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Peter Watts

Canada (b.1958)

Peter Watts calls himself "a reformed marine biologist." Canada's Globe and Mail calls him "one of the very best hard-SF writers alive." The two volumes of ßehemoth complete the trilogy he began with Starfish and Maelstrom. He is currently writing an unrelated literary novel involving space vampires for Tor. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Genres: Science Fiction
   1. Starfish (1999)
   2. Maelstrom (2001)
   3. Behemoth: B-Max (2004)
   4. Behemoth: Seppuku (2005)
   1. Blindsight (2006)
   2. Echopraxia (2014)
Series contributed to
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2000) : Starfish
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2007) : Blindsight
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2015) : Echopraxia
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2019) : The Freeze-Frame Revolution

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vN (2012)
(Machine Dynasty, book 1)
Madeline Ashby
"Picks up where Blade Runner left off and maps territories Ridley Scott barely even glimpsed. (Philip K Dick would have been at home here, but Ashby's prose is better.) vN might just be the most piercing interrogation of humanoid AI since Asimov kicked it all off with the Three Laws."
Lotus Blue (2017)
Cat Sparks
"Forget the Mad Max comparisons: Sparks is far more ambitious than that. Lotus Blue is A Canticle for Leibowitz by way of Neuromancer."
Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach (2018)
Kelly Robson
"The far future, the distant past. Time travel, bioengineering, office politics-- and ecological consulting. How could I not love this?"
Nucleation (2020)
Kimberly Unger
"Forget your wide-eyed explorers, your prime directives, your philosophical debates. Forget all of Humanity nobly uniting in the face of the Unknown; our response to First Contact is far more likely to consist of mutual backstabbing in pursuit of the upper hand. Nucleation starts a clever journey down that less-traveled road, and passes through some fascinating territory en route."
Robot Artists and Black Swans (2021)
Bruce Sterling
"Bruce Sterling 'literally' takes you to Hell and back and back in this sprawling, delirious tour of an Italy jarred just slightly off-kilter, parallel universe, nineteenth-century terrorists and bicephalous recluses, cigar-smoking mummies and wandering performance artists who happen to be wheelchairs."
The Revelations (2021)
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"Dense, literary, and hallucinogenic, The Revelations is an impassioned argument over beers and amphetamines. It will be stuck in my brain for some time to come."
Rosebud (2022)
Paul Cornell
"A scream disguised as a giggle. Reading Rosebud is like going on an absurdist romp through a sunlit meadow with Douglas Adams, only to suddenly realize that you're deep in the forest and ol' Dougie has just slipped a knife between your ribs."

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