“Anything before you’re thirty-five is new and exciting, and anything after that is proof that the world’s going to hell.”
Excellent. Hard science fiction that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go. A haunting tale about the government trying to protect us from ourselves. The premise is that for the last fifty years an increasingly powerful bureau of the federal government has been identifying and sequestering scientific breakthroughs–and their inventors–because such inventions, no matter how beneficial, might dispute society.
Good development, pace and storytelling–even though it opens with twenty pages of techno-babble.
Interestingly, that the rest of the government tries to contain the rogue bureau without telling, much less involving, the elected branches because they hold the people and their representatives in as low esteem as does the Bureau of Technology Control.
Quibble: one gravity of upward attraction shouldn’t break “diamond nanorods.”
Even apparently “bad” people–some of them–may repent of their evil and sacrifice themselves for the good. Recent research suggests that the “civic gene”, or at least a disposition to self-sacrifice on behalf of the greater good, does exist.
“We don’t know what we don’t know until we know.”