Questions tagged [nanotechnology]

For questions about "nanotechnology", the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. A common trope in science fiction works set in the future.

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What's the first appearance of monomolecular wire or nanofilament (extremely thin, superstrong, hence cuts almost anything)?

There's a pivotal scene in Larry Niven's short story, "The Borderland of Sol" in which Beowulf Shaeffer uses a length of Sinclair monofilament -- a monomolecular wire as strong as molecular ...
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Short story about aliens who want to trade items for information, stories, jokes etc

So the aliens sent down pods, maybe they were phones, requesting info and would give you things in return. I remember a guy asked for a device that could make anything you want using nanotechnology. ...
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Are there signs that the Matrix holds any technological resemblance to out-of-universe computers?

I've read on several occasions here a tendency to assume that the Matrix as a technology is operated much like out-of-universe (i.e. "our world") computers: Assuming the Matrix runs in a ...
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A novel about a police operation in a future with nanotechnology

I read a story years ago (1990s perhaps) about police work in the future. I don't remember the title or author, but the main character was a policewoman. The climax of the story was a major police ...
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What caused the Melding Plague in Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space universe?

I'm looking for information on the origins/causes of the Melding Plague. Is the specific cause in the books (and I just missed it) ? Is there any other information from Reynolds (interviews, short-...
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Book that involves sentient nanotechnology integrating itself as a "digital assistant" in nine people

I can't quite place the name of this book. I thought it was The Gift, but I was wrong. The book was in English and I don't remember the year. I feel like saying more recently, circa 2017? Basically ...
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Borg nanites prior to First Contact and "Scorpion"

Are there any references, either in the official canon or in the Extended Universe, to Borg nanites and/or nanoprobes prior to First Contact and the Voyager two-parter "Scorpion"? During TNG, the ...
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Why was Darth Vader given a downgraded version of General Grievous's mechanics?

Darth Vader was given obsolete technology for his suit, as can be seen in this question. It seems odd that he wouldn't have been given similar technology. Why was this done?
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What does the term 'serum' refer to in science fiction stories? [closed]

Most definitions say that it is a component of blood that has been in a centrifuge, but I haven't seen any definitions that is associated with sci-fi. I often came across this word when people talk ...
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Novel about a man subject to nanotech experiments who ends up with an advanced starship

Looking for the title of a full length novel. The main character was in a research station and was subject of nanotech experiments that could cause deformity and death. He escapes and ends up with an ...
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Sci-fi story about cubes/threads attracted to sentient beings that entangle/kill them

I read this science-fiction story probably about a decade ago. I vaguely remember the cover featuring a pink cube. Plot points: There's a sort of environmental threat of weird never-fully-...
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Novel with nanotech, a utopia isolated from grey goo, and an AI in the protagonist's head

The only reason I even remembered the plot was due to the nanite use. I don't think the plot is very original and is similar to at least a dozen other books written in the last 10 years, but I figured ...
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Looking for a science fiction story collection about nanotechnology — included a story about anti-graffiti paint

I remember reading it while in middle school in English in the United States, so the latest it would have come out was 1998. I don't remember if it was all one author, or even the same universe. These ...
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In Stargate: Atlantis episode Lifeline (S4E02), why doesn't the anti-replicator field affect Elizabeth Weir?

Her nanites ought to have been disabled by the field, why wasn't she affected? Is there an in-universe explanation that I missed?
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Book about a man abducted by aliens and steals their ship

I read this a long time ago when I was young. I read it on my dad's kindle and have no idea what the title could be. I believe it was about a man that was abducted by an alien ship and woke up after ...
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Book with nano/biotech, maze/labyrinth, prisoners

I'm looking for some help identifying a book I read 10 - 15 years ago. I know this is probably a long shot, but extensive keyword searching Google bears no fruit. The story is about a group of ...
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Book - Three teenagers find a spaceship and gain powers from headsets in it

I’ve tried to search for this book using keywords and quotes on Google, but I couldn’t find it. In this book, three teenagers, a boy and two girls, find a lost spaceship that was camouflaging itself. ...
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Novel with an enemy Captain of a ship that has nanotech that causes his fingers to endlessly bifurcate

I was reading Novel about an AI (robot) becoming more human than the owner and the mention of probes that subdivided made me remember a paperback I read, I think on the early 2000s, maybe as a ...
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Story about glass particles with memory

I'm looking for a story I read about 40 years ago in which there is memory retaining glass... At first people place sheets of the glass in lovely places, so that it can be fitted into a window frame ...
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Title of story about Nanobots causing a nuclear apocalypse

I read a short story that was part of a series within the last three years. I think it was published then. I remember really enjoying it and I wanted to read more but I can't remember the title of it ...
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How smart are Borg nanoprobes?

