Goliath Stone

Goliath Stone

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Using nanotechnology to enable miracle health cures and promote unprecedented levels of global wealth in the mid-twenty-first century, Dr. Toby Glyer sparks moral debates and finds his innovations tested by the threat of a cataclysmic asteroid collision.

McMillan Palgrave

The Goliath Stone is a visionary new tale from Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington.

Doctor Toby Glyer has effected miracle cures with the use of nanotechnology. But Glyer's controversial nanites are more than just the latest technological advance, they are a new form of life—and they have more uses than just medical. Glyer's nanites also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids.
Twenty-five years ago, the Briareus mission took nanomachinery out to divert an Earth-crossing asteroid and bring it back to be mined, only to drop out of contact as soon as it reached its target. The project was shut down and the technology was forcibly suppressed.
Now, a much, much larger asteroid is on a collision course with Earth—and the Briareus nanites may be responsible. While the government scrambles to find a solution, Glyer knows that their only hope of avoiding Armageddon lies in the nanites themselves. On the run, Glyer must track down his old partner, William Connors, and find a way to make contact with their wayward children.
As every parent learns, when you produce a new thinking being, the plans it makes are not necessarily your plans. But with a two-hundred-gigaton asteroid that rivals the rock that felled the dinosaurs hurtling toward Earth, Glyer and Connors don't have time to argue. Will Glyer's nanites be Earth's salvation or destruction?

& Taylor

Using nanotechnology to enable miracle health cures and promote unprecedented levels of global wealth in the mid-21st century, Dr. Toby Glyer sparks moral debates and finds his innovations tested by their sentience and the threat of a cataclysmic asteroid collision. Co-written by the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series.

Publisher: New York, NY : , Tor /, 2014
ISBN: 9780765368898
Additional Contributors: Harrington, Matthew Joseph - Author


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Nov 27, 2017

I have read a lot of Niven because he packs his stories with big ideas, but this book stinks. The most interesting activity occurs on the Goliath stone, but that is less than 5% of the book. The rest is a disjointed tale about magic nanobots controlled by a genius who programmed into them a response for every contingency. The dialog oscillates between being impossible to follow unless you have read exactly what the authors have, and making you feel as if you are trapped in a subway car with a pair of horny teenagers.

Sep 16, 2016

This book reads as it was written; conflicting authors both trying to give something life, at the same time, in the same space.

May 24, 2014

Set in an alternate fantasy universe where global climate change is not happening and a man with almost god-like perception, intellect, and access to a technological fountain of youth has tremendous powers but uses them only for the good of the human race.

Hard-core hard science fiction fans will enjoy the constant literary references and other throw-away lines.

Non-science-fiction fans and those with low tolerance for libertarian utopianist thinking will probably dislike it.

May 17, 2014

Loved - The parts describing the "life" of the nanotech entities.

Disliked - The innuendoes and preoccupation with sex of the human characters.

Neutral - The references to other literary works.

Loathed - The premise that it is okay to be "judge, jury, and executioner" as long as the over-arching goal was to "improve humankind."

Feb 21, 2014

This is a very funny book. Just reading the “Cast and Crew” is funny, and even funnier when read after reading the book. There is so much tongue in cheek going on that it left we gasping. The nanos, who consider Toby Glyer their father figure, go on to take over an asteroid, while on earth William Connors is improving society with nanos. I may not agree with the authors about everything, but I certainly enjoyed the book. A fast read.

Dec 30, 2013

Agree with the previous comment. I would add the science fiction is fascinating overshadowed by a poorly conceived narrative.

Dec 23, 2013

Interesting characters and plot marred by disjointed, choppy writing.

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