Quantico by Greg Bear:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Excellent near-future novel about the dangers (both technological and political) of global bio-terrorism. Several new students at Quantico, the famed FBI school, get a baptism-by-fire graduation. Highly recommended. (Note: this book is substantially similar to the novel published in the UK in 2005; according to the author, a different picture is presented of the Amerithrax anthrax event.) Read an interview with Greg Bear on Quantico. Select an invention:

Bubble-Gum Pylon
Device used to capture entire vehicles in car chases.

Cop Block - patrol officer's friend
A device that allows law enforcement officers to shut down the engine of a suspect's car or truck.

Max Detention (Virtual Counsel) - I ob-b-b-b-ject!
A software implementation of a lawyer; an artificially intelligent legal advisor.

Midge
A very small flapping wing UAV that can be carried by a larger flying device.

Orbital Weapon Lancet (OWL) - watch the skies
A kinetic energy weapon placed in Earth orbit.

OSMO (Osmic Mobile Observers)
UAV with the ability to "smell" their human quarry.

Remotely Operated Auto-targeting Gun (ROAG) - I see you
A weapon able to pick out its own targets; it's action can be remotely initiated.

WAGD Germ Detector - handy hand-held
A hand-held biohazard analyzer.

Weapon Sound Tracker - I hear you
Locate an enemy by the sound of gunfire.

 

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