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summer. You're outside at a barbeque or at a ballgame. You're annoyed,
and distracted by a pesky mosquito---should you worry about West Nile virus?
Maybe you've experienced having
a wasp chase you, or worse yet, remember the feeling of gnats-no-see-ums-swarm
around your eyes, ears, mouth, face---YUK!
Jack Forman is a techie who
used to program---that is, train-computers to solve problems by imitating
the cooperative attack behavior of wild animals, like packs of wolves.
Now he finds himself, his wife,
and other co-workers threatened by a nanotechnology out of control. A swarm
of miniaturized, microscopic, and self-replicating machines has escaped
the lab and attacks these scientists who created them.
Does the swarm think with a
collective intelligence? It seems to be learning from its experiences.
Can the predator be captured? Controlled? Destroyed?
Who is behind this threat?
Does it matter?
Marge Erickson Freeburn for
Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award