X-Message-Number: 24961
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 04:29:47 -0800
Subject: Robert Ludlum's The Lazarus Vendetta : A Covert-One Novel
From: Kennita Watson <>

I heard about "Robert Ludlum's The Lazarus Vendetta : A Covert-One 
Novel" on the radio yesterday.  It caught my attention because the 
announcer spoke about an attack on a "nanotechnology research" firm.  
 From the review at amazon.com:  "...When the Lazarus Movement's attack 
on a biotech lab releases a deadly brew of nanophages, microscopic 
killer devices that turn those unlucky enough to inhale them into piles 
of 'reddish liquid sludge,' some start to think that the movement's 
diabolical leader envisions a vastly depopulated world that he can 
redesign into an environmental paradise...."

Unfortunately, this strikes me as much more plausible than
the "gray goo" scenario, especially before the technology is
mature enough for there to be widely available
nano-antibodies.  I hope Ludlum doesn't paint too alarmist
an anti-nanotech picture.

Live long and prosper,
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
none but ourselves can free our minds.
           -- Bob Marley, "Redemption Song"

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