By Kathleen Ann Goonan
Nanotech Quartet 
Nominated - Nebula 2000, Nominated - Locus SciFi 2001
Note, it is a prequel to Queen urban Jazz
This is the way it begins...
...with the Silence, born of mysterious, space-originated phenomena that render Earth's dominant applied sciences dead -- inspiring paranoia and alien invasion fears inside of mystery govt businesses, which, in flip, motivate repressive activities opposed to a perceived enemy populace.
...and with murder, as New Orleans mob boss and voudoun queen, Marie Laveau, dies in a hail of gunfire -- and is remade in the course of the wonders of nanotechnology.
In a brand new international that necessity has transfigured -- a thrilling, seething stew of microscopic equipment and genetic engineering; of totalinarianism, eco-terrorism and violence -- Marie Laveau's starvation for vengance is giving approach to anything greater.
For future has named her savior of the outcasts, the opressed, the crazies, the hunted and the Silence's mutant young ones, who all flock to her dream of a destiny as candy as an Ellington riff...and a secure haven known as Crescent urban.
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