The best nanotechnology books

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The Punch Escrow

By Tal M. Klein,

Book cover of The Punch Escrow

I adored this fast-paced near-future dystopian book by debut author Tal M. Klein. Prepare to be thrown into an innovative world where teleportation is the primary means of travel, and people don't think twice before taking advantage of this convenience. Though, as we soon find out, maybe they should. 

There are so many fun tidbits in this novel such as nanotechnology and genetically engineered mosquitoes that help clean the air. You'll also find plenty of nostalgic references for fans of books such as Ready Player One. Prepare for engaging characters, unique worldbuilding, thought-provoking philosophical questions, and plenty of twists to keep you guessing.

Who am I?

I love dystopian novels because they allow us to explore our fears and follow those pesky what-ifs floating around our heads to their most extreme conclusions. Often, when I talk to people about dystopian literature, their minds go straight to the classics such as 1984, The Handmaid's Tale, or Fahrenheit 451. While these are timeless and amazing books, there have been so many ground-breaking dystopian novels written in the past five years that you won't want to miss.

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The Seclusion

By Jacqui Castle,

Book cover of The Seclusion

What is my book about?

"...a dystopian drama that shows the grim rise of totalitarianism with scenes that echo today's headlines. 
The author has crafted an intricately detailed world. Intriguing and surprising supporting characters give depth to a somber story that begs for a sequel. ­Verdict: A must-have for all libraries and fans of ­sci-fi." 
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By Jess Wade, Melissa Castrillón (illustrator),

Book cover of Nano: The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small

Quantum physics is mind-blowing. Everything in the world is made of subatomic particles that don’t behave like we’d expect them too! This book breaks down complicated concepts with well-organized chunks of texts and very cool illustrations that all help us make sense of the parts of the world that are too tiny to see.

Who am I?

I have always been fascinated by how the world works. What gives gravity so much power? Why is it easier to lift things with levers and pulleys? Why do we have electricity inside of our own bodies?! The world is amazing. My job editing nonfiction books for kids puts me on the front lines of some of the smartest science writing out there. While I had no hand in the making of the following five picture books about physics, they are still some of my favorites because of the way they peel back the mysterious layers of the world to show us the science hidden in our daily lives.

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Forces: Physical Science for Kids

By Andi Diehn, Hui Li (illustrator),

Book cover of Forces: Physical Science for Kids

What is my book about?

What keeps us stuck on the ground? What makes magnets come together? What makes one team win during a game of tug of war? Forces!

In Forces: Physical Science for Kids, kids ages 5 to 8 are encouraged to observe and consider the different forces they encounter on a daily basis. Young readers develop a fundamental understanding of physical science and are impressed with the idea that science is a constant part of our lives and not limited to classrooms and laboratories. Simple vocabulary, detailed illustrations, easy science experiments, and a glossary all support exciting learning for kids ages 5 to 8. Perfect for beginner readers or as a read-aloud nonfiction picture book!

The Diamond Age

By Neal Stephenson,

Book cover of The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

As one of the founding fathers of Nanopunk, Neal Stephenson’s writings form a straightforward bridge between Postcyberpunk and Neon Science-Fiction. His novel is a collection of exotic technologies like matter compilers, smart paper, immunity-enhancing particles, and foldable transportable mech-horses. Eventually, I found myself inspired to create exotic tech of my own (e.g. foods, arts, weapons, and technologies fully based on “Dark”, an unconstructed area of “empty space” featured somewhat heavily in my neon sci-fi novel). Stephenson’s novel also depicts an extremely globalized future, founded on molecular nanotech, rapidly assembled usable goods, and socio-cultural division. The title’s allusion to a “Diamond Age” fully based on nanotechnology (diamonds can be assembled from individual carbon atoms) is a complex commentary on economics and how an object loses its value through mass production.

Who am I?

After experimenting with fictional digitized worlds for the greater part of a decade, my writing journey has led me to discover a new, never-before-tried flavour of science fiction. My name is Louise Blackwick and I am the creator of Neon Science-Fiction – a subgenre of sci-fi that combines stylistic, thematic, and aesthetic elements of Post-Cyberpunk, Cyber noir, and Nanopunk. The reading list I compiled includes five science fiction stories that both influenced and facilitated the birth of this fresh and hopefully thought-provoking new genre. I hope Neon Sci-Fi can be a stimulating new addition for science fiction readers and authors alike.

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5 Stars

By Louise Blackwick,

Book cover of 5 Stars

What is my book about?

