The Goliath Stone
by Larry Niven with Matthew Joseph Harrington
Publisher: Tor Books
The year is 2052 and Dr. Toby Glyer has effected miracle cures with the use of nanotechnology. But Glyer’s controversial nanites are living things—a new form of life—and they have more uses than just medical. They also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids…if he can control them.
Twenty-five years ago, the Briareus mission took nanomachinery out to divert an Earth-crossing asteroid and bring it back to be mined, only to drop out of contact as soon as it reached its target. The project was shut down and the technology was forcibly suppressed.
Now, a much, much larger asteroid is on a collision course with Earth―and the Briareus nanites may be responsible. While the government scrambles to find a solution, Glyer knows that their only hope of avoiding Armageddon lies in the nanites themselves. On the run, Glyer must track down his old partner, William Connors, and find a way to make contact with their wayward children. Will Glyer’s nanites be Earth’s salvation or destruction?