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The Art of Alchemy: 05/30/08
The first story in the June issue of FSF is "The Art of Alchemy" by Ted Kosmatka. It is a high tech corporate espionage story that promises to revolutionize the modern world.
The protagonist isn't your typical mystery/thriller hero. He describes himself thus: "It's mostly math I do, and something close to metallurgy." (page 6) His skills at metallurgy come into play when he and his girl friend are given a chance to buy proof of a carbon nanotube longer than ever before created and the formula for creating these nanotubes.
These nanotubes will revolutionize the construction of all sorts of things from airplanes, medical equipment, protective clothing, weapons and so forth. If a company could control the patents behind the technology. The company in question will do anything to suppress the technology including killing off the competition. Can the alchemist survive?
I enjoyed this story. It was a good combination of a straight up thriller and a speculative fiction.
Thanks for the kind words on the story. I'm glad you seemed to like it.
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