By this I mean the following aspects of the same question: Can an individual nanoprobe act intelligently? Can a collection of nanoprobes (say in the same host) communicate with each other and act ...
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Book involving Alien Invasion, enslavement of human race

I know the details of the book well enough, but I can't remember the title or series title for the life of me. It is recent (Post 2008 or so). YA sci-fi. Set in the UK at modern times. Book one, kid ...
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What is this book? Nanotechnology from the Moon destroying the world's technology

A friend of mine recently highly praised a Sci-Fi book he read, but could not recall the author/title since he read it a while back. He did provide many details but apparently not enough for my ...
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Trying to find a story about a woman and her story with nanotechnology

The plot its around a woman. She had a husband who was a scientist. He always told her stories about the future and their technology. She doesn't care much about it. I don't remember why but the man ...
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Story about a man bringing nanomachines from the future to save his lover [duplicate]

Many years ago I read a short (?) sci-fi story that I've since lost track of. Here's what I remember: A man came from the future, met a girl, fell in love, told her he was from the future and (not ...
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Scifi novel. Colony on the moon, nanotech, sex changing journalist main character

I read a book years ago about a colony on the moon. Nanotechnology played a huge part in the story. No, it wasn't either of the Ben Bova moon books. In this one, the main character (and almost all the ...
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Short story about aliens who use technology to surpass psychic abilities

I seem to remember the story being named "Limiting Factor", but the descriptions do not match. Earth explorers find a planet where here are crocodile-like beings lazing in a sunny swamp. Suddenly a ...
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Novel called "(Something) World". Nanotechnology / world-wide speed limit displayed in the sky, enforced by satelite weapons

The protagonist awakes to find himself with amnesia, and the story is his journey to self-discovery. Two features of the story are nanotechnology in his body, and a world-wide speed limit, displayed ...
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What happened to Wesley's nanites?

In ST:TNG episode "Evolution", we see that Wesley's nanites are dropped off on Kavis Alpha IV. Do we ever hear of these particular species of nanites ever again (perhaps in sources other than the TV ...
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Can anyone tell me title or author of following story?

Can anyone tell me the title. Starts with hikers finding a cinder cone peak where none had existed previously in Death Valley. Aliens had landed nano machines which had spread and started to ...
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Story about curing poverty by injecting the poor with nanotechnology?

This was probably an Analog short story. Plot involved infecting the dregs of society with nanotech that gave them motivation and valuable skills. There was an essential ethical component to this ...
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old woman, nanobots, crosslinked noodles, genetically engineered dog in a vest delivering a message

Book is similar in style and elements to "The Diamond Age". World demographics are mostly "old women". They hold most of the wealth and most of the political power. Young people have a hard time ...
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Book about nano-particles and enhanced soldiers

The book is about nano-technology. The people were practically immortal because they were enhanced with nano particles. There was a girl who was the slave of a billionaire and was known as his black/...
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A person contracts a biological pathogen that is collectively intelligent, forming a symbiosis [duplicate]

Trying to identify a story where: A person (man/woman?) somehow contracts a pathogen that leans to communicate with him. The pathogen is something like an amoeba. the person is hunted by others ...
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What was the earliest science fiction story to use nanotechnology?

What was the first use of nanotechnology in a science fiction story? Richard Feynman gave a lecture "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" in 1959 which defined many of the concepts of the technology,...
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Book where everyone but one man had genetic modification

I remember, at some point, reading a book that I believe was a part of a short series. It was about a time when nearly everyone had some level of genetic modification, and one man for some reason or ...
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War with remotely piloted micro-machines

While waiting to get onto a computer booked at the local library about 2 years ago, I picked up a sci-fi novel whose name and author I cannot recall and began reading. Elements of the opening part of ...
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Book about a teacher that is infected by a students father with nanobots, then has to escape because his people kill anyone with nanobots

I read it around 2002. The man lived in a community that was very old world and when he was infected with the nanobots it meant he would be killed. While escaping, his wife is killed. When he ran away ...
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What's the title of a book about a startup which writes bioware for eyes?

Please identify this book where the protagonist is a programmer who writes software/bioware for eyes. His startup company is working on a newer version of the bioware and is in a race with the ...
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Is the digital series H+ based on any popular fiction work?

I have been following digital series H+ on YouTube. Was wondering if it is loosely based on (or inspired by) any existing Sci-fi work. Any pointers towards similar sci-fi will be appreciated. IMDB ...
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Story involving a Nanotechnology breakdown

I am looking for a book that I read awhile ago but can't remember the name or author. The storyline is basically as follows: Nanotechnology is taking over the world and the rich are basically ...
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Looking for the title of a book about a ships crew altering themselves as needed through nanomachines

I can't remember many details as I read the book 6-7 years ago, but I recall that the crew would lie down in a tub filled with nanomachines and be transformed when they awoke.
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Looking for title of book about a man with nanomachines in blood

Back in the 90's I read a book and I have not been able to remember an author or a title, numerous searches have also found nothing. I can only remember random details about the book. It is about a ...
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grey goo planet which assimilates tech and spreads through the galaxy

I read this short story a while back about this grey goo planet, figured one of you might have happened upon it. starts off with a space fleet investigating a planet grey, completely spherical, ...
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Book series with an astronomer exploring a golden egg shaped spaceship in Earth orbit [duplicate]

So when I was younger I got a series of books involving an astronomer with Kung fu abilities who discovers a rogue object orbiting Jupiter. Next, he and his team figure out that it has left Jupiter's ...
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Story Identification - sci fi novel with nanotech [closed]

It takes place in a desert city (Mojave, I think) - there is nanotech, a fair amount of dystopia, genetic modification, and I think someone sprouts wings in the end...kind of cyberpunk-ish.
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Book where a nanotech suit doubles as a spaceship and the hero is cast out of society

I remember in the book the hero lives in a world where nano-technology is widely used. He himself comes into possession of a nano-tech suit that plays the role of body armor, and (I think) even a ...
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Why was Seed being developed instead of iterative building on an existing solution?

Why they built a seed technology for "open source nanotechnology" instead of iterative building on feed lines? The iterative build seems to be quite simple: Establish healthy community of open feed ...