Margaret Atwood and the Hierarchy of Contempt

Margaret Atwood and the Hierarchy of Contempt by Peter Watts

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First published summer 2003 in On Spec 15(2): 3-5.

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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.