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The Bohr Maker (The Nanotech Succession Book 1) (vuoden 2010 painos)

– tekijä: Linda Nagata (Tekijä)

Sarjat: The Nanotech Succession (Book 1)

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Nikko is the first true "post human"-a man genetically engineered to survive in the airless void of space-but the research permit that allows his existence is about to expire. His body has already begun an insidious, pre-programmed failure that will end in his death. Nikko's only hope for survival rides on an illegal and extremely powerful nanotech device known as the Bohr Maker, that will allow him to rewrite his genetic code and extend his life.Nikko steals the Maker from the archives of the Commonwealth police, but his carefully laid plans quickly go awry. The device escapes into the wild, infecting a young woman named Phousita who lives in an impoverished slum where nanotechnology is regulated only by the black market.Phousita's genetic code is rewritten by the Maker. Her senses are enhanced, and she gains extraordinary powers of healing, but like Nikko she is now a fugitive. The Commonwealth police are on the hunt, determined to sterilize all traces of the Bohr Maker before it can be copied and spread throughout the population.Together, Phousita and Nikko must evade a ruthless pursuit, both to preserve their own lives and to save the Bohr Maker, which holds the promise of re-defining humanity-for good or for ill.The Nanotech Succession is a collection of stand-alone novels exploring the rise of nanotechnology and the strange and fascinating future that follows.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Bohr Maker (The Nanotech Succession Book 1)
Kirjailijat:Linda Nagata (Tekijä)
Info:Mythic Island Press LLC (2010), 328 pages
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The Bohr Maker (tekijä: Linda Nagata)

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This one was way better than Tech-Heaven. If the characters were outlandish, they matched their environment - which was fascinating. How far could nanotechnology go? Could it make humans godlike? From dystopia to world building to immortality, it's a fun ride. Some aspects reminded me of The Diamond Age and [b:Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|29587|Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1168033624s/29587.jpg|1413]. I did wonder why there was little discussion of the distinction between the death of the body and the death of brain/mind patterns. (April 15, 2006) ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
Plenty to like here, but also something that, for me, and perhaps only me fell slightly short of making it a really good read. The idea isn't bad: The Commonwealth--comprised, one assumes, of the heavies of our times, the G-7 and a few hangers-on, has given up a great amount of their power to the "Chief of Police" whose mission is to keep the line drawn between legal and illegal programming of nanobots that can alter life forms at the molecular level. It's a bit simplified and the Chief herself is a bit of a cut-out an amusing deluded sort of good-bad gal (who is really the villain). Was it the names that didn't ring true? "Maker" for the immensely complex programs? Or "atrium" for the in-brain receiving area for "ghosts" - that is the extremely lifelike projections people can send around of themselves. The list goes on. The biggest problem is that while I do think Nagata has her ideas straight in her head, it was not always clear to me who was in their real body, and if they were, how they suddenly were. It is quite rare to actually die in this world (unless you are poor and live in one of the countries that is only tangentially connected to the Commonwealth) because you can have back-ups and copies and you can grow a clone and use a ghost and so on. . . . I have a similar issue sometimes with fantasy when it is just too easy for the person to practice magic, no fatigue, no consequences. It's a shame because some of it really does grab you and IS interesting and DOES work. The deeper question of how far can you go before you alter "life" irretrievably, echoes of GMO and DNA fiddling fears we have now, is a good one. In this case, the issue is particularly complicated by the fact that the poorer people of the Earth have no resources at all--kept from them by the Commonwealth . . . so having this program could change things for the better, even if it would NOT be life as before. It's a great question to explore. I have another Nagata novel, that may even have a character from this one in it, so I will try it. ***1/2 ( )
  sibylline | Jan 15, 2017 |
Exciting read ( )
  gregandlarry | Nov 29, 2014 |
This was very original and an enjoyable read. ( )
  marysneedle | Mar 28, 2013 |
Bohr Maker was Linda Nagata's debut novel and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1996. It is about nanotechnology and about privilege and poverty.

Phousita is a slum girl in a future country/region that doesn't exist at present but which I read as being in southern Asia (I don't think anything specific was mentioned though, and it's possible I missed a reference). Her country isn't part of the Commonwealth, meaning that nanotechnology is less present and when present unregulated. The Commonwealth enjoys sticking its nose into other countries affairs and takes it upon itself to police everyone's nanotechnology. But it doesn't care about minor offences, only major ones which could threaten its way of life. So when Phousita is poisoned with nanotech that stunts her growth, or when her friend has his face disfigured no one cares. But as soon as an Important Person inadvertently infects Phousita with the potentially dangerous Bohr Maker (the general term for a nanotech system), the Commonwealth is all over it and Phousita is in different trouble to anything she could have imagined.

