Quantico by Greg Bear:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Excellent near-future novel about the dangers (both technological and political) of global bio-terrorism. Several new students at Quantico, the famed FBI school, get a baptism-by-fire graduation. Highly recommended. (Note: this book is substantially similar to the novel published in the UK in 2005; according to the author, a different picture is presented of the Amerithrax anthrax event.) Read an interview with Greg Bear on Quantico. Select an invention:

Bubble-Gum Pylon

Cop Block - patrol officer's friend

Max Detention (Virtual Counsel) - I ob-b-b-b-ject!

Midge

Orbital Weapon Lancet (OWL) - watch the skies

OSMO (Osmic Mobile Observers)

Remotely Operated Auto-targeting Gun (ROAG) - I see you

WAGD Germ Detector - handy hand-held

Weapon Sound Tracker - I hear you

 

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