The Wellstone

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The Wellstone
The Wellstone - bookcover.JPG
First edition cover
Author Wil McCarthy
Country United States
Language English
Series The Queendom of Sol
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Bantam Spectra
Publication date
March 4, 2003
Pages 368 pp.
ISBN 0-553-58446-4
Preceded by The Collapsium
Followed by Lost in Transmission

The Wellstone is a 2003 hard science fiction novel by Wil McCarthy. It was the first sequel to 2000's The Collapsium, starting what was to become a four-part Queendom of Sol series.


In it McCarthy explores the lives of immorbid humans in the near future. Nanotechnology has created wellstone, programmable matter that can emulate nearly any other form of matter,[1] and nanotech fax machines that can not only fabricate objects on demand, but store and retrieve human bodies (with minds intact), cure disease or reverse aging, or be used as teleporters. Ultradense exotic matter known as collapsium makes gravity engineering and faster-than-light communication possible. Humanity has formed a solar system-wide society based on monarchy.

Many of the technologies in this novel are also described in McCarthy's 2003 nonfiction book, Hacking Matter.


  1. ^ "Book review", Spectrum, IEEE, June 2003