It's 2052 and nanites are everywhere. . .and in everyone. Nanotechnologist Toby Gyler discovers that a former genius-of-an-employee has created nanites that can make physiological changes in humans on a cellular level. The consequences are primarily beneficial - more healing and reverse aging - but the genius-of-an-employee does have a political and social agenda. Meanwhile, in space, a nanotechnology experiment launched a generation prior is returning to Earth with a "dinosaur-killing" size of an asteroid that is on a collision course with the planet. Toby, along with rocket scientist May Wyndham, searches for a way to prevent the destruction of humanity as the asteroid is only days away from reaching Earth. This is a novel full of wonderfully obscure cultural references (Dr. Bombay) and names (Yellowhorse) with hidden meanings. Propel yourself in the race to save humans from going the way of the dinosaurs or possibly becoming female teenagers.— From Adrean Darce Brent
"The Goliath Stone "is a visionary new tale from Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington.
Doctor Toby Glyer has effected miracle cures with the use of nanotechnology. But Glyer's controversial nanites are more than just the latest technological advance, they are a new form of life and they have more uses than just medical. Glyer's nanites also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids.
Twenty-five years ago, the Briareus mission took nanomachinery out to divert an Earth-crossing asteroid and bring it back to be mined, only to drop out of contact as soon as it reached its target. The project was shut down and the technology was forcibly suppressed.
Now, a much, much larger asteroid is on a collision course with Earth and the Briareus nanites may be responsible. While the government scrambles to find a solution, Glyer knows that their only hope of avoiding Armageddon lies in the nanites themselves. On the run, Glyer must track down his old partner, William Connors, and find a way to make contact with their wayward children.
As every parent learns, when you produce a new thinking being, the plans it makes are not necessarily your plans. But with a two-hundred-gigaton asteroid that rivals the rock that felled the dinosaurs hurtling toward Earth, Glyer and Connors don't have time to argue. Will Glyer's nanites be Earth's salvation or destruction?
“Who knew nanotechnology could be this much fun? The Goliath Stone is a fast read, filled with fascinating characters and mind-bending concepts. I should have worn a crash helmet.”
—Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Exit Plan
“The Goliath Stone takes a giant step beyond Lucifer’s Hammer into a future so brilliantly rendered that it feels shockingly real. This stunning book is Niven at the absolute top of his game, a sure-fire award-winner and fan pleaser. First-class reading pleasure.”
—Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author of The Grays
“Niven is a galaxy-class storyteller.”