Daybreak Zero

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Daybreak Zero
AuthorJohn Barnes
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction novel
PublisherAce Hardcover
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover )
Preceded byDirective 51
Followed byThe Last President

Daybreak Zero is the title of a science fiction novel by John Barnes. It is the second of three books comprising the Daybreak series.


In the near future, a variety of groups with diverse aims, but an overlapping desire to end modern technological society (the "Big System") create a nanotech plague ("Daybreak") which both destroys rubber and plastics and eats away any metal conductors carrying electricity. An open question in the book is whether these groups, and their shared motivation, are coordinated by some conscious actor, or whether they are an emergent property / meme that attained a critical mass.