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.
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.
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