In the Rifters Trilogy, award-winning author Peter Watts depicts a bleak, post-apocalyptic world where the fortune of civilization rests on the backs of its outcasts. Recruiting people from the dregs of society, the Rifters program attracts those used to harsh environmental conditions similar to what they’ll face on the job: maintaining the world’s power generators three kilometers under the Pacific Ocean. Of the first book in the series, science fiction writer Robert Sheckley says Starfish, “drives like a futuristic locomotive.”
Peter Watts is a former marine biologist, flesh-eating-disease survivor and convicted felon whose novels—despite an unhealthy focus on space vampires—have become required texts for university courses ranging from Philosophy to Neuropsychology.
His work is available in 21 languages, has appeared in over 350 best-of-year anthologies, and been nominated for over 50 awards in a dozen countries. His (somewhat shorter) list of 20 actual wins includes the Hugo, the Shirley Jackson, and the Seiun.
Peter is the author of the Rifters novels (Starfish, Maelstrom) and the Firefall series (Blindsight, Echopraxia).