If you visit the official Michael Crichton fan page on Facebook, you can read an excerpt from his forthcoming book Micro, written by Richard Preston (of The Hot Zone fame) based on notes left behind before Crichton died. Also, take a Michael Crichton trivia quiz!
Micro will be released on November 22nd. Pre-order now and get the book delivered to you on release day.
In the meantime, read another superb 2011 science thriller featuring nanobot technology: Spiral by Cornell University professor Paul McEuen. Or satisfy your hunger for real science in a thriller with Petroplague by Dr. Amy Rogers.
Summary 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.