Grey Goo and You by Derek Austin Johnson

Published: 2013 in Rayguns Over Texas

Genre: science fiction

Setting: Lincoln, Nebraska, near future

Interest: I was provided a copy of the anthology and I’m slowly reviewing all the stories in it.

Summary: There has been an accident with nanotech fabricators in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fullerdyne, the company in charge of the nanotech, provides a series of web-based updates on the situation as they try to contain the nanotech devices and hopefully return the city to its former glory.

Final thoughts: This story was interesting because of the nonstandard format in which it was presented. The reader is presented with what looks like a series of webpages, including hyperlinks, and emails. You can see the situation slowly getting worse as the updates progress, but of course, Fullerdyne does not accept responsibility for the incident, at least until the courts make a final decision on the evidence. The story would have been even better if it had been online with working hyperlinks, instead of just font changes that are interpreted as links. In particular, the denouement was lost because it was only a link that was nonfunctional.

Title comes from: One of the big fears of using nanotech fabricators is that they will run amok and turn everything into grey goo. Apparently, this has actually happened in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Fullerdyne is trying to prevent the grey goo from spreading.

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