Michael Crichton publishes from the grave: Micro

The Great One is dead, but he left ideas behind.  Pirate Latitudes (2010), a marked departure from his science-themed works, was found “in manuscript form” among his files.  Now, his estate has handed over Crichton’s notes to famed author Richard Preston (of The Hot Zone fame) to write Crichton’s latest novel, Micro.  Release date:  Nov. 22, 2011.

From MichaelCrichton.net, here’s the synopsis of Micro:

Three men are found dead in the locked second-floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye.

In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier.

But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself.

An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.

Definitely makes me think of Spiral by Paul McEuen, with the blade-wielding nanobots and all. And Hawaii seems to be a very popular setting for thrillers these days. Hope Micro lives up to the high standards of Crichton. What I don’t doubt is that it will be a best seller.

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