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By Colin Milburn

ISBN-10: 082234243X

ISBN-13: 9780822342434

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The dawning period of nanotechnology gives you to remodel existence as we all know it. Visionary scientists are engineering fabrics and units on the molecular scale that would eternally adjust the best way we predict approximately our applied sciences, our societies, bodies, or even truth itself. Colin Milburn argues that the increase of nanotechnology consists of a fashion of because he calls “nanovision.” hiking around the technoscapes and the dreamscapes of nanotechnology, he elaborates a thought of nanovision, demonstrating that nanotechnology has depended all through its heritage on a symbiotic dating with technology fiction. Nanotechnology’s medical theories, laboratory tools, and learn courses are inextricable from speculative visions, hyperbolic rhetoric, and fictional narratives.Milburn illuminates the practices of nanotechnology by way of studying an important diversity of cultural artifacts, together with medical study articles, engineering textbooks, laboratory photos, well known technology writings, novels, comedian books, and blockbuster movies. In so doing, he finds connections among the applied sciences of visualization that experience helped inaugurate nano learn, reminiscent of the scanning tunneling microscope, and the prescient writings of Robert A. Heinlein, James Blish, and Theodore Sturgeon. He delves into fictive and medical representations of “gray goo,” the nightmare situation within which self sufficient nanobots get up in uprising and wreak havoc at the international. He exhibits that nanoscience and “splatterpunk” novels percentage a violent aesthetic of disintegration: the organic physique is breached and torn asunder purely to be refabricated as an assemblage of self-organizing machines. no matter if in high-tech laboratories or technology fiction tales, nanovision deconstructs the human topic and galvanizes the discovery of a posthuman destiny.

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Sdence fict ion infuseH science and vice verNa, and vectors of Influence point both ways. Inhabiting the liminal space traversed by these vectors are fields like nanotechnology that draw equally from the inscription practices of scientific research and science fiction narration, and only a more sutured concept- something like "science (fiction)" - adequately represents the technoscape of nanotechnology and its impact on the human future. 30 Yet more significantly, nanotechnology is fully capable of engineering the future in its own hybrid image.

While the first paragraph begins the radical task of reconciling science and science fiction, juxtaposing the languages of"possibility" and "fact,'' Drexler quickly departs from this goal and instead firmly separates science, and particularly nanotechnology, from the "fantasies" of fiction. He clarifies the assumed di­ rectional flow of reality into fiction: when science fiction is "real,'' the writer has either landed on reality by chance or "grabbed" the idea from science. Drexler thus distinguishes science fiction writers from "other writers" and "engineers" who "examine the facts" {presumably Drexler fits into this cate­ gory) .

78 For example, the concept of the "Diamond Age" -describing how the nanotechnology era will be historicized relative to the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Sili­ con Age, and so on- appears formatively in science fiction, such as Neal Stephenson's nanotech novel The Diamond Age, as well as in subsequent nanowritings like Gregory Benford's "A Scientist's Notebook: A Diamond Age," Merkle's survey article, "It's a Small, Small, Small, Small World," and Edward Reitman's textbook, Molecular Engineering ofNanosystems.

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