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Murder in the Solid State

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David Sanger, an ambitious young physicist, attends a party at which a pompous older scientist, who just happens to have thrwarted the younger man's innovative ideas, is murdered. Suddenly it is not just David's career, but his life that is at stake. Are his ideas that important? Who's out to stop David from changing the world?
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 15th 1998 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1996)
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Johnny
Aug 20, 2016 Johnny rated it really liked it
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I find Will McCarty’s writing to be entertaining for the same reason I find Ben Bova’s writing to be enjoyable, both combine interesting science fact and speculation with good stories. McCarty blends an academic duel of one-upmanship at a conference of physicists, chemists, and nanotechnologists with a murder mystery. The catty conversations between rival positions soon turn into an unexpected duel. Then, the duel turned ugly, ugly enough that when one of the academicians is killed, the other is ...more
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In logging this book I saw that I had read it before. That I didn't remember it is a hint.

First off, this is a 1996 book, probably written in 1995 -- before Netscape 1.0 appeared. From our point of view it's amusing to see, amid this advanced nanotechnology, a big deal being made of an 800Khz computer.

Anyway, we start off in traditional whodunit form, with a few futuristic items for decoration. Our hero is into advanced applied science, but it hasn't mattered much yet. Then the bodies start pi
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Engineer/Novelist/Journalist/Entrepreneur Wil McCarthy is a former contributing editor for WIRED magazine and science columnist for the SyFy channel (previously SciFi channel), where his popular "Lab Notes" column ran from 1999 through 2009. A lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, he has been
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