Monday, April 24, 2006

Assemblers of Infinity

It has been a long time since I have read science fiction. This story is entertaining and does show plausibility in some of its technology. The premise is built around an invasion of nanocritters that begin to build a structure on the surface of the moon. Like many science fiction stories it relies on only one expert in the entire world to work on solving the problem, when a team approach would be more likely.

Despite that, this story was much more entertaining than similar stories, such as Prey by Michael Crichton. Crichton's story is more horror than science fiction and also unbelievable. He assigns a level of intelligence to nanites that is impossible. In Assemblers of Infinity the nanites are simply machines programmed by a higher intelligence determined to build a place suitable for their creators. The authors certainly set the story up for a sequel, but I am unsure if one exists.

And another pet peeve. I would think a major publisher would have better editing. On at least one page I found incomprehensible writing. A few sentences had been transposed from an earlier chapter followed by several mis-spelled words. This was a major editing mistake and I would be very upset if I was the author.

Book Rating: 3 Stars

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