. Enough to make me want to read the novel when it comes out.
Mary Beth
Looking forward to reading the fuller story,7th Sigma!
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Steven Charles Gould is an American science fiction author. His novels tend to have protagonists fighting to rid government of corrupt antagonists. The struggle against corruption is the focus, rather than the technology.
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