There was a lot to like about The Bohr Maker. I very much enjoyed the worldbuilding; one of my favourite things was the nanotech introduced into the river running through the slum (which was downriver of the rest of the city) which changed the water from foetid to clear with edible "fluff" floating on top of it that some of the poorest residents of the city collect to eat. Obviously, it sucks to have to eat river fluff, but how neat is the technology? It would be an awesome invention to carry through to the real world.

I liked the juxtaposition of the high technology belonging to rich people — including space stations, a sort of brain-to-brain communication system, and of course the nanotech — and the very low-tech world in the poorest regions on Earth. Phousita and her cohorts don't know what nanotechnology is and interpret as magic and curses. When Phousita is infected by and gains control of the very advanced Bohr Maker, she thinks she's possessed by a sorcerer and is becoming a witch. When she heals people with the technology, they see it as a spell. All of which makes perfect sense given the context.

What I didn't like about this book, was many of the characters. I liked Phousita, who was genuinely a nice person, and I didn't mind her friend Arif, who wasn't a nice person but understandably so, given his circumstances (actually, I thought he was OK until Phousita started getting more power and threatening his power in their little family). Nikko, a genetically engineered human designed to survive vacuum (a character like him features in Nagata's short story In The Tide, briefly reviewed here), was the other main protagonist and I liked him too. He finds himself in the rather intolerable position of having a fast-approaching expiration date on his genome. When his father created him, the Commonwealth forced him to put in the expiration date 30 years in the future, which he agreed to under the assumption that by then the law would have caught up and he could remove the fail-safe. It didn't. Nikko sets out to try to steal the Bohr Maker (before it's passed onto Phousita) to try to save himself. In the course of events he gets caught up with Phousita (and gets his brother caught up in the trouble as well).

The central character I really hated was Kirsten, the Chief of the Commonwealth police force. She was a horrible person and an unnecessarily large part of the narrative was told from her point of view. I say unnecessarily because while I acknowledge that she instigated a lot of plot-relevant things (she was the one trying to track down the Bohr Maker and get both Nikko and Phousita executed), there were also chunks of worldbuilding exposition filtered through her point of view. And really, it was her point of view that repulsed me. She didn't see Nikko as a person, but as an animal (despite, prior to the opening, conducting an affair with him) and had zero compassion for anyone. She righteously upholds the spirit of the law (not the letter) by any means necessary, with her convictions reinforced by a zealous religious belief that the Bohr Maker and any other unsanctioned nanotech threatened the sanctity of natural life on Earth (unless it was minor nanotech making lives harder in the slums). I simply could not stand the religious zealotry. I'm not sure if she was supposed to be a partially sympathetic character, but she wasn't and I felt I was inside her head too often. She wasn't the sort of antagonist I love to hate either. At one point I had to put the book down for the evening because I couldn't bring myself to finish the current chapter and get back to her sections. However, depending on your particular set of prejudices, your mileage may vary.

The only other thing that bothered me a little bit were a few slow points throughout the book. It wasn't a particularly long book but there were a few bits when I wished the plot would hurry up because I wanted to know what happened next. However, they weren't enough to ruin my enjoyment except for the slow bits with Kirsten

In all, there is a lot to like about The Bohr Maker. Particularly notable is that almost ten years later, this book didn't feel at all dated. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series (or indeed any other science fiction of Nagata's that crosses my path). I've now read her debut novel as well as her most recent novel (which I loved, and which was rather more fast-paced), and I see no reason not to fill in the blanks. I strongly recommend The Bohr Maker to fans of reasonably hard science fiction (although the technical details aren't discussed in detail) as well as fans of sociological science fiction.

4 / 5 stars

You can read more of my reviews on my blog.
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  Tsana | Dec 30, 2012 |
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Nikko is the first true "post human"-a man genetically engineered to survive in the airless void of space-but the research permit that allows his existence is about to expire. His body has already begun an insidious, pre-programmed failure that will end in his death. Nikko's only hope for survival rides on an illegal and extremely powerful nanotech device known as the Bohr Maker, that will allow him to rewrite his genetic code and extend his life.Nikko steals the Maker from the archives of the Commonwealth police, but his carefully laid plans quickly go awry. The device escapes into the wild, infecting a young woman named Phousita who lives in an impoverished slum where nanotechnology is regulated only by the black market.Phousita's genetic code is rewritten by the Maker. Her senses are enhanced, and she gains extraordinary powers of healing, but like Nikko she is now a fugitive. The Commonwealth police are on the hunt, determined to sterilize all traces of the Bohr Maker before it can be copied and spread throughout the population.Together, Phousita and Nikko must evade a ruthless pursuit, both to preserve their own lives and to save the Bohr Maker, which holds the promise of re-defining humanity-for good or for ill.The Nanotech Succession is a collection of stand-alone novels exploring the rise of nanotechnology and the strange and fascinating future that follows.

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