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Crichton, Michael.
New York : HarperCollins, 2002.
ISBN 0066214122
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It's summer. You're outside at a barbeque or at a ballgame. You're annoyed, and distracted by a pesky mosquito---should you worry about West Nile virus?

Maybe you've experienced having a wasp chase you, or worse yet, remember the feeling of gnats-no-see-ums-swarm around your eyes, ears, mouth, face---YUK!

Jack Forman is a techie who used to program---that is, train-computers to solve problems by imitating the cooperative attack behavior of wild animals, like packs of wolves.

Now he finds himself, his wife, and other co-workers threatened by a nanotechnology out of control. A swarm of miniaturized, microscopic, and self-replicating machines has escaped the lab and attacks these scientists who created them.

Does the swarm think with a collective intelligence? It seems to be learning from its experiences. Can the predator be captured? Controlled? Destroyed?

Who is behind this threat? Does it matter?
Marge Erickson Freeburn for The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

SUBJECTS:     Molecular biologists -- Fiction.
                        Life -- Fiction.
                        Nevada -- Fiction.
                        Adventure fiction.
                        Science fiction.


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