By Kathleen Ann Goonan
Nanotech Quartet 
Nominated - Nebula 2003, Nominated - Locus SciFi 2003
Once the area labored otherwise -- ahead of "the Silence" from area quieted the airwaves.
Once there has been a haven known as Crescent urban, outfitted during the wonders of nanotechnology to move its enlightened population into the cosmos. yet humanity has failed the city.
Dania Cooper, an excellent scientist and resilient survivor, and Jason Peabody, a recipient of the DNA-altering virus affecting a impressive few who have been born on the Silence's onset, needs to now flee the sentient city -- embarking on a strange odyssey throughout a deadly, unrecognizable panorama of tragically "youngening" kids, of plague-ravaged people in foreboding "flower cities," of wide awake machines and speaking animals. For an international that's not because it was once is close to yet one more stunning transformation -- both by means of grand layout or random cosmic coincidence.