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In this book there is a female engineer who uses 3 types of robots to do a lot of the maintenance. The type that interests me is "worm". These robots could join together into a longer links for cooperation for a specific task.

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  • Could it be Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson? – TGnat Sep 21 at 12:20
  • @TGnat, a very definite possibility. I'll try to re-read or find searchable text... – gene Sep 21 at 14:33
  • Yes, the question is about the same book, but points of interest are very different. As are the reasons for the answer. Therefore I do not think it is strictly is a duplicate ON THIS SE site. – gene Sep 23 at 3:50
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female engineer who uses 3 types of robots

In Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, Dinah MacQuarie is stationed on the International Space Station, and in charge of four types of robots: Grabbs, Siwis, Buckies, and Nats. The Siwis may be what you're referring to as a worm:

"The Siwi is adapted from a robot that was made for exploring collapsed buildings. Which in turn was obviously adapted from a snake."

"A sidewinder, presumably, given the name."

Dinah's coworker Rhys Aitken goes into abstract theory of how chains can be made to behave in zero gravity, at a time when Dinah is trying to hook onto someone with her robots:

"Oh, no. I see your point. Rather than trying to control the Siwi chain, like a tentacle, all clenching muscles, let it relax and whip around the Luk like a smart chain."

Rhys later extends this to other types of robot:

...he had begun tinkering with surplus Nats.... He had turned them into a new kind of robot that he dubbed the Flynk, or flying link, and taught them to be really good at forming themselves up into chains and then doing the sorts of maneuvers in space that [predecessors] could only have dreamed about.

By the end of the book, smart chains of all sorts exist - large enough to launch aircraft, small enough to act as man-portable armor and weapons systems.

  • that is it. Accepted. Thanks. Next time I am getting ebook - so that I can search through it quickly. – gene Sep 21 at 16:39
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    @gene I have two hardcover copies and the eBook - and yes, it's faster to find things with the eBook. – gowenfawr Sep 21 at 16:40

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