Archform: Beauty

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Modesitt, L. E., Jr. Archform: Beauty. NYC: Tor, 2002. For reprints, tags, and reviews, see Internet Speculative Fiction Database, as of November 2023, available here.[1]

Tags on ISFDb include "nanotechnology," and in her review of the novel in SFRA Review #265 (July-Sept. 2003): 19-20, Miriam Jones tells us that in this work "Modesitt creates a society dependent upon nanotechnology" and includes a class or caste of "'permies': felons permanently altered by nanotechnology so that they must tell the truth" (p. 19). For the truth-telling, cf. and strongly contrast Robert Abernathy's story, "Grandma's Lie Soap" (Fantastic Universe Feb. 1956), anthologized SF: The Year's Greatest Science-Fiction and Fantasy: Second Annual Volume, ed. Judith Merrill (NYC: Dell, 1957); In Erlich's memory, when Grandma's special ingredient(s) get(s) out into the human world, there are big changes from all that truth-telling.


RDE, finishing, 19Nov23