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It is the most powerful technology known to humanity, microscopically small, allowing its user to control and change other's moods and emotions, and even to reprogram his or her own genetic structure. Its potential as the ultimate weapon or an instrument of peace has led to its ban by the Commonwealth.Someone has stolen this outlaw technology, the Bohr Maker, from the secrIt is the most powerful technology known to humanity, microscopically small, allowing its user to control and change other's moods and emotions, and even to reprogram his or her own genetic structure. Its potential as the ultimate weapon or an instrument of peace has led to its ban by the Commonwealth.Someone has stolen this outlaw technology, the Bohr Maker, from the secret files of the Commonwealth Police, at the command of a man with a genetic time bomb coded into his DNA. Nikko Jiang-Tibayan has only weeks to live, and he will do anything to stay alive, even if it means the end of life as we know it.But then the Bohr Maker falls into the hands of a beautiful young woman in the poverty-stricken slums of Sunda. Its technology will make her both fugitive and messiah. The object of frantic searches by a walking dead man and a high-tech police force, the Maker holds the key to the total destruction of humanity -- or its miraculous rebirth.......

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The Bohr Maker Reviews

  • Lit Bug
    2019-05-18 13:08

    This is a stunning cyberpunk novel by a female writer, so close to classic cyberpunk (in the sense that it has not diluted the hard SF feel of the sub-genre) and yet so closely affiliated with its more politically correct, flexible successor feminist cyberpunk. Along with Melissa Scott's Trouble and Her Friends, it is one of those few hard SF works that, while staying true to the specifications of classic cyberpunk simultaneously break its boundaries boldly – or rather, I should say, expand the horizons of classic cyberpunk to make it more inclusive.The world is divided into two political factions – one part allied with the Commonwealth government, which strictly controls biotechnology and ensures the new systems are registered and do not exceed its stringent specifications – in order to stay in power and do away with potential better programs that may usurp its dominance (so reminiscent of WTO, isn’t it?)The other part is Spill, that has decided to remain independent of the coalition, but which is nevertheless governed by Commonwealth laws on bio-tech, making it a ripe place for all illegal bio-tech and their Makers to indulge in black-marketing. A slum-infested, poverty-ridden, ugly place, the under-belly of the squeaky- clean Commonwealth.Nikko is the world’s first “posthuman” – a code of programming with free-will that is bound to expire after the treaty with Commonwealth expires – but he wishes to live, and decides to steal a powerful program – called the Bohr Maker – to ensure he will live on. But the program escapes and ends up in the body of an illiterate, impoverished prostitute Phousita in Spill, who has no understanding of it and thinks she is possessed by a spirit. With the Commonwealth police on her heels for a program she doesn’t know she possesses, she becomes a fugitive, and with Nikko (and an interesting horde of characters), must escape and find a way to deal with the Bohr Maker. (Of course, this is only the thinnest plot – the vastly interesting other sub-plots are left out to make it a spoiler-free review).The GR blurb is brilliant - classic cyberpunk feel is so obvious – the radical breakdown in the political/social aspects strongly alludes to the present world – the Commonwealth representing the “Big, bad corporations” while Nikko, Phousita and other characters are, basically, the punk elements, the rebels who break the rules, who exist on the fringes of the corporate world represented by Kirstin. It was well paced, thought-provoking. With the main character being a genetically engineered post-human struggling to keep himself alive, it is evident that it will tease our notions of what it means to be human. But it goes a step further - (view spoiler)[Nikko’s body is destroyed while his ghost has to be downloaded in various bodies time and again, and at a point of time, three ghosts inhabit a single body – Phousita’s (hide spoiler)] - which makes it harder. What is consciousness without a body? How far does a body determine our identity as a human or a living entity? What kind of post-humanism will it be when you can create multiple ghosts of yourself, some of which will not return to you to save you from painful memories? Or when a ghost, its body destroyed, has to merge with a larger network, so that it can go places mentally, but not physically? What is it to be alive? Is it the mind or the body? What is a mind without a body of its own? What happens when a male ghost inhabits a female body? Does it matter? Or does it matter if the mind is preserved, but has no body, and has to exist only as a programming code?Much unexpected, it was a pleasant change in the cyberpunk comeback to see female characters of consequence. (view spoiler)[With Arif tending to grow violent, Phousita consciously has tender feelings for Sandor – she holds her own against Arif numerous times, and goes ahead with her own convictions, rather than being used as an agent to fulfill the wishes and goals of the men around her.(hide spoiler)] Equally laudable is Phousita’s foil – Kirstin, again a woman, but the exact opposite of the warm, caring Phousita. Kirstin’s negative portrayal completes the circle of breaking female stereotypes as either too-good or too-bad women.Like classic cyberpunk, it deals with the question of what it means to be human, and the Gibson-esque issue of the merging of metal and “meat”. Like its feminist successor, it teases our expectations of one body, one mind – this is a world where a part of your consciousness, your ghost can be sent out for a virtual meeting, and the ghost might return to you and fill in the info to your mind, or might not, if it deems the info too painful for you to bear. And not one, but innumerable ghosts can be downloaded or uploaded in the atriums of other people’s minds. It is a world where one can live with the ghosts of other people in their minds.On the surface, it is a Neuromancer kind of novel – fast-paced, full of amiable twists, breathtaking possibilities and radical ideas about the future – but it is also a deeper novel, questioning our notions of what it means to be alive, and what it means for a woman to wield power through technology. Phousita is a prime example, and Kirstin is her foil – both are women in control of immense power – and both grow in radically different directions.I wonder what is wrong with readers – I used to believe readers will always love a good story, the gender of the writer notwithstanding – now I’m beginning to have serious doubts.There’s a staggering proportion of extremely creative women writers in feminist cyberpunk, all of whom are mostly unknown to most fans of classic cyberpunk, barring a few discerning, eclectic readers. Wachowski brothers, read this!

