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“Nano” by Mike Manning
A new law mandating the public’s use of nanotechnology meets resistance from hacktivists who are conspiring to thwart the impending roll-out of a dangerous hardware upgrade.
In the near future, advances in biotechnology have bridged the gap between man and machine. Developed by ASPIRE, a seemingly benevolent corporation inspired by the likes of Apple and Google, “Nanos” are microscopic, probe-like machines that have the ability to interact with human DNA and alter expressions of the genome within seconds of entering the bloodstream. For the purpose of health or “bio-maintenance,” they have the ability to alter the body’s autonomic systems and metabolic rates, regulate fat and/or muscle production, and even slow the aging process. They also allow for fun, non-essential “bio-mods,” such as the ability to change one’s hair color, raise one’s adrenaline, or even enhance one’s pleasure during sex.
ZOLEE, a member of an underground network of hackers who are conspiring to thwart the impending roll-out of the government mandated “Nano 2.0,” intends to steal classiﬁed data pertaining to Aspire’s new government contract. But in order to do so, she must access the Aspire Nano Network using the login credentials of MAX ROTH, a corrupt agent with the Biotechnology Crime Division (BCD). His connection to the Aspire Network is biometrically encrypted, accessible only via a key that’s docked to his arm–a hardlined connection to his own Nanos. Posing as a prostitute, Zolee hopes to seduce Roth (a known deviant with pension for Nano app-enhanced sex), distracting and ultimately subduing him so that she may hack into his account and steal the sensitive data. This proves to be easier said than done during an intense game of cat and mouse, leading to an exciting showdown that pits Zolee against the sadistic BCD Agent.
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