Friday, August 21, 2015

Just a reminder: Blindsight is free (legally so)

Peter Watts' Blindsight is probably my favorite science fiction novel of the 21st century (Neal Stephenson's Anthem is a close second). The official synopsis begs the question: Who do you send to meet the aliens when they arrive?

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. . . .

Yes, there's hard science fiction and a vampire in Blindsight, because Blindsight is fucking insane. I haven't read the sequel yet, but I'm kind of saving it until I get around to rereading Blindsight. Books like this just don't come around very often.

Get the entire novel, free, here.

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