  • j
    2019-05-11 14:27

    3 1/2, really. A compelling read, rich in big ideas, that I found almost...grotesquely unpleasant to read (in a good way?). Nagata has created a harsh, ugly world. Spending time in it isn't exactly fun, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I hope to read more in the Nanotech Succession, but it may have to wait until my consciousness is uploaded and digitized and I have the gift of infinite time.

  • Tsana Dolichva
    2019-05-23 07:23

    Bohr Maker was Linda Nagata's debut novel and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1996. It is about nanotechnology and about privilege and poverty.Phousita is a slum girl in a future country/region that doesn't exist at present but which I read as being in southern Asia (I don't think anything specific was mentioned though, and it's possible I missed a reference). Her country isn't part of the Commonwealth, meaning that nanotechnology is less present and when present unregulated. The Commonwealth enjoys sticking its nose into other countries affairs and takes it upon itself to police everyone's nanotechnology. But it doesn't care about minor offences, only major ones which could threaten its way of life. So when Phousita is poisoned with nanotech that stunts her growth, or when her friend has his face disfigured no one cares. But as soon as an Important Person inadvertently infects Phousita with the potentially dangerous Bohr Maker (the general term for a nanotech system), the Commonwealth is all over it and Phousita is in different trouble to anything she could have imagined.There was a lot to like about The Bohr Maker. I very much enjoyed the worldbuilding; one of my favourite things was the nanotech introduced into the river running through the slum (which was downriver of the rest of the city) which changed the water from foetid to clear with edible "fluff" floating on top of it that some of the poorest residents of the city collect to eat. Obviously, it sucks to have to eat river fluff, but how neat is the technology? It would be an awesome invention to carry through to the real world.I liked the juxtaposition of the high technology belonging to rich people — including space stations, a sort of brain-to-brain communication system, and of course the nanotech — and the very low-tech world in the poorest regions on Earth. Phousita and her cohorts don't know what nanotechnology is and interpret as magic and curses. When Phousita is infected by and gains control of the very advanced Bohr Maker, she thinks she's possessed by a sorcerer and is becoming a witch. When she heals people with the technology, they see it as a spell. All of which makes perfect sense given the context.What I didn't like about this book, was many of the characters. I liked Phousita, who was genuinely a nice person, and I didn't mind her friend Arif, who wasn't a nice person but understandably so, given his circumstances (actually, I thought he was OK until Phousita started getting more power and threatening his power in their little family). Nikko, a genetically engineered human designed to survive vacuum (a character like him features in Nagata's short story In The Tide, briefly reviewed here), was the other main protagonist and I liked him too. He finds himself in the rather intolerable position of having a fast-approaching expiration date on his genome. When his father created him, the Commonwealth forced him to put in the expiration date 30 years in the future, which he agreed to under the assumption that by then the law would have caught up and he could remove the fail-safe. It didn't. Nikko sets out to try to steal the Bohr Maker (before it's passed onto Phousita) to try to save himself. In the course of events he gets caught up with Phousita (and gets his brother caught up in the trouble as well).The central character I really hated was Kirsten, the Chief of the Commonwealth police