Five days before the inevitable end of humanity, five unlikely heroes find themselves on an impossible quest to outlive the apocalypse. Aurora, Stella, Rolf, Tümay, and Sorano must challenge themselves to beat the Neon God’s Algorithm in a crumbling, totalitarian, surveillance state complicated by crime, technology, and civil unrest. Under the ubiquitous eye of the Neon God, they set out to collect “Gold Stars” – an elusive, difficult to obtain, merit-based currency – and secure a seat on the last shuttle to Luna. In a desperate attempt to save her baby daughter, Aurora must navigate the Dark and do her utmost to survive the last technological remnants of a dying civilization.

A ground-breaking story, written in a never before seen genre of fiction - Neon Science-Fiction.

The Singularity Is Near

By Ray Kurzweil,

Book cover of The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

If Ray hadn’t written The Singularity is Near, I would never have written my own books

It was after reading a news article on the release of the book all the way back in early 2005, that, at the tender age of 27 and for the first time in my life, I knew I had a subject that people would love to read about—and I also had a plot! 

Reading Ray’s description of being able to download “upgrades” to our bodies like we upgrade our computers, of immortality, and of molecular assemblers that could replicate anything we could want, sent my mind into a fevered trip through the Post-Human future.  

I read The Singularity is Near multiple times afterwards…it’s brilliant.  

Who am I?

I get to write about the most important moment in human history—and it’s quickly approaching. In fact—the advent of superhuman-level artificial intelligence will be the most important occurrence in the universe since the Big Bang, and it may even put that to shame. It’s a sci-fi writer's goldmine, but it’s also any intellectual’s dream topic. Since 2005, this topic has inspired me to write seven best-sellers, to give a TEDx (over 2 million views), to direct a short film, and to write the “bible” for a video game, all of it on the topic of A.I. and the technological singularity. 

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Post-Human Omnibus: A Science Fiction Novel

By David Simpson,

Book cover of Post-Human Omnibus: A Science Fiction Novel

What is my book about?

What is reality? What if we could change the world with a thought? If we could climb between parallel worlds and alter our history, would we risk it? Or are we already living in a computer simulation controlled by our future selves? The Post-Human Omnibus is an adventure across space and time, through worlds full of wonder and peril.


By Jon Del Arroz,

Book cover of Justified

This is high-caliber space fantasy in the realm of Star Wars or Dune. It brings together a grizzled holy warrior having doubts about his faith with a naïve and sheltered princess in a brutal world ruled by absolutely vile overlords. The perspective switches between the two of them. The warrior – Drin – grapples with whether the church’s mission to fight evil brings it to use methods too similar to the evil it fights. Meanwhile the princess – Anais – has to come to terms very quickly with the reality of life outside the palace when slavers invade her home and abduct her off-world.

Who am I?

Monsters and magic have always had a hook on me, ever since I was just a kid going through a stack of Stephen King paperbacks that I was definitely too young for my brother to have given me – not that many would call his work “fantasy” exactly, despite the amount of vampires ghosts and magic that say otherwise. Urban fantasy, blending those elements with the familiar world we know, is a particular favourite of mine. So much so, that I wrote my own! Granted, the urban area in question is 19th-century Paris, but I say that still counts.

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The Mummy of Monte Cristo

By J. Trevor Robinson,

Book cover of The Mummy of Monte Cristo

What is my book about?

Revenge takes time; fortunately, Edmond Dantes doesn't sleep. Or breathe.

In a world of monsters and magic, Edmond Dantes has a pretty good life. He's just been made captain of a ship, and he's about to marry his sweetheart. But when jealousy, spite, and ambition conspire to frame him for treason, he loses everything. To make things right, he'll need to give up the only thing he has left: his humanity. They thought their troubles died with Edmond. They were wrong on both counts.

The Essential Dogen

By Kazuaki Tanahashi, Peter Levitt,

Book cover of The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master

Dogen is one of the great original minds from all of Japanese history and human history. This book contains an ocean of Dogen’s profound writing. One can return time after time to delve into new layers of wisdom. 

Who am I?

I got involved in Zen Buddhism in 1966 because Shunryu Suzuki was a Zen Buddhist and the San Francisco Zen Center which he founded was where I went to meditate with others free of any heavy trips, not pushing a rigid belief system, just learning to include stillness and silence in our lives so that we can feel and hear what the cosmos has to say to us. 

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Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

By David Reich Chadwick,

Book cover of Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

What is my book about?

Shunryu Suzuki is known to countless readers as the author of the modern spiritual classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. This most influential teacher comes vividly to life in Crooked Cucumber, the first full biography of any Zen master to be published in the West. To make up his intimate and engrossing narrative, David Chadwick draws on Suzuki's own words and the memories of his students, friends, and family. Interspersed with previously unpublished passages from Suzuki's talks, Crooked Cucumber evokes a down-to-earth life of the spirit. Along with Suzuki we can find a way to "practice with mountains, trees, and stones and to find ourselves in this big world."

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