History Literature / Prey

3rd Jan '15 2:24:07 PM nombretomado
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''Prey'' is a 2002 sci-fi thriller novel by MichaelCrichton, this time centering around {{Nanomachines}} that have gone wildly out of control and threaten lives, and the main characters must prevent them from getting any more out-of-hand. As is typical for Crichton, [[ShownTheirWork he goes into]] great detail on the technical aspects of the nanotech; mostly, in this case, computer programmming and evolutionary theory.
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''Prey'' is a 2002 sci-fi thriller novel by MichaelCrichton, Creator/MichaelCrichton, this time centering around {{Nanomachines}} that have gone wildly out of control and threaten lives, and the main characters must prevent them from getting any more out-of-hand. As is typical for Crichton, [[ShownTheirWork he goes into]] great detail on the technical aspects of the nanotech; mostly, in this case, computer programmming and evolutionary theory.

* ShownTheirWork: It's MichaelCrichton. The fact that it is impossible to quickly build several billion nanobots individually (the "build-time problem") is directly addressed, for one.
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* ShownTheirWork: It's MichaelCrichton.Creator/MichaelCrichton. The fact that it is impossible to quickly build several billion nanobots individually (the "build-time problem") is directly addressed, for one.
10th Oct '14 12:15:11 PM MauiWowie
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10th Oct '14 12:09:25 PM MauiWowie
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* TheyLookLikeUsNow: The swarms eventually begin to imitate human forms, implied to be random behavior as part of their learning algorithms. They accomplish this by carefully arranging themselves and aligning their solar panels, reflecting light into the images they need.
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* TheyLookLikeUsNow: The swarms eventually begin to imitate human forms, implied to be random behavior as part of their learning algorithms. from animals who use mimicry to lure prey near them or to scare off predators. They accomplish this by carefully arranging themselves into humanoid shapes, and aligning their solar panels, reflecting light into the images they need.need. [[spoiler:Later, another variant of the swarm can mimic humans somewhat perfectly, but only to taunt our hero.]]
10th Oct '14 12:07:04 PM MauiWowie
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* PuppeteerParasite: [[spoiler:It's not entirely clear how much control the infector swarms have over their human hosts, nor how intelligent they are. They seem to be accessing their host's memories and directing their actions to some extent, but the hosts are implied to have at least some measure of free will left.]]
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* PuppeteerParasite: [[spoiler:It's not entirely clear how much control the infector swarms have over their human hosts, nor how intelligent they are. They seem to be accessing their host's memories and directing their actions to some extent, but the hosts are implied to have at least some measure of free will left.left - hence the hosts' apparent willingness in spreading the nanotech to dominate the world.]]
14th Apr '14 3:36:15 PM tabormallory
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Added a new example, "Hollywood Science".
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*HollywoodScience: The thermite charges used by the protagonists explode violently when ignited, much like a grenade. In RealLife, however, thermite actually burns relatively calmly.
14th Apr '14 3:30:46 PM tabormallory
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Edited some awkward phrasing in "Science Is Bad".
* ScienceIsBad: Averted. The book mentions the numerous very useful, revolutionary technologies that could come about with nanotech. It also stresses that the technology is also very dangerous, and should be handled cautiously. The company in the novel just did some incredibly ''stupid'' things, which is why the danger happens.
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* ScienceIsBad: Averted. The book mentions the numerous very useful, revolutionary technologies that could come about with nanotech. It also stresses that the technology is also very incredibly dangerous, and should be handled cautiously. The company in the novel just did some incredibly ''stupid'' things, which is why what kickstarts the danger happens.plot.
14th Apr '14 3:25:45 PM tabormallory
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* BookEnds: The first and last scenes of the book are nearly identical, word for word. [[spoiler:At the beginning, the scene sounds like everything has GoneHorriblyWrong. At the end, however, the reader knows enough that the same scene is actually a BittersweetEnding.]]
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* BookEnds: The first and last scenes of the book are nearly identical, word for word. [[spoiler:At the beginning, the scene sounds like everything has GoneHorriblyWrong. At the end, however, the reader knows enough that the same scene they read on the first page is actually a BittersweetEnding.]]
14th Apr '14 3:24:55 PM tabormallory
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Added a "Book Ends" example.
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* BookEnds: The first and last scenes of the book are nearly identical, word for word. [[spoiler:At the beginning, the scene sounds like everything has GoneHorriblyWrong. At the end, however, the reader knows enough that the same scene is actually a BittersweetEnding.]]
23rd Feb '14 11:34:56 PM EKonoMai
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** While he gets some of the wider strokes relatively accurate, he unfortunately gets virtually everything else detailed about nanotech wrong. For MichaelCrichton, it's remarkably shoddy preparation.
19th Oct '13 7:27:08 PM ledge
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** While he gets some of the wider strokes relatively accurate, he unfortunately gets virtually everything else detailed about nanotech wrong. For MichaelCrichton, it's remarkably shoddy preparation.
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