force. She was a horrible person and an unnecessarily large part of the narrative was told from her point of view. I say unnecessarily because while I acknowledge that she instigated a lot of plot-relevant things (she was the one trying to track down the Bohr Maker and get both Nikko and Phousita executed), there were also chunks of worldbuilding exposition filtered through her point of view. And really, it was her point of view that repulsed me. She didn't see Nikko as a person, but as an animal (despite, prior to the opening, conducting an affair with him) and had zero compassion for anyone. She righteously upholds the spirit of the law (not the letter) by any means necessary, with her convictions reinforced by a zealous religious belief that the Bohr Maker and any other unsanctioned nanotech threatened the sanctity of natural life on Earth (unless it was minor nanotech making lives harder in the slums). I simply could not stand the religious zealotry. I'm not sure if she was supposed to be a partially sympathetic character, but she wasn't and I felt I was inside her head too often. She wasn't the sort of antagonist I love to hate either. At one point I had to put the book down for the evening because I couldn't bring myself to finish the current chapter and get back to her sections. However, depending on your particular set of prejudices, your mileage may vary.The only other thing that bothered me a little bit were a few slow points throughout the book. It wasn't a particularly long book but there were a few bits when I wished the plot would hurry up because I wanted to know what happened next. However, they weren't enough to ruin my enjoyment except for the slow bits with KirstenIn all, there is a lot to like about The Bohr Maker. Particularly notable is that almost ten years later, this book didn't feel at all dated. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series (or indeed any other science fiction of Nagata's that crosses my path). I've now read her debut novel as well as her most recent novel (which I loved, and which was rather more fast-paced), and I see no reason not to fill in the blanks. I strongly recommend The Bohr Maker to fans of reasonably hard science fiction (although the technical details aren't discussed in detail) as well as fans of sociological science fiction.4 / 5 starsYou can read more of my reviews on my blog.

  • Katie
    2019-05-04 15:27

    DUDE! BRAVO!!!! What a book! What a sweet piece of science fiction.Ok, I've been on such a sci-fi run lately and have read lots of great books. Now I realize that even with the best sci-fi there tends to be something missing, heart (awww), a good ol tug on the feels. I'm not bitching though, it has to be really hard to come up with a story that elicits all the various human emotions when your mostly talking about non human things (space,technology,AI, etc.). This book seemed to brilliantly come up with solutions to that. I won't give anything away, but just know that this book is so so so smart, it's intriguing psychologically, philosophically and intellectually. Covers all the bases. The characters are wonderful. Even the ones that you hate, you understand the mentality behind their actions. I could go on and on. Just read this fucking book already!

  • John R. Goyer
    2019-05-16 07:26

    Very enjoyable sci-fi - Makers, ghosts, poverty and a police-state with various and somewhat confusing levels of virtual reality and artificial intelligence only up to a point - and then there's the Bohr Maker... This volume does a great job of introducing characters and this universe and preparing us for the moment when nothing will ever be the same again - due to two related events that end this book. I'm looking forward to the continuing story and will be on the lookout for other Nagata books - the Red Trilogy is still my favorite of hers, but I'll see how I feel after more of this saga.

