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Title:
Micro : a novel
ISBN:
9780060873028

9780062091413

9781443406406

9780060873080

9780007350032
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper, ©2011.
Physical Description:
xiii, 429 pages : maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Maps on lining papers.
Summary:
Three men are found dead in the locked second floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except ultra-fine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly unrecognizable to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, an advance in micro-robotics has put unheard-of resources at the fingertips of science; trillions of previously unknown micro-organisms, tens of thousands of species of bacteria, are being discovered, feeding a search for new life-saving drugs and profitable applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, a group of graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited to work at a cutting-edge microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies' exploratory work is conducted under a veil of secrecy and promises the young researchers the chance to wield unprecedented new tools at the limits of scientific discovery. To participate they must commit now and come to Hawaii, or be left behind and watch their peers reap the rewards. But when the true costs of Nanigen's innovations are revealed in Oahu, the graduate students find themselves cast out of the stable certainties of the lab, thrust into a hostile wilderness, prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades 9-12 5.7 13 Quiz 136617 English fiction.
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In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high conceptthriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for amysterious biotech company--only to find themselves cast out into the rainforest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. Aninstant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintageCrichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, thisboundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction tocreate yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.


Author Notes

John Michael Crichton, known as Michael Crichton, was born on October 28, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He wrote novels while attending Harvard University and Harvard Medical School to help pay the tuition. One of these, The Andromeda Strain, which was published in 1969, became a bestseller. After graduating summa cum laude, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute in California before becoming a full-time writer and film director.

His carefully researched novels included Eaters of the Dead, The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, The Lost World, Airframe, and Micro. He also wrote non-fiction works including Five Patients: The Hospital Explained, Jasper Johns, and Travels. In the late 1960s, he also wrote under the pen names Jeffrey Hudson and John Lange. He has received several awards including Writer of the Year in 1970 from the Association of American Medical Writers and two Edgar Awards in 1968 and in 1979.

Many of his novels have been made into highly successful films, six of which he directed. He was also the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning television series ER. In addition to his writing and directorial success, his expertise in information science enabled him to run a software company and develop a computer game. He died of cancer on November 4, 2008 at the age of 66.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Unfinished at the time of his death and later completed by Preston, Crichton's last book receives serviceable narration from John Bedford Lloyd. Hawaii-based microtechnology company Nanigen has developed the ability to shrink objects-and people-and the megalomaniac head of the company, Vin Drake, sees the potential to make billions of dollars. But when one of Drake's executives, Eric Jansen, threatens his boss's plans, he suddenly goes missing and is presumed dead. When Eric's brother, Peter, arrives-along with six fellow graduate students-and begins to ask questions, Drake shrinks them and leaves them to die in the Hawaiian rain forest. What follows is a nonstop fight for survival in the micro-world, where insects are as big as cars, bats the size of airplanes, and everything is hungry. Lloyd's performance is uneven but enjoyable. With his deep, well-modulated voice, he certainly narrates clearly and with good vocal intonation. But at times, he sounds unprepared and his performance flat. A HarperLuxe paperback. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

After Crichton's death in November 2008, Preston (The Hot Zone) was drafted to complete the work Crichton had begun on this novel. The setting: Hawaii. The characters: graduate students at a biotech company who get dumped into the rain forest and must use their science smarts to survive. Preston sounds like a good matchup with the author of Jurassic Park, and fans of both authors will want this. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.