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27-Mar-Apr-2007
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Peter Watts
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A-BlindsightFebruary 13, 2082. With evidence of first contact hovering in Earth’s atmosphere—tens of thousands of "Fireflies," alien objects of mysterious origin—humankind goes in search of the source. Siri Keeton, a Synthesist rendered unable to feel emotion due to an epilepsy cure she had as a child, is one of a crew of altered humans aboard the Theseus. The crew also includes a genetically engineered vampire and various members with specialized skills enhanced by technology. Siri’s unique perspective makes comprehensible the bizarre scenes that unfold as the Theseus makes contact and the crew consider the implications of their discovery.
Tor. 384 pages. $25.95. ISBN: 0765312182

Livejournal 4.5 of 5 Stars
"This book was insanely good. It is the perfect example of what science fiction, and only science fiction can do." Jeremy Lassen

Sci Fi Weekly 4 of 5 Stars
"Watts … remains one of the most exacting hard SF writers in the field, with a meticulous approach to the science in his works. … In Siri Keeton, Watts has created an intriguing puzzle of a protagonist." A. M. Dellamonica

Sffworld.com 4 of 5 Stars
"Watts’s prose is so supersaturated with science that sometimes for me it was just a case of hanging on and hoping it will make sense. … If you like your SF filled with scientific jargon and deep philosophical debates, then this is about as good as you can get." Hobbit

TCM Reviews 3.5 of 5 Stars
"[Blindsight is] an exceptionally fine Book of Ideas, one that will have you thinking from page one. … Although there’s plenty of plot to go around, Watt’s characters are cool too—if not the type you’d like to have a drink in a bar with." Chris Gerrib

Critical Summary

By education a marine biologist, Peter Watts has established himself as an up-and-coming talent in hard science fiction. He has written four previous novels, including the Rifters Trilogy, though none have been as well received as Blindsight, which was a finalist for the Hugo, science fiction’s Pulitzer. The novel has created quite a stir among the notoriously discriminating fans of hard science fiction, who are impressed by Watts’s solid research, presentation, and engaging plotline. Blindsight calls to mind the work of Charles Stross, Neal Asher, Alastair Reynolds, and other SF writers of the first rank.