  • Derek
    2019-05-16 14:14

    This showed up on sale one day and, while I have been promising myself I won't buy more books until I get through all the unread ones, the blurb sounded pretty interesting and it did win a Locus award. So, I bought it, and I'm guardedly thankful that I did. I mean, it was a pretty good book, but now I probably have to put a whole lot more Linda Nagata on my to-read list…Nagata presents us with a dystopian society in which nano-technology allows humanity to redesign itself—naturally within parameters set by the current ruling class. Anything that doesn't tamper with your basic humanity is permitted—so you can change your skin color, make yourself immune to disease, probably give yourself amazing strength or speed. But you can't have four legs or—as our protagonist Nikko (rhymes with ‘psycho’) does—have a ceramic carapace and be capable of living in a vacuum. The "Commonwealth" has no problem with "humans" with essentially unlimited lifespans, but permits Nikko's existence only as an experiment with a 30 year expiry date. And the thirty years are up.When Nikko steals the Bohr Maker—a piece of nanotechnology that can solve the immediate problem of his impending death—and the Commonwealth police begin hunting him, his brother Sandro, and Phousita (the woman currently hosting the Bohr Maker) we're confronted with a slew of moral problems. Is it wrong to modify the human form? If so, how much modification does it take to become wrong? Is it morally acceptable to give some people immortality (or something close—I think the evil chief of the Commonwealth Police is the oldest person we meet and she's only 134, iirc), while allowing others to live in slums, starve to death, and be subject to any number of plagues? Does the end justify the means (to Kirsten, the police chief: yes, always!)?The "science" in this story is just hand-waving, there's no attempt to rationalize it, but that's okay. The real story is about the moral issues, and whether you can ever put the genie back in the bottle.

  • Zack
    2019-05-18 15:31

    An interesting book exploring the far-reaching power of nanotechnology (mostly bio-based) and restrictions placed by a government trying to control that. The book seemed a little brisk and could have used more text devoted to exploration of the setting and the various cultures involved. I also would have liked to see more context to the lives and views of the various actors, but none were unbelievable.I would recommend this book to people who enjoyed Neil Stephenson's 'The Diamond Age'. Similar themes are explored.

  • Mitchell
    2019-05-03 09:05

    Good. But not as good as I had hoped. 4 of 5. Still, I have books 2 and 3 and am looking forward to them (slotting them in between library books though). Complicated future looking stuff - mostly nano and teleportation (by body destruction) but not describing the how - so it ended up a bit closer to fantasy.

  • Jerico
    2019-05-14 14:17

    Very solid 3.5 stars, probably losing a half star because of how cliche a lot of the concepts in this book have become in the years since it was published. Bohr Maker is a solid first novel from Nagata, who has grown into one of the more impressive novelists working in SF since. It`s written in stripped down prose, not quite as smooth as her later works would become, but with a solid economy of phrase and a consistency of language that helps hold together what were extremely esoteric concepts when this book came out.This is one of the early nanotech books, written just after the tail end of the cyberpunk and close to Diamond Age and Queen City Jazz. The setting is cyberpunk+, with Maker technology grown mature and heavily regulated by a combination of commercial fear and Gaia-esque fundamentalism. The Commonwealth, in the person of Police Chief Kirstin, ruthlessly suppress any Maker technology, posthumanist modifications and free AI to preserve `nature` and their current political structure. Kirstin is a well drawn, creative example of a villain, and she is profoundly unlikable.Nikko, one of the main characters, is a post-human one off adapted to live in a vacuum. He was created as an exception to the laws on the subject, and that legal exception is about to end. When it does, so does he. He`s having an affair with Kirstin because she likes to play with her food before she eats it. He sets in motion a complex plan to steal the Bohr Maker, a generalized, a-conscious Maker that optimizes and enhances and individual into a walking wet-nano factory.The tech he intends to steal ends up in Phousita, a street prostitute living in a region that has, for religious reasons, not adopted the Maker tech, and her life is unpleasant in a Dickensian sense. She`s by far the most sympathetic of the characters, to the extent where her virtuous nature seems almost unlikely except for how effectively her character is conveyed to the reader.Bohr Maker features a whole raft of fictional technologies that would end up being almost cliche with the first set of Singularity writers in the early 2000s like Stross and Doctorow. There are brain emulations, partial copies, duplicates, clones, wet nanotech, life extension and a whole list of extropian ideals. Nagata is judicious with her rules, limiting her tech in ways that make sense for her setting but don`t feel like authorial fiat. Her emulations, for example, are limited to running on `atriums` that are tiny machine interface units that are quasi-biological, suggesting that pure digitalized brain emulation hasn`t been developed yet. All of this kind of techno development takes place behind the curtain, and is explained economically and without slowing the story or interfering with the characters.This is very much a Schismatrix type setting, but it was clearly written as a novel, and flows smoothly from scene to scene, never halting, never bogging down. It is extremely readable, if occasionally grim. Excellent first novel, with a pair of sequels.

