Echopraxia

Echopraxia by Peter Watts

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Prepare for a different kind of singularity in this follow-up to the Hugo-nominated novel Blindsight It`s the eve of the twenty-second century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven and evangelicals make scientific breakthroughs by speaking in tongues; where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans and soldiers come with zombie switches that shut off self-awareness during combat. And it’s all under surveillance by an alien presence that refuses to show itself. Daniel Bruks is a living fossil: a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational, a cat`s-paw used by terrorists to kill thousands. Taking refuge in the Oregon desert, he’s turned his back on a humanity that shatters into strange new subspecies with every heartbeat. But he awakens one night to find himself at the center of a storm that will turn all of history inside-out. Now he’s trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. To his left is a grief-stricken soldier, obsessed by whispered messages from a dead son. To his right is a pilot who hasn’t yet found the man she`s sworn to kill on sight. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. And dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call “The Angels of the Asteroids.” Their pilgrimage brings Dan Bruks, the fossil man, face-to-face with the biggest evolutionary breakpoint since the origin of thought itself.

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Peter Watts (b.

1958) is a Canadian science fiction writer based in Toronto. His articles on the problems of marine mammals quickly gained recognition in scientific circles, but literary success did not come immediately, and Watte collected a whole "collection of refusals", mainly from the stronghold of solid science fiction - the magazine Analog. The most common reason for refusal was the "excessive negativity" of the works. However, Watts did not give up and continued to work on the table. In 1990, he wrote a short story "Niche" about the problems of marine ecology, career advancement and sexual abuse - and again gets rejected. Waving his hand at the American literary market, which he has tried in vain to conquer for nearly a decade, Watts, "to justify the expense of paper and tape for a typewriter", offers his prose to less spoiled Canadian publishers and becomes a celebrity overnight. In particular, the story "Niche" was not only instantly published, but also awarded the Auro...

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Peter Watts (b. 1958) is a Canadian science fiction writer based in Toronto. His articles on the problems of marine mammals quickly gained recognition in scientific circles, but literary success did not come immediately, and Watte collected a whole "collection of refusals", mainly from the stronghold of solid science fiction - the magazine Analog. The most common reason for refusal was the "excessive negativity" of the works. However, Watts did not give up and continued to work on the table. In 1990, he wrote a short story "Niche" about the problems of marine ecology, career advancement and sexual abuse - and again gets rejected. Waving his hand at the American literary market, which he has tried in vain to conquer for nearly a decade, Watts, "to justify the expense of paper and tape for a typewriter", offers his prose to less spoiled Canadian publishers and becomes a celebrity overnight. In particular, the story "Niche" was not only instantly published, but also awarded the Aurora Prize, after which it was reprinted many times in Canadian science fiction anthologies. Inspired by the success, Watts reworked Niche into Starfish (1999), which dazzled readers and critics with its extensive descriptions of the seabed, received positive reviews in the New York Times, and received a Special Award John W. Campbell. Watts is proud that Russian and German publishers refused to acquire the rights to translate his prose, calling it "too dark": after all, this has to be composed so that even Russians are frightened! The sequel to the novel "Starfish" followed in 2001, and in the new novel "Whirlpool" ("Maelstroth") the action takes place mostly on land. All works by Peter Watts are distributed under the Creative Commons license and are available for download in various formats from his website http://www.rifters.com. His blog is also located there.