After a long time spent reading about magic and supernatural monsters, I felt it was about time to go back to my old friend science-fiction.
Also, my birthday just passed and I had this wonderful present: the last Crichton novel.
The book is ‘Micro’, the unfinished novel that Richard Preston was so brilliant to bring to conclusion.
Quick question: what is that pops into your mind when you think about insects?
Those little, annoying, most of the times disgusting bugs that you see crawling on the floor. Those you can easily kill, just stomping your foot on them.
You probably never stopped to think about what fascinating and sofisticated creatures they are.
What deadly creatures they can be.
The micro-world under your feet is one of the most complex and undiscovered sides of nature. Possibly the most fascinating of them all.
Extremely resourceful as it is, the micro-world is like a scientific Wonderland for researchers.
Though there is a tiny problem about it: it’s tiny.
It might be (relatively) easy to explore the habits of mammals – so big and noticeable, you can even install a tracking device on them.
Not so easy it might be to study wasps, spiders or mites, since humans can’t really track them* or closely observe them in their natural environment.
It’s too tiny.
Now, let’s say there is some technology that allows you to shrink whatever you want – objects, robots, even humans.
Let’s say a company owns that technology and it’s sending micro-humans into the micro-world, to explore and research into it.
Let’s say seven students – without any kind of training or preparation – are thrown into that micro-world, after being shrunk to half an inch of stature.
Let’s say they have to find a way out before their bodies give up – side effect of the shrinking process.
All of this in the tropical forest in Hawaii, a cradle of unknown, minuscule, deadly insects, arachnids and much more.
And you want to know the most upsetting thing of them all? There’s nothing even slightly exaggerated in the way Crichton describes the cruelty of each and every one of them.
After all, they are only struggling for survival.
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*A little remark here: actually it’s possible to put some nano-tracking devices on wasps and spiders. Still nothing goes on mites, though.