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  •  Aargh! (1+ / 0-)
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    Stwriley

    No, I haven't read it.

    When I was writing the original blog post, thinking I was so clever and original, I came across "Smart Dust", an idea which has been around for years. That might predate the Stephenson book, but I don't know.

    •  Sorry David... (0+ / 0-)

      I hate to be the bearer of unpleasant news, but it was the first thing I thought of when I read that part of the diary. If it's any comfort, I'll tell you that in Stephenson's novel this is a secondary plot device. The real focus is on another kind of nano-tech device that is blood-borne like a virus (indeed, it's basically a mechanical virus that is engaged in running a kind of vast distributed computer program, though in some pretty bizarre ways) and that has nothing to do with surveillance. So you may not be in a bad place with your own novel, especially since Stephanson's ideas depend on a highly advanced nano-fabrication infrastructure in order to work (i.e., almost everything in his future world, even most food, is produced by nano-tech construction from feedstocks of basic elements, themselves harvested from nature by other nano-tech means.)

      I do hope you don't abandon this idea or change it too much as a result of this; it actually sounds like a novel I'd like to read and one that could focus attention on these issues we all care about as well.

      Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

      by Stwriley on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:19:34 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, Stwriley. (1+ / 0-)
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        It's non-fiction. I don't think I'm going to change it, now that it's finally done.

        Right now, I'm itching to get back to fiction.

        •  Excellent! (0+ / 0-)

          And, of course, being non-fiction (don't know how I got the idea it was fiction, as I read back over the diary) you're gold. I just went to your page on the book and I'll be buying it from Smashwords ASAP.

          By the way, you might want to check out Stephenson's early novels anyway, they're great reads and he takes a lot of interest in issues like privacy, control, communications and a person's place in in preserving and defending rights and autonomy.

          I'd suggest his second and third novels as his best: Snowcrash and The Diamond Age.

          Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

          by Stwriley on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:34:31 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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            Stwriley

            When I was a teenager, I used to buy every new sf book that came out. That was in the late 1950s, when it was still possible to do that.

            Some time after I started getting published myself, I fell way behind and then pretty much stopped reading current sf novels. I know I missed a lot of great ones.

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