The Goliath Stone
The year is 2052 and Dr. Toby Glyer has effected miracle cures with the use of nanotechnology. But Glyer’s controversial nanites are living things—a new form of life—and they have more uses than just medical. They also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids…if he can ...more
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Here's a few of the authors' literary sins.
-- They have their characters interrupt the narrative seven or eight separate times just to talk about how brilliant science-fiction authors are, and to wax eloquently on the genius of Heinlein and other sci-fi writers. The characters e ...more
I thought there was much potential for this book based on the overview of the story, I couldn't have been more wrong. I don't think I've ever read a Larry Niven book that has left me this disappointed. The story is supposed to be about nano tech that is launched into space to retrieve an asteroid and bring it within Earth orbit, and that part of the story is at least there, but it is surrounded by a whole lot of crap.
To start with, the authors clearly have sex on the brain. There was far more th...more
On the plus side, this book was occasionally funny; never quite enough to make me burst out into laughter, but at least enough for a few chuckles. Niven and Harrington appear to have been more than a little sex-obsessed while writing this yarn, but at least the sex is only ever (strongly) hinted at, not told in pornographic detail.
The plot revolves around the use of nanotechnology around 50 years hence, and is somewhat believable; the willing suspension of disbelief didn't come terribly hard, ex...more
The problem is that the authors ignore their own plot. Or to put it another way, the writing here is so pared down and allusive, that I was fully a third of the way into the novel before I could c ...more
The book was short (230 pages), overpriced ($11.99) and spent minimal time on the actual story.
It did spend lots of time trying to sell an extremist political philosophy (a Libertarian Ubermensch based 'Government Bad/Capitalism Good' hash - com ...more
To make the lack of tension worse, there was also a long section of the book where the characters sat in a hotel room and looked things up on the internet.
Apart from that, I foun ...more
It's a novel of big ideas centering on nanotechnology (which of course gets out of control).
Part of science fiction’s pleasure is that it is grounded in familiar elements of genre. Which is not to say that it isn’t intellectual, only that it isn’t highly literary.
This one's a stinker.
In mid-story, the authors talk about a character becoming hugely successful by writing romance novels - using a template and making everything as bad as it could be. I am tempted to read that as being about this book too.
There's no doubt that this is a tribute to, and perhaps a satire on, Heinlein. Whose work I also don't care much for nowadays. But do we really need yet another of ...more
Basic Science fiction. Hard to screw up that story, right? Well, give it to Larry Niven to write. It comes out something like this:
Nanobots - did everyone see how smart I am? I'm writing about nanotechnology- sent to ...more
Already ridiculously short, with a horrifying amount of white on the pages...it felt as if it should be far longer. And yet, fully half of what was there...needed to be cut! Specifically, the rage-inducing dialogue.
I would love to read this exact story line and plot w ...more
The use of nanotechnology in humans was kind of a rip off of the Sleepless series by Nancy Kress.
These nanobots also turned men into women. The explanation is that they fix mutations by copying missing information from one chromosome o ...more
The more I read the latest MJH and Niven books, the more I find older SF too pedestrian, too long-winded and too handed-to-me-on-a-platter. MJH and Niven expect me to THINK while reading, not just blandl ...more
This one is a different read: funky premise, and written in an odd chapter style of tiny bursts. However, the plot holds up okay, and the premise, while not as developed from start to finish as his best works, is good.
And the science. . . either his research is impeccable and his facts perfect, or he's made up science f ...more
I knew to expect that from Heinlein in books like Number of the Beast, but this almost seemed like an attempt to impress the readers with how sm ...more