  • Rafal Jasinski
    2019-05-13 12:21

    Pomysłowe, oryginalne science-fiction, udanie łączące klasyczne dla gatunku motywy z koncepcjami skojarzonymi z cyberpunku i powieści sensacyjnej. Świetnie nakreśleni bohaterowie i antagoniści, oraz doskonała dynamika akcji, obfitująca w liczne i zaskakujące zwroty fabularne. Nieco chaosu narracyjnego w drugiej połowie powieści, na który - w zestawieniu z powyższymi plusami - można przymknąć oko. Polscy czytelnicy nie doczekali się - dotychczas - wydania pozostałych dwóch tomów trylogii (oraz jej prequelu), ale "Struktor Bohra" wieńczy zakończenie na tyle eleganckie, że po powieść można sięgać bez obawy, iż pozna się zaledwie skrawek całości, urwany w najciekawszym momencie. Gorąco polecam - jedna z mniej znanych, a z pewnością wartych przeczytania, książek fantastycznonaukowych.

  • Bob
    2019-04-28 09:26

    A heady start, finished straight through in a day. Now on to the next in series ,liking it so far. Good read. Ghosts but no machine.A heady start, finished straight through in a day. Now on to the next in series ,liking it so far. Good read. Ghosts but no machine.

  • Tricia
    2019-05-13 14:12

    Well written, interesting world, reminiscent of Neal Stephenson (my favorite).

  • Bob Rust
    2019-05-17 07:20

    The Bohr Maker – complexly inhabited by Androids and Avatars and outcasts – presents a powerful cluster of images with which to conceive the planetary future and its possible extensions outwards.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-19 11:13

    I kept having to remind myself that this was written in 1995. Really ahead of its time.

  • Ian Wood
    2019-05-04 15:27

    This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.I rated this novel a worthy read.(mild spoilers)This is volume one in the loosely-connected Nanotech Succession quadrilogy. I've read Deception Well and Vast, but not Tech Heaven, so I'm pleased to be able to review the first of this group for the blog. Even though this is not a new novel (indeed, it was the first Nagata ever published!), it is new to me, and hopefully I'll enjoy this as I have the other two. It begins in Asia (and the choice of typeface imbues the novel a rather Japanese aura) where a few members of a local 'tribe', trying to eke out an existence in an abandoned mill by a river, discover a dead body in the water. Jensen Van Ness has apparently been murdered and robbed, but his body still bears clothes which might be traded in the city for food. As two of the tribe, the petite, retiring Phousita and domineering and cruel Arif haul the body to shore, something sharp slides out of his chest and stabs Phousita, the diminutive woman who looks like a child, infecting her with the Bohr Maker, an illegal and self-directing genetic enhancer.I confess I found that while it was an acceptable read, and engrossing in parts, I did not find myself enjoying this novel as much as I had the other two, and I was somewhat disappointed to discover that the Bohr of the title was the fictional Leander Bohr, not Neils Bohr, who was neither an engineer nor a biologist, which is probably fueling my lack of complete enthusiasm! Neils Bohr was a giant in the wild early days of particle physics. I read a charming, sad, and amusing account of this in Faust in Copenhagen by Gino Segrè, which contained the picture I reproduce in my blog, which I find really extraordinary. The sheer magnitude of brainpower concentrated in this one instant in time in this photograph is as humbling as it is inspiring.Meanwhile, somewhere slightly off-planet, the Chief of Police, Kristin, cruelly abuses a dead man, whose brain patterns have been preserved by a cutting-edge scientist before laws were enacted which severely circumscribed such experimentation. The dead man, Nikko Jiang-Tibayan, is now dying again - the license for his existence is about to expire. This is an era which has declared that thou shalt not mess with the human genome, and he represents the last such experiment - a human consciousness in a ceramic body. Kristin, living in luxury at the top of one of many Earth-space elevators uses his body for her own perverse and abusive sexual pleasure (yes, this made no sense to me either!).Nikko puts up with this in the desperate hope that she will relent and help him to continue his existence. She cruelly taunts him over his impending doom, refusing to grant him a reprieve even as she pleasures herself with his ersatz body and causes him pain by biting his kisheer - an augmentation to the body which permits him to survive in a vacuum by recycling CO² in his blood. She has affixed above her bed a collage made from the confiscated body parts of the human experiments she has personally terminated and mentions that she would like to see his skull up there eventually.Nikko unfortunately involved his brother, Sandor Jiang-Tibayan in his theft of the Bohr maker and now Kristin is hunting Sandor, too, and she doesn't care if his involvement came about in Sandor's ignorance or not. But Phousita's transformation, under the refurbishing power of the Bohr maker is startling. She becomes a Messiah to her people and so well-known that both she and Arif must go on the run to escape Kristin - a run which takes them into the cold of space and the the bizarre artificial world at the top of the elevator - the one created by Fox Jiang-Tibayan, Nikko and Sandor's dad.That's all I'm going to reveal about this novel. I am rating this worthy although I have to say I was not as impressed as I had been with the other two. But Nagata can write inventively; she had surrogates before Surrogates had surrogates, and she has some really interesting sci-fi scenarios on display.

