The Goliath Stone

Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington

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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?

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There were parts of the original plan that had been inapplicable by the time the entities got the new rock moving. However, the basic principles were valuable, as in the case of using Mars to dump some excess velocity. Too much, as it turned out; there was atmospheric friction as the rock skimmed the planet. There was plenty of warning, and no entities were killed, but it put the rock into a trajectory that wouldn’t provide an opportunity to match up with Earth’s position for several orbits.
There was no hurry.

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Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington

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
Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Science Fiction
June 2014
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765368898
ISBN10: 0765368897
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 384 pages
$8.99

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Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
June 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765333230
ISBN10: 0765333236
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$24.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
June 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429960717
ISBN10: 142996071X
320 pages
$8.99
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