The Goliath Stone

The Goliath Stone

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The Goliath Stone by Larry Niven, Matthew Joseph Harrington

The Goliath Stone is a visionary new tale from Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington.

Doctor Toby Glyer has effected miracle cures with the use of nanotechnology. But Glyer's controversial nanites are more than just the latest technological advance, they are a new form of life—and they have more uses than just medical. Glyer's nanites also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids.

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.

As every parent learns, when you produce a new thinking being, the plans it makes are not necessarily your plans. But with a two-hundred-gigaton asteroid that rivals the rock that felled the dinosaurs hurtling toward Earth, Glyer and Connors don't have time to argue. Will Glyer's nanites be Earth's salvation or destruction?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765368898
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 779,040
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

LARRY NIVEN is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of the Ringworld series along with many other science fiction masterpieces. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

MATTHEW JOSEPH HARRINGTON is the author of Soul Survivor. He is currently living with fantasy artist Valerie Anne Shoemaker and four cats in San Jose, California.

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The Goliath Stone 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
man_on_the_hill More than 1 year ago
1) The e-book I got was 230 pages long, not 320 as the listing above claims. I'd call it an expanded novella, not a novel. 2) If you haven't read Heinlein, Anderson, Pratchett, and a lot of other SF authors, there will be a lot of fannish in-jokes you won't get. No attempt is made to soften them, or explain what their relevance to the plot line is through some other mechanism, they are just thrown out in the course of conversation and you either get their relevance to the story or you don't . I don't mind that happening once in a while, but in places, this is the major communications method - the characters basically wing allusions at one another for several pages.  3) Not much really happens! Some good ideas, sketchily presented, but no real tension or conflict resolution at the end - the book just reaches a convenient point and stops. I don't like sounding whiny, but this is exactly what Niven's last co-authored book (the Bowl of Heaven) did as well. Maddening. All that said, I did enjoy the book's basic ideas; however, the dialog was not at all fleshed out, the scene setting was extremely limited, and what science there was was mostly hand waving (with a couple of exceptions). The book ended just as the most interesting action had occurred, and scope for much more storytelling had opened up - and ignored. Overall, far more expensive than it was worth; given the content and length, I'd say this was worth about 5 bucks, not the premium 11.99 I paid for it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun novella that was an homage to the late Robert A Heinlein's later style of writing. That is both a compliment and a flaw in that the reader is bludgeoned with objectivist political philosophy and global warming denial while being entertained by fannish references and ribald, if sexist reparte. The plot is the unfolding of the maturation of nanotech on earth by the heroic efforts of the hard working and far seeing scientists making good in spite of the evils of modern civilization. Mycroft Yellowhorse, single-handedly forces redemption on the human race while trading sexual innuendoes with scantily-clad amazons (of his own making). The ennobling of the american indian, scientists who know whats best for us, and good clean sex: it's got it all. But what I really come away from this novel with is dark reservations. All the fun-in-sun and saving the world while bantering paints a rosey picture of what is ultimately the end of the human race. What's more disturbing: that every human on earth has been modified complete with an internal bomb in case they cause trouble, or that the authors don't think that's such a bad thing. Hey, it got me thinking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's high time somebody wrote a nanotech story that wasn't dystopian. The fannish references make sense in context, since people with brains more or less have to read science fiction for their entertainment, and the jokes are clearly the response of people trying to get through a scary situation by distracting themselves. Yellowhorse, a lifelong cripple who has rebuilt himself, is the chief inflicter of these, especially with his recall of writing romance novels as a joke that paid off. (Seriously: "Narya Farthingsworth"?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Niven fan from way back, but this was not one of his best. It was entertaining, but didn't have me invested in the characters of hanging on the edge of my seat for the outcome.
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It has a very linear plot without much real tension or risk for the main characters. It makes some very basic errors of science that undermines its plausability. I expected better from a book with Niven's name on it.
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CurtDunham More than 1 year ago
The main theme is nanotechnology, but the book is more a game of recognizing constant references to older science fiction greats (of which Larry Niven was one) and science fiction fandom as an elite group. [Niven wrote another book in which SF fans save the day.] This book also interjects a rejection of the idea of climate change although it's totally irrelevant to the plot.
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