By Kathleen Ann Goonan
Nanotech Quartet 
Nominated - Locus First Novel 1995, Nominated - British SciFi 1999
"A first novelist of large expertise and effort . . . she grounds her apocalyptic imaginative and prescient in a couple of brief, finely distinct scenes that show how own failings can develop into writ huge within the nice occasions of history."--The big apple occasions publication assessment.
In Verity's global, nanotech plagues decimated the inhabitants after an preliminary renaissance of utopian nanotech towns. becoming up on an remoted farm, she reveals her satisfied lifestyles altering direction while Blaze, the single younger guy locally and Verity's ally, is shot. With Blaze's physique wrapped in a nanotech cocoon, Verity units off on a quest to the Enlivened urban of Cincinnati. it's a position of legend, the place large bio-engineered bees hold details in the course of the streets and massive nanotech flora burst from the tops of wierd constructions. it's the position the place Blaze could be introduced again from the edge of loss of life. yet Cincinnati is a urban of goals became nightmares, ceaselessly reliving the fantasies of its writer, a urban that Verity needs to rule--or die.
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Yamamura spelled the name and gave the address he had checked. "Oh, yeah, I've heard of him. Medium-big importer, isn't he? I guess he wouldn't rouse you without some reason. " Yamamura had started to skin out of his pajamas before he hung up. He was back into his clothes, with a sweater above, very nearly as fast, and pulled on his raincoat while he kicked the garage door open. The wind screeched at him. When he backed the Volkswagen out, it trembled with that violence. Rain roared on its metal and flooded down the windshield; his headlights and the rear lamps were quickly gulped down by night.
I soon learned she was a bitch on wheels. At first, after seeing what happened to our joint checking account, I thought she was simply extravagant. But what she said, and did, when I tried to put the brakes on her-! Now I'm mortally certain she didn't actually spend most of the money, but socked it away somewhere. I also know she had lovers. She taunted me with that, at the end. "Before then she drove Bayard out. You can guess how many little ways there are to make a proud, sensitive young man unwelcome in his own father's house.
If you insist. I think he was in love with me. Not daring to admit it to himself, he did everything he could to get me out of his life. And out of his father's. 110 The Unicorn Trade He was more subtle than a young man ought to be, though. Insinuations; provocations; disagreements carefully nursed into quarrels-" She gripped the chair arms. "Our marriage, Aaron's and mine, would never have been a simple one to make work. The difference in age, outlook, everything, I'm not perfect either, not easy to live with.
Queen City Jazz (Nanotech, Book 1) by Kathleen Ann Goonan