  • Angie Boyter
    2019-05-12 13:06

    On page 11 and may not go much further, even though it is for my SF book group. Sentences like "His mother had sold him to a sorcerer who poisoned him with a spell that exposed his sins upon his face" do not inspire me to continue reading.Update: A few more pages and reading some other reader reviews convinced me this is not a book I would enjoy. Universal praise for "socially relevant politically correct feminist cyberpunk" warn me off, especially when it is not accompanied by corresponding praise of story or characters or writing..

  • Peter
    2019-05-13 15:04

    Nanotechnology has changed the world... many people live in space habitats, pollution on Earth is getting cleaned up and converted into edible food, and the rich not only live for centuries, but also can send copies of their consciousness out to tag along with other people and perform tasks. But all of that pales compared to what might be done, if the people in power weren't terrified of people straying too far from what they define as 'human', and cracking down on all but the most special, dedicated nanotechnological Makers. But there's one Maker out there, the Bohr Maker, that can give it's wielder the power to change the world, and themselves. Nikko Jiang-Tibayan is not defined as human, but rather an experiment with a mandated thirty year lifespan that is now almost up, and in a desperate bid, arranges to steal the last sample of the Bohr Maker... except, he doesn't actually receive it. Instead, it falls into the hands of Phousita, an ex-prostitute and among the poorest of the poor, living on the streets with a group of others in similar circumstances. She never asked for it, but the Bohr Maker makes her a target, and puts her on the world stage.I read this book before. Once, probably more than fifteen years ago, shortly after it first came out. I remembered very little about it, aside from what the title referred to. I honestly can't even remember what my reaction was to it, if I liked it or just thought it was okay, just that I obviously didn't like it enough to be memorable. And yet it sat on my shelf, and I'd see it every so often and think I'd give it another chance one day. I finally did, and I'm glad. Maybe I wasn't quite ready for all of the ideas at the time, but it really is a good book, and made much more of an impression on me the second time around. It's not perfect, there are things that don't make a lot of technological sense, but it's good, and it's a first novel, so that's extra impressive. I suspect a few of the ideas in the book may have subtly introduced later books I'm fond of (since it's one of the earlier examples of those tropes I'm aware of), although I can't be sure. Most importantly, it builds a universe I want to read more about, and luckily, there is more to the universe, so I will be moving on to them.Definitely worth a look. I'd put it on the edge between 3 and 4 stars, but since I can't give half marks and I neglected it for so long, I'll give it a 4.

  • Raj
    2019-04-29 14:05

    Nikko is effectively the first post-human, designed to be able to live in the vacuum of space. But the world into which he is born is conservative in the extreme and the licence that allowed his creation enforced an 'expiry' of thirty years, and Nikko's time is running out. Only an illegal nanotechnological machine known as the Bohr Maker can save his life. Of course, it's not as simple as that, and a poor illiterate girl called Phousita ends up being infected by the Maker and they must both go on the run for their lives.Nikko's world is full of nanotechnology but very tightly regulated by the Commonwealth Police, led by Kirstin Adair, the ecological-fundamentalist chief who fears what nanotech would do to Mother Earth. The parts of the book seen through her eyes paint a picture of an ultra-focussed, driven and terrifying woman who will stop at nothing, including the law, to stop Nikko.Nagata has created a dystopian world with very stark differences between the haves and the have-nots and the technology is very interesting. The technology in the book is rarely discussed and exists merely to push the plot forward, and although the 'ghosts' of the book, uploaded copies of a person that can go and speak to others over the ever-present network, are important, there isn't much in the way of discussion of what that could lead to (a la Altered Carbon).At times, the book can be confusing and I did sometimes lose track of who was in what state and where and why, but it doesn't matter that much as there'll be another big set-piece along in a moment that changes the state of play anyway.A frenetic, exciting book with a decent adventure at its heart, bringing change to a conservative society and highlighting the force for change that inequality can be.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-08 15:17

