Required Reading for the Nano Age
This amazing novel addresses the potential uses and problems of rapidly advancing nanotechnology, as well as molding a heroine for the disenfranchised. A young girl from the ghetto discovers a primer, operated by the magic of nanotechnology, designed to train a girl from an elite community in logic and leadership. Stephenson, a master of historical fiction as well, predicts the future of gated housing developments: enclaves, private mini-countries with their own law. The poor girl's destiny is riveting, as is the world he creates.