Blindsight

Peter Watts

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The Hugo Award–nominated novel by “a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive.” The Globe and Mail
 
Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since—until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who should we send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn’t want to meet?
 
Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder and a biologist so spliced with machinery that he can’t feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they’ve been sent to find—but you’d give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them. . . .

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Chapter One
Blood makes noise.
 —Suzanne Vega
 
Imagine you are Siri Keeton.
 
You wake in an agony of resurrection, gasping after a record-shattering bout of sleep apnea spanning one hundred forty days. You can feel your blood, syrupy with dobutamine and leuenkephalin, forcing its way through arteries shriveled by months on standby. The body inflates in painful increments: blood vessels dilate, flesh peels apart from flesh, ribs crack in your ears with sudden unaccustomed flexion. Your joints have seized up through disuse.

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“A brilliant piece of work, one that will delight fans of hard science fiction, but will also demonstrate to literary fans that contemporary science fiction is dynamic and fascinating literature that demands to be read.” —The Edmonton Journal 

“Watts explores the nature of consciousness in this stimulating hard SF novel, which combines riveting action with a fascinating alien environment. Watts puts a terrifying and original spin on the familiar alien contact story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Astonishingly readable book. . . .  [Watts is] one of the two or three best hard SF writers around, and this is his finest book to date.” —Interzone

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Peter Watts lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Hugo Award - Nominee, John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Third Place

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
March 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765319647
ISBN10: 0765319640
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$16.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
October 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429955195
ISBN10: 1429955198
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$2.99
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