    I greatly enjoyed the first technical book in Linda Nagata's The Nanotech Succession - however, through no fault of Nagata, I have mental limitations which prevented me from enjoying it to its fullest - some of the high science fiction descriptions, I just could *not* get my head around and understand. If you've ever read one of Koontz's wonderful books in the Odd Thomas series, where he describes the pier scene, that is what happened to me - I understood what Nagata was meaning as a whole, but I couldn't create the scene to its utmost fruition in my own mind, due to my own limitations. The character of Phousita was very identifiable, and I really liked her. Arif was a douchebag, I absolutely hated his character. Nikko was interesting, he reminded me of Loki a little bit though, he always has his own agenda. Kirsten was infuriating and I hated her smug attitude of knowing everything... I thought she met her end well; albeit horrible. Sandor was another good character, I thought he and Phousita deserved each other and I was glad to see them come together in the end; they are both victims of their own respective bully situations - Arif and Nikko; but they do not allow this to dictate how their characters develop. Leander Bohr was interesting. I do love technology, but it is sometimes too little too late after it has been created, and you only see the negative effects after it has been said and done. Interesting. Fox and Leander reminded me of the same thing, although, I loved Fox's ingenuity better - he was the architect of Summer House and redesigned it, all without a Maker. It shows the ingenuity of one's own mind, and how there are no limits.

  • Jani
    2019-05-13 09:01

    The Bohr Maker must have felt like an audacious debut novel when it came out and, despite depicting a technology discussed more fervently then than now, has aged fairly well. This is perhaps partly due to the fact that nanotechnology is still almost as much of a mystery as it was then, but also because of Linda Nagata's fairly interesting characters.Nikko is an experiment: a human designed to survive in vacuum. Despite his relevance for space exploration, his expiration date is closing and he is all too human to accept that without a fight. Unfortunately, for him his plans to steal a life line in the form of powerful and illegal nanotech called the Bohr Maker go wrong and the system accidentally winds up in the hands, brain, and the body of a Phousita, a kindhearted woman living in slums. Nikko's quest for survival might change the whole of humankind forever.Nagata draws heavily from the tradition of science fiction: a reader might draw connections to other novels that have come before and, indeed, after The Bohr Makes hit the shelves. On the other hand, the tradition does not loom too large and the background and Nagata manages to bring her own flavours in twists and turns to both the depictions of technology and the characters, who feel more flesh and blood than in some SF novels that concentrate on the possibilities of a hot technology.

  • Invadozer Misothorax Circular-thallus Popewaffensquat
    2019-05-05 10:01

    This book is the first Linda Nagata book I've read. I'm pretty happy with it. It's as if someone took SNOWCRASH, chopped it down to bite size and stuffed it full of a different garbage dump Earth.I really enjoyed the whole bit with the different virus/makers that would reprogram dna and brains into something else. Some evicted tenants who were mutating into solid gold buddhas. Genius writing. The main character who accidently gets the Bohr Maker program stuck in her is excellent in personality as a poor messed up ex prostitute kid Phousita eating s*** collected out of the main sewer/river going thru town.She is transformed and goes from another penny blowing down the street to miss grid universe god. The hard ass cop Kirsten is nasty nasty and epitomizes old thinking like a Falwell type in a tough woman cop body with all the restricted brain areas torching poverty everywhere it is challenged. This book is so well thought out I have to recommend it to everyone. Please read it. NOW!!! It's hard to believe it's her first novel, she's been doing short stories for a while now. About time`!!

