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The Bohr Maker by Linda Nagata is a powerful book about how our world coincides with technology. The main character, Nikko is the first genetically engineered human to live in space, which should be revolutionary and praised by everyone, but instead his permit of existence is about to expire and he becomes a fugitive. While Nikko is on the run, he is searching for the Bohr Maker, the only thing that will re-program him and help him survive. The Bohr Maker is just as impressive as Nikko himself. The Bohr Maker makes use of nanotechnology, one specific scene being when they make “fluff”, a substance that they can safely eat. During Nikko’s pursuit for the Bohr Maker, something goes wrong and the machine ends up infecting Phousita, and she now becomes an unintentional fugitive along with Nikko. The Commonwealth police are now after both of them, when in reality they have done nothing wrong.
Reading this made me think about what we talked about in class, touching on how we make these great technological advances but at some point they become overwhelming and we do everything in our power to eradicate them. For example when the first iPhone came out, everyone felt the need to buy one and stay up to date. Although we thought that this technology would bring us closer, it has only driven us farther apart. We now have problems communicating with each other, and people are desperate to get rid of the iPhone and go back to the way things were. Similarly, Nikko was created and then quickly not wanted any more. This just goes to show that no matter how far we will go with our technological advances, there is always a drawback that at some point will need to be reversed.