By Jeff Carlson
(Ace, Mass Market Paperback, 9780441015146, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 31, 2007
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The nanotechnology was designed to fight cancer. Instead, it evolved into the Machine Plague, killing nearly five billion people and changing life on Earth forever.
The nanotech has one weakness: it self-destructs at altitudes above ten thousand feet. Those few who've managed to escape the plague struggle to stay alive on the highest mountains, but time is running out-there is famine and war, and the environment is crashing worldwide. Humanity's last hope lies with a top nanotech researcher aboard the International Space Station-and with a small group of survivors in California who risk a daring journey below the death line...
Jeff Carlson's short fiction has appeared in venues such as Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Fantastic Stories, and Writers of the Future XXIII. Plague Year is his first novel. He lives with his wife and sons in California.
"Carlson has crafted an exceptional, gripping debut that exposes the worst and best of humanity while maintaining a constant tension level that will keep the pages turning to the very end. The personal and political machinations are credible, the characters are well developed and the climax satisfying. This apocalyptic view of nanotechnology provides plenty to think about."
"An epic of apocalyptic fiction: harrowing, heartfelt and rock-hard realistic. A cautionary tale. Not to be missed." -James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain "Part Michael Crichton, part George Romero, Jeff Carlson's Plague Year is deft and compelling, full of high-altitude chills." -E. E. Knight, national bestselling author of Valentine's Exile "Frightening, plausible and action-packed, Plague Year is one of the best debut novels in years...Jeff Carlson packs riveting storytelling with a lot of fresh ideas." -David Brin, New York Times bestselling author of Kiln People "A grim and fascinating new twist on the post-holocaust story, unlike anything I've read before." -Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling co-author of Hunters of Dune "Jeff Carlson is a terrific writer and Plague Year is a marvelous book, full of memorable characters, white-knuckle scenes, and big ideas. Get in on the ground floor with this exciting new author." -Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Rollback "Plague Year proposes a frightening new nanotech catastrophe, and uses it as a crucible to explore the best and worst of human nature. Tightly written and well-told." -Robert Charles Wilson, Hugo and Aurora Award-winning author of Axis and Spin