  • Cindywho
    2019-05-21 08:08

    This one was way better than Tech-Heaven. If the characters were outlandish, they matched their environment - which was fascinating. How far could nanotechnology go? Could it make humans godlike? From dystopia to world building to immortality, it's a fun ride. Some aspects reminded me of The Diamond Age and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. I did wonder why there was little discussion of the distinction between the death of the body and the death of brain/mind patterns. (April 15, 2006)

  • Jacob
    2019-05-15 13:06

    Nagata doesn't spend too much time trying to explain how things work. For the most part, this works. The world is incredibly interesting. The science fiction ideas mostly feel believable and in place. Every once in a while, you may have to pause and try and figure out what things mean at times when I don't think you're meant to. The characters are all pretty interesting. In an entirely good way, it is sometimes unclear who the 'main' protagonist is. Close to the end, there was a point when I had the feeling that the author was throwing obstacles in the way of the protagonists just to pad the length. By the time I got to the end, I realized I was wrong.

  • Doug Farren
    2019-05-16 15:27

    I will admit that I am not a big fan of nano-tech primarily because I don't think the technology will work mostly because of the inability to power the little beasties. But, with that said, The Bohr Maker held my attention to the very end. Linda has the ability to create a realistic world full of ultra-high-tech devices that have become common-place among the general population. She has also managed to convey the dark side of humanity with striking realism. I should also state for the record that I met Linda at the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop in Laramie Wyoming in 2012. She is both a wonderful person and an outstanding author. [The finish date is an estimate.]

  • Jenny Knippa
    2019-05-06 11:27

    I was hesitant when a friend handed me his copy of "The Bohr Maker" I'd never heard of it, nor had I any interest with science fiction up until then. He would not let up, so I gave in. I complained throughout the first sections as the plot and subplot felt disjointed, but when they collided, there was an explosion of ginormous proportions!Ms. Nagata accomplished in print back in the 90's what James Cameron only recently managed to do on film. This book examines Fascism, bio-ethics, and asks readers to confront their own preconceived ideas about the human condition and what exactly constitutes sentience.This is a must read, if you can find a copy. (update: It's available on Kindle!}

  • Eddie Novak
    2019-05-20 11:06

    I rank this with HYPERION by Dan Simmons and ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card as my favorite science fiction experience in novel form. Yes, even ahead of the great RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA by Clarke.It has some of the best plotting I've read; handling multiple POV's attached to a single thread and weaving them into a seamless tapestry of delight. The science amazes, the characters live on in your biological Atrium long after the read, and the climax fires neurons into overdrive attempting to reach new levels of input in order to find out how it all plays out. 10/10

  • Andreas
    2019-05-21 15:21

    These three very loosely connected novels span thousand of years. Nagata writes competently about a future in which humanity is first technologically lifting itself off earth, and finally scattered about a hostile universe. I enjoyed them even though Nagata does two things which annoy me. The first is that the novels are in parts rather boring. Nothing much happens. The other thing is that she can be very depressing. Vast especially makes me feel just a bit too small in a vast (heh) universe.

  • Karen Heuler
    2019-05-23 15:18

    This is the first book I've read where people lived in/worked with their virtual selves--where in fact one could have more than one "ghost" of oneself out and about. It was complex and interesting, but I couldn't help feeling that a lot of the plot turns were arbitrary--because I couldn't completely understand how the ghosts and atriums worked, and what the laws were around them, it seemed that what happened wasn't necessarily inevitable in that universe. Perhaps a second read would make more sense of the underpinnings in this universe.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-22 10:06

    The titular macguffin is treated far more as a mysterious magical artifact than decades-obsolete technology, especially since its creator was an illiterate peasant. Given that the nano-police are hamstrung by the same technological limitations they enforce on others, it's very difficult to believe that the Bohr Maker hasn't been recreated by every two-bit street hacker and frustrated researcher since. Overall, very shallow exploration of the potential impacts of nanotech on society. DNF.

  • Algot Runeman
    2019-05-01 11:21

    The Commonwealth tightly controls nanotechnology. The Commonwealth Police can go anywhere and ruthlessly squash any tech which threatens to alter the "natural" progression of humanity. There is a threat, the Bohr Maker, specifically designed to allow alteration of the physical form of humans to be...anything. Commonwealth Chief of Police, Kirstin Adair fears it is about to be loosed, something she cannot allow to happen.Recommended