Best Books About Nanotechnology

Fiction or nonfiction! Science fiction author Matthew Joseph Harrington shares his favorite books on the emerging technology in honor of his new book, The Goliath Stone. Add more books to his list here!

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183 books · 737 voters · list created June 26th, 2013 by Jessica (votes) .
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message 1: by Danyel (last edited Jul 21, 2013 02:07PM) (new)

Danyel Lawson Suggestions to add:

Stone by Adam Roberts
Gridlinked by Neal Asher
The Skinner by Neal Asher
Counting Heads by David Marusek


message 2: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell I definitely don't understand the thinking behind how a lot of these books are considered nanotechnology. Anyone have any explanation for Hunger Games or the Host for example?


message 3: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Mitchell wrote: "I definitely don't understand the thinking behind how a lot of these books are considered nanotechnology. Anyone have any explanation for Hunger Games or the Host for example?"


I guess they are included on the list because of their futuristic setting. I can understand The Host making the cut but The Hunger Games - not so much.


message 4: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell It's too bad, I thought this was a good concept for a list. Perhaps people could read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanotech... and remove there book from this list if there books contains NO nanotechnology.


message 5: by Nae (new)

Nae Ayson What about The Mortal Instruments? Why is the series included in this list?


message 6: by Desmond (new)

Desmond Nae wrote: "What about The Mortal Instruments? Why is the series included in this list?"

Because it doesn't contain nano-technology. Most of the books on this list doesn't. Im guessing alot of people just dont know what nano-technology is.


message 7: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Jason wrote: "Nae wrote: "What about The Mortal Instruments? Why is the series included in this list?"

Because it doesn't contain nano-technology. Most of the books on this list doesn't. Im guessing alot of peo..."


Actually there are 140 voters on this list and 108 books. There are 66 books with more than one vote. I voted for 18 books and I'm willing to defend each of those.

The primary problem appears to be one voter - Taylor - who voted for 53 books.


message 8: by Bethany (new)

Bethany Yea, this is kinda weird. A lot of these don't contain nanotech in their storyline.

However, if you are looking for a really great book that deals with nanotech, try Arclight (Arclight, #1) by Josin L. McQuein


message 9: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell There are an awful lot of books on this list about nanotechnology - and then there are some that are questionable. And then there are some for there is no question such as Eragon and Fellowship of the Ring - and those should be removed. A fair rule would be if it doesn't say nanotechnology or some derivative of that word in the title or goodreads description or amazon or powells writeup then it shouldn't be here.


message 10: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Removed The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Fellowship of the Ring, Eragon, The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for not being even in the slightest bit about nanotechnology.


message 11: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Removed The Diary of a Young Girl and Twilight the Graphic Novel for not being even in the slightest bit about nanotechnology.


message 12: by Nae (new)

Nae Ayson Mitchell wrote: "Removed The Diary of a Young Girl and Twilight the Graphic Novel for not being even in the slightest bit about nanotechnology."

Yay for removing them!


message 13: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Quite honestly I'd like to remove the Hunger Games trilogy from this list as well. But not badly enough to reread them any time soon. At some point though I'll prove to myself that I can find random words from the books in google and that nano isn't in there in the slightest. Unless one of you 120 people want to explain to us all how these books have ANYTHING to do with NANOTECHNOLOGY. I'd love to be corrected.


message 14: by Katie (new)

Katie suggestions to add:
NERDS


message 15: by Eva (new)

Eva I've read and am familiar enough with the the first book of the Hunger Games to be confident enough to say that there is no mention of 'nanotechnology' in that one. Nanotech would only appear in Capitol tech, and while we see mutants, costuming, and weaponry, as well as small cameras everywhere, we see no tiny building, consuming, or repairing machines, thus no nanotech.

I don't remember that The Host had any either- most of the advanced medical stuff was passed off with a very vague reference about chemicals and physiology, not nanotechs.

Matched didn't have anything like that. They relied mostly upon pharmaceutical plot devices, which were simply a concoction of medicine, not technology.

Gone, although it has been awhile since I read it, was mostly technology free- there was little power to begin with in the novel, and any reference to either tech or little creatures were either alien-esque creatures spoken with in death or supernatural-ish creatures with a hive mind in a deep tunnel. Neither of which have much to do with nanotech.

What is even up with this list? Uglies and Pretties has some nanotech, as I remember it- the cure was actually programmed nanobots in pill form, designed to fix a pretties brain to pre-operation, and then be turned off. I don't know about the other books in the same series, though.

Skinned and Cinder both had plausible amounts of nanotech to be kept on this list.


message 16: by Pikaso (new)

Pikaso Chakma :D


message 17: by Abby (new)

Abby S. Eva wrote: "I've read and am familiar enough with the the first book of the Hunger Games to be confident enough to say that there is no mention of 'nanotechnology' in that one. Nanotech would only appear in Ca..."

I agree!


message 18: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Removing Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay from this list.


message 19: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Danyel wrote: "Suggestions to add:

Stone by Adam Roberts
Gridlinked by Neal Asher
The Skinner by Neal Asher
Counting Heads by David Marusek"


Danyel, if you think a book should be added, you should add that book.


message 20: by Isabel (new)

Isabel Mortal Instruments is not nanotechnology. It's about magic and monsters!


message 21: by Mike (new)

Mike Removing The Mortal Instruments and anything else I can find without any nanotechnology.


message 22: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Mike wrote: "Removing The Mortal Instruments and anything else I can find without any nanotechnology."
If you would list what you remove here, that would be helpful. Also I strongly suggest that if there is any doubt - leave the book in.


message 23: by Candice (new)

Candice Mitchell wrote: "I definitely don't understand the thinking behind how a lot of these books are considered nanotechnology. Anyone have any explanation for Hunger Games or the Host for example?"

That's exactly what I want to know.


message 24: by Laura (new)

Laura L. Van Dam Reading the titles in the list makes me think that the voters have no idea of what nanotechnology is. Not to mention "best"


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