In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles -- micro-robots -- has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.
It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.
Every attempt to destroy it has failed.
And we are the prey.
As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton's most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence -- in a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can't put down.
Because time is running out....Continua
Un libro letto in pochissimo tempo. Ho fatto nottata legato alla trama di questo romanzo a dir poco straordinario.
Una storia solo apparentemente paradossale. Lo sviluppo delle nanotecnologie nei suoi aspetti più inquietanti, la dove la scienza non riesce a porre un freno all'ingordigia umana.
Leggendo questo libro c'e' anche molto da imparare su quello che e' e sarà il futuro dell'ingegneria genetica, della biologia molecolare e dell'informativa, nei suoi ambiti meno conosciuti.
Finale degno del resto del libro. Sembra proprio di viverlo in prima persona e di trovarsi sul posto.
SEMPRE INTRIGANTE CRICHTON MA QUESTA VOLTA SI LASCIA PRENDERE LA MANO DA UN'INVENZIONE TECNOLOGICA PIUTTOSTO INVEROSIMILE
It has been almost a decade since i last read a Michael Crichton's novel. I always remembered his novels to be obscure and difficult to understand. Full of jargon that only people in that field could understand. I was however, pleasantly surprised after reading this novel. It was fast-paced, easy to comprehend and in fact contained a degree of technicalities that was challenging enough to captivate but not too much to bore - all the right mix of a thriller-mystery combination. It was fantastic. I think perhaps his books are cater better to an adult audience with a degree of knowledge instead of adolescents. I am glad i picked this book up in a sale. I am keen to read more of his other novels now....Continua
The guy is a genius and this one is proof of it. Nanotechnology is the main subject of this thriller. An experience turns bad and we become the prey.
I generally tell peple I don't like sci-fi, but I do quite enjoy Michael Crichton occasionally. Like most of the other books I've read by him, I found the science potentially worrying, but also it seemed a long way off based on the descriptions in the book about the processes and timescales involved.
I found the central character annoying for the first couple of hundred pages because of his tendency to go on about what a "wonder dad" he is, but once he gets away from the family environment he grew on me a bit - as much as a typically faceless Michael Crichton character can grow on you....Continua