I read (the beginning) of a short story about a man who invented nanobots. He went into a radioactive room (nuclear reactor) where he trapped himself and started reading a book.

It may have been a short story written by Isaac Asimov, but I am not sure.

As far as I can remember, it was in a collection of short stories. I also remember that during that time, I read Asimov's Science Fiction. It was supposed to be continued on the next volume, but I did not find that volume.

I read that sometime between 1988 and 1992... but it was a bit older, when I read it.

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    Can you remember any extra details? Any character names or any more plot elements? – Edlothiad Jun 14 '17 at 8:28
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  • @Edlothiad, I can not remember much more.... I wasn't able to finish reading it, as I could not find the next volume. I will read up on the guide, and see what I can remember. Thank you for your comments. – azuer88 Jun 15 '17 at 1:54

I do not have firm proof of the scene you mentioned, but "The Washer at the Ford" by Michael Flynn is about a group of scientists developing a nanotech protection from radiation and then debating the ethics of releasing it, namely about how the government might twist it, and the comment about the book sounds vaguely familiar. I don't know if it would help, but the phrase that stuck out in my memory involved a variation of "don't let the door hit you in the ass as you leave" by one of the scientists with the addition of a mention of the doorknob reaming them on their way.

I read it in The Nanotech Chronicles, but the ISFDB entry lists a few dated anthologies. The other big catch is that it's at the upper range of your dates, as it was first serialized in 1989 in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 1989 & July 1989. user14111 was kind enough to provide a cover image, seen below, which shows the researcher reading a book in the reactor:

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 1989 cover

  • I firmly believe that this is the story I read. I will try to get me a copy and read it again. Thank you so much, @FuzzyBoots – azuer88 Jun 15 '17 at 2:02
  • @azuer88: :) Well, as you can see through the link, I was the one asking after The Nanotech Chronicles a while back. – FuzzyBoots Jun 15 '17 at 2:21

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