Prey

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Harper Collins, Nov 11, 2003 - Fiction - 507 pages
33 Reviews

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horriblywrong. A cloud of nanoparticles -- micro-robots -- has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolvingswiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

 

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User Review  - Jennifer Fletcher - Goodreads

This is the first of Michael Crichton books that I have read. It was a pretty easy read all about the idea of artificial intelligence. I can't say that I didn't like the book but I also can't say that it was one of my favorites. It definitely was intriguing and an interesting idea for a book. Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

Part sci-fi, part potential pre-apocalypse. If that is even possible.I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the stay at home dad vs. stay at home mom. Actually, I enjoyed the first part of the book, much ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
37
Section 4
60
Section 5
83
Section 6
99
Section 7
132
Section 8
143
Section 19
323
Section 20
339
Section 21
356
Section 22
364
Section 23
376
Section 24
394
Section 25
411
Section 26
426

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
210
Section 13
235
Section 14
246
Section 15
256
Section 16
264
Section 17
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Section 18
305
Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Page xi - Within fifty to a hundred years a new class of organisms is likely to emerge. These organisms will be artificial in the sense that they will originally be designed by humans. However, they will reproduce, and will evolve into something other than their initial form; they will be alive under any reasonable definition of the word.
Page xiv - Expression of mouse interleukin-4 by a recombinant ectromelia virus suppresses cytolytic lymphocyte responses and overcomes genetic resistance to mousepox.
Page xv - Sometime in the twenty-first century, our self-deluded recklessness will collide with our growing technological power. One area where this will occur is in the meeting point of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and computer technology. What all three have in common is the ability to release self-replicating entities into the environment.
Page xi - ... organisms, since their reproduction will be under at least partial conscious control, giving it a Lamarckian component. The pace of evolutionary change consequently will be extremely rapid. The advent of artificial life will be the most significant historical event since the emergence of human beings. The impact on humanity and the biosphere could be enormous, larger than the industrial revolution, nuclear weapons, or environmental pollution. We must take steps now to shape the emergence of artificial...
Page 362 - body" is really the combination of all these organ swarms. We think our bodies are solid, but that's only because we can't see what is going on at the cellular level. If you could enlarge the human body, blow it up to a vast size, you would see that it was literally nothing but a swirling mass of cells and atoms, clustered together into smaller swirls of cells and atoms. Who cares? Well, it turns out a lot of processing occurs at the level of the organs. Human behavior is determined in many places....
Page 505 - Jean-Louis Deneubourg, Nigel R. Franks, James Sneyd, Guy Theraulaz, and Eric Bonabeau. Self-Organization in Biological Systems. Princeton, NJ: Princeton, 2001. See especially chapter 19. Caro, TM, and Clare D. Fitzgibbon. "Large Carnivores and Their Prey," in Crawley, Natural Enemies, 1992.
Page 24 - She put her arms around me and rested her head on my shoulder. "Thank you, Polly. God, when I think of that first week I just wasted...
Page 109 - The human brain is the most complicated structure in the known universe — but as practically nothing of the universe is known, it is probably fairly low in the scale of organic computers. Nevertheless, it contains powers and potentialities still largely untapped, and perhaps unguessed at.
Page xv - We think we know what we are doing. We have always thought so. We never seem to acknowledge that we have been wrong in the past, and so might be wrong in the future. Instead, each generation writes off earlier errors as the result of bad thinking by less able minds — and then confidently embarks on fresh errors of its own.
Page 345 - The hell with it, I thought. I crumpled up the sheet of paper, and tossed it in the wastebasket. However this problem got solved, it wasn't going to be with computer code. That much was clear.

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Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of his death in 2008, Crichton was well into the writing of Micro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Richard Preston is the internationally bestselling author of eight books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.

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