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Micro: A Terrifying Thriller

Finished reading 'Micro', the last novel by Michael Crichton completed by Richard Preston. I feel shell-shocked! Really a terrifying thriller. My awe about science and technology has immensely augmented. I shiver at the horrors that unfolded in the novel holding ominous forecasts about the future of our world and its countries. 

Two characters rightly say in the end:

"...with technology, once a thing is invented, it never gets un-invented..... Killer bots and micro-drones are here to stay. People will die in terrible new ways. Terrible wars will be fought with this technology. The world will never be the same." 

What a ghastly prediction! The black pronouncement sends a chill down the spine. Sounds stunningly true.

Another passage that found full agreement in the novel is the thoughts in the mind of one of the characters described: 

"These Americans played with fire. Hydrogen bombs, megapower lasers, killer drones, shrunken micro-people...Americans were demon-raisers. Americans awakened technological demons they couldn't control, yet they to enjoy the power."

An interesting travelogue on the dangerous beauty of Hawaii - loved it tremendously being the hard-core armchair traveller that I am.

Strangely my mind recalled Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. A vague connection found there!? Perhaps that political satire showed futuristic knowledge of technology unknowingly!   
 

06-Oct-2012

More by :  Pavalamani Pragasam

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