I am looking for the book title (perhaps it was a short novel, my memory here is cloudy) in which the main hero was wanted by law enforcement and there have been flying police robots / drones who scanned the city.

In the same book, there was a story about a high-caste of people who have been creating new continents and islands.

  • Are you sure this was a single novel and not an anthology?
    – Spencer
    Aug 7 at 19:01
  • @Spencer unfortunately, I am not sure at all. It might have been either. Aug 7 at 19:05

1 Answer 1


You haven't given much detail, but the little you have given matches the novel The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.

One of the main plots in the story has Nell, a girl under 10 years old, and her older brother Harv, hiding in a park from hovering robots that prevent homeless people from camping there. This is on an island grown using nanotechnological methods by a phyle (much like a tribe or a nation/state) named New Atlantis, who are relatively wealthy and who style their society after Victorian England.

  • 1
    Hi and welcome! Great first answer! Please do stay a while, and take the tour. Share and enjoy!
    – AncientSwordRage
    Aug 7 at 23:43
  • 2
    @Sotto Voce, I don't know how much I could thank you - this is exactly it! Aug 8 at 6:22
  • 3
    That's amazing, getting this from as little you had to go on. I've read the same book, but wouldn't have thought of it. Great job!
    – SQB
    Aug 8 at 9:38
  • 1
    "high-caste of people who have been creating new continents and islands" was enough; but you beat me to it.
    – fectin
    Aug 8 at 17:20

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.