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John's Nano action screenplay (based upon his tech-thriller Nano novel) is currently a finalist (top 10 of over 5,000 entries) in the 2007 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the organization which awards the Oscars). The official announcement will be made in early October. John can be contacted at: jrobATjohnrobertmarlow.com (replace "AT" with "@" before sending).
There is a current online bio here (updated October 5, 2007).
Considering a story on nanotechnology, the Nano novel or its author? You'll find most of the resources you need right here. Use the speed menu for one-stop access to all media resources on this site. Resources which do not appear on this page are linked and described below.
"Marlow's Nano is plausible, scientifically accurate,
the most important piece of fiction written to date."
Rocky Rawstern, Editor, Nanotechnology Now
"Marlow's debut is a real page-turner." Kirkus Reviews
"[Nanotechnology is] a development which I think cannot be avoided."
Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate (physics) [1q]
"Military applications of molecular manufacturing [nanotechnology] have even greater potential than nuclear weapons to radically change the balance of power."
Admiral David E. Jeremiah, Vice-Chairman (ret.), U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff [2q]
"The impact of nanotechnology on health, wealth, and lives of people will be at least the equivalent of the combined influences of microelectronics, medical imaging, computer-aided engineering and man-made polymers [plastics] developed in this century."
Richard Smalley, Nobel laureate (chemistry) [3q]
"The Administration is making this major new initiative, called the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), a top priority."
White House Press Release [4q]
"Nanotechnology is...different than...the Manhattan Project... it's particularly possible for countries that are not as well-funded as the United States to be major players in this area."
Richard Smalley, Nobel laureate (chemistry) [5q]
"Somewhere in the back of my mind I still have this picture of five smart guys from Somalia or some other nondeveloped nation who see the opportunity to change the world. To turn the world upside-down."
Admiral David E. Jeremiah, Vice-Chairman (ret.), U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff [6q]
"Chinese military specialists urge the development of 'magic weapons' that would allow an 'inferior to defeat a superior enemy.' .... The report quotes General Pan Jungfeng as calling the United States 'the enemy'"
Gannett News Service [7q]
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clarke [8q]
"One way or the other, this will be the final technology. Nano makes possible the realization of Mankind's noblest aspirationsand his darkest nightmares."
John Robert Marlow [9q]
"Most dangerously, for the first time, these accidents and abuses are widely within the reach of individuals or small groups....this destructiveness hugely amplified by the power of self-replication. I think it is no exaggerration to say we are on the cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil, an evil which spreads well beyond that which weapons of mass destruction bequeathed to the nation-states, on to a surprising and terrible empowerment of extreme individuals.... An immediate consequence of the Faustian bargain in obtaining the great power of nanotechnology is that we run a grave riskthe risk that we may destroy the bisphere on which all life depends... The last chance to assert controlthe fail-safe pointis rapidly approaching."
Bill Joy [10q]
"Hydrogen bombs were children's toys; this, is a weapon."
John Marrek [11q]
Interesting personalities in and around the field; possible interview subjects.
Robert A. Freitas, Jr.: Author of Nanomedicine, the definitive four-volume work on the medical applications of nanotechnology and medical nanorobotics; author of the first detailed technical design study of a medical nanorobot (RespirocytesA Mechanical Artificial Red Cell: Exploratory Design in Medical Nanotechnology); author of several additional works including (with co-author Ralph C. Merkle) Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines; research fellow, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing; research scientist and molecular assembler design consultant with pioneering nanotech company Zyvex. Freitas bio, c.v., photo, and contact info.
John Robert Marlow: Journalist, screenwriter, and author of the book Nano (recipient of the Nanotechnology Now Editor's Choice Award), which explores nanotech's wildest possibilties. Why is this guy listed here? Simple: Scientists have to worry about securing funding, gaining tenure, offending colleagues, and playing politics with Washingtonwhich often leads to conservative, play-it-safe opinions (witness the Smalley spectacle). Author Marlow is unafraid to delve into nanotech's wild side: immortality, nanoweapons, pollution reversal, space colonizationthe wonderful and the terrifying things this final technology can do for us, and to us. Marlow bio. Available for interview; contact: jrobATjohnrobertmarlow.com (replace "AT" with "@" before sending).
Christine Peterson: Co-founder and president of the world's leading nanotech organization, the nonprofit Foresight Institute; co-author of Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution; director of the Foresight Conferences on Molecular Nanotechnology; organizer of the Feynman Prize in nanotechnology; chairman of the Foresight gatherings. Peterson bio, photo, contact info.
Rocky Rawstern: Editor of Nanotechnology Now, NanoNews-Now, and NanoNews Digest; Foresight Senior Associate. Nanotechnology Now is one-stop shopping for the latest news in disruptive technologies like nanotech, MEMs, NEMs, quantum computing, and molecular biology. The news publications offer even more detailed information to subscribers. Rawstern photo, contact info.
Richard E. Smalley: Nobel laureate (chemistry; 1996) for his co-discovery of Buckminsterfullerines or buckytubes, a third allotrope of carbon; " of the Rice Quantum Institute; professor, Rice University. Lately notable for consistently stating that molecular assemblersthe Holy Grail of nanotechnologyare impossible while refusing (despite public challenges from Drexler) to provide the vaguest shred of science-based evidence in support of his claims, which employ such colorful phrases as "childish fantasy," "fuzzy-minded," "fat fingers," "scared our children," "pretend world," and "monster" (for full details see Point/CounterpointNanotechnology: Drexler and Smalley Make the Case For and Against Molecular Assemblers (from Chemical & Engineering News, December 1, 2003), the Foresight Institute press release of December 1, 2003: Nobel Winner Smalley Responds To Drexler's Challenge: Fails To Defend National Nanotech Policy, FI's Is the Revolution Real? Debating the Future of Nanotechnology, and CRN's Of Chemistry, Nanobots, and Policy). Smalley bio, c.v., photo, and contact info. [DECEASED]
To speed page-load times, this document is located on a separate nanofaq page. Provides a quick overview of nanotech basics, capabilities, and dangers.
A list of major events on a nano timeline will appear in this space soon.
Important groups focusing on nanotech; potential information sources.
A list of nano organizations will appear in this space soon. Many are already listed on the nanolinks page.
Excerpts, review quotes, plot summary, publication info, cover images and more may be found on the Nano novel page.
Recent nanotech-related headlines will appear in this space soon.
To speed page-load times, this document is located on a separate nanolinks page. Updated weekly.
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