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''Chasm City'' is framed and largely written in the voice of [[Tanner Mirabel]], a security expert who has come to [[Chasm City]] to avenge the death of his former client's wife at the hands of a "postmortal" noble named [[Argent Reivich]].
 
''Chasm City'' is framed and largely written in the voice of [[Tanner Mirabel]], a security expert who has come to [[Chasm City]] to avenge the death of his former client's wife at the hands of a "postmortal" noble named [[Argent Reivich]].
   
Tanner arrives to find that [[Yellowstone]], the most advanced civilization in human history, has descended into squalor; an alien [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanotechnology nanotech] virus known as the [[Melding Plague]] has wreaked havoc throughout the system. [[Chasm City]], a dense forest of mile-high shapeshifting skyscrapers, has melted into a slum. The [[Glitter Band]], a sparkling diorama of ten thousand orbital habitats, has been reduced to a "[[Rust Belt]]" of a few hundred survivors, mostly primitive and pre-nanotech antiques.
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Tanner arrives to find that [[Yellowstone]], the most advanced civilization in human history, has descended into squalor; an alien [[nanotech]] virus known as the [[Melding Plague]] has wreaked havoc throughout the system. [[Chasm City]], a dense forest of mile-high shapeshifting skyscrapers, has melted into a slum. The [[Glitter Band]], a sparkling diorama of ten thousand orbital habitats, has been reduced to a "[[Rust Belt]]" of a few hundred survivors, mostly primitive and pre-nanotech antiques.
   
 
In this chaos of plague and desolation, Tanner seeks his prey, only to discover that Reivich is more clever than he originally thought. In the midst of his hunt, he begins experiencing virus-induced flashbacks from the life of [[Sky Haussmann]], the founder of his home world [[Sky's Edge]], who is both revered and reviled for the crimes he committed for his people.
 
In this chaos of plague and desolation, Tanner seeks his prey, only to discover that Reivich is more clever than he originally thought. In the midst of his hunt, he begins experiencing virus-induced flashbacks from the life of [[Sky Haussmann]], the founder of his home world [[Sky's Edge]], who is both revered and reviled for the crimes he committed for his people.
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