The Freeze-Frame Revolution

Peter Watts

How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what best for you? Sunday Ahzmundin is about to find out.


The Freeze-Frame Revolution

by Peter Watts

ISBN: Print: 978-1-61696-252-4 Digital: 978-1-61696-010-0

Published: June 2018

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital Books


She believed in the mission with all her heart.
But that was sixty million years ago.

How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what best for you?

Sunday Ahzmundin is about to find out.

Praise for The Freeze-Frame Revolution

“In The Freeze-Frame Revolution, Peter Watts takes us millions of years into the future and hundreds of light-years away, where an isolated fragment of humanity must confront exotic physics, unfathomable entities, and the unforeseen consequences of their own technologies. But it is a profoundly human story about people, people not unlike us, under inescapable stress. A brilliant, thoughtful story bursting with radical ideas.”
David D. Levine, author of the Andre Norton Award-winning Arabella of Mars trilogy

“A gripping story of a deep human futurethe dependent relationship between human and AI tangles and grows with the delicious creep of suspense to the very last page. Watts is a poet when it comes to science. A pleasure to read.”
—Justina Robson, author of Keeping it Real

The Freeze Frame Revolution is the purest driven high concept SF . . . as vivid and carnal and profane as the headiest of high-end literature.”
Richard Morgan, author of Altered Carbon

“Watts takes familiar-seeming SF tropes and accelerates them towards lightspeed, until they become something chillingly other. A gripping tale where galactic timescales collide with biology and age-old human dilemmas.”
Hannu Rajaniemi, author of Summerland and The Quantum Thief

 “Fast, rich, and cool—The Freeze-Frame Revolution fascinates!”
—Greg Bear, author of Eon and Take Back the Sky

The Freeze-Frame Revolution is a slow-motion rebellion as heart-stopping as any roller coaster ride and will delight readers across the science fiction spectrum. It was a joy to read and I found myself unable to put it down once I got started.”
K. B. Wagers, author of Before the Throne and the forthcoming Farian War trilogy

“Peter Watts is a triple threat: exacting hard science extrapolation, an imagination that runs hot enough to give you contact burns, and a gift for thrusting his characters in situations that will expand the mind while shattering even the most guarded of reader hearts. In The Freeze-Frame Revolution, he puts a handful of fragile human beings into a mind-bending, explosive and utterly inhuman situation, and lights a ten-thousand year fuse. Unforgettable!”
A. M. Dellamonica, author of Indigo Springs

About the author

Peter Watts is a former marine biologist and a current science-fiction author. His debut novel in the Rifters series, (Starfish) was a New York Times Notable Book, while the fourth book (Blindsight) has become a required text in undergraduate courses ranging from philosophy to neuroscience, and was a finalist for numerous North American genre awards. His shorter work, including Beyond the Rift, has received the Shirley Jackson, Hugo, and Aurora awards. Watts’s work is available in twenty languages and has been cited as inspirational to several popular video games. He lives in Toronto.

Praise for Beyond the Rift

“A new book from crazy genius Watts is always cause for celebration—and this collection of short stories brings together some of his greatest work, including his mind-altering retelling of The Thing called “The Things.” Known for his pitch-black views on human nature, and a breathtaking ability to explore the weird side of evolution and animal behavior, Watts is one of those writers who gets into your brain and remains lodged there like an angry, sentient tumor.”
—io9 (Fall 2013 Must-Read Pick)

“Canadian author Peter Watts is a biologist by training and a visionary by inclination. His novels are hard-edged yet coolly psychedelic extrapolations of our gene-modded future. Possessing the stern moral acuity of James Tiptree, he also exhibits the intellectual zest of Arthur C. Clarke…. His killer opening sentences (“First Contact was supposed to solve everything”; “Wescott was glad when it finally stopped breathing”) are rabbit holes to strange futures.”
Paul Di Fillipo, The Barnes & Noble Review

“From the award-winning author of the Rifters trilogy (StarfishMaelstromBehemoth) comes a collection that demonstrates Watts’s skill with short fiction.”
Library Journal

“[A] sharp and incisive stylist with a rather tragic, if clear-eyed, view of human nature, and the capacity for some remarkable hard-SF inventions.”
—Gary K. Wolfe, Locus

“[T]here can be no denying Watts’s skills as a writer.”
Publishers Weekly

“”…deep, daring, and deliberately thoughtful. He’s an author who isn’t afraid to stare off into the bleakness of space and ponder our own insignificance, but one who also isn’t afraid to look inward and question the very core of what makes us human…Beyond the Rift is deep, daring, and deliberately thoughtful”
Beauty in Ruins

“5/5 Stars I’m not usually one for short story collections; normally I usually like one or two stories and then chuck the rest. But this one is freaking amazing. One story better than the next…It is far and away the best science fiction collection I’ve read in years.”
Among the Wreckage

“A wonderful collection of unique stories, Beyond the Rift had all the cogs in my brain whirring at full power.”
My Shelf Confessions

“Excellent stories that highlight the author’s versatility and strengths in writing science fiction.”
SF Signal

“Holding himself to a higher standard of storytelling, Watts uses the effects of mainstream sci-fi, yet continually aims at something deeper in humanity and society’s soul.”

“ [Beyond the Rift] was provocative and extremely well written. This is one of those collections that I think benefits from reflection after each story, and most of the stories will cry out for rereading in the future. Excellent collection  –  Very Highly Recommended.”
She Walks Softly

“Watts ranges from huge-scale ideas (“The Island,” with a living membrane surrounding a star) to the immediate (what if airport scanners grew sophisticated enough to detect even potential criminals, in “The Eyes of God”)? He asks the questions that the best science fiction writers ask, but that the rest of us may be afraid to answer.”
Chicago Tribune

“…one of the best short story collections I have ever read.  Every story is engaging, interesting, and thought provoking.”
The MT Void

Praise for Starfish

“No one has taken this premise to such pitiless lengths—and depths—as Watts.”
New York Times (A New York Times Notable Book)

“Fizzing with ideas and glued together with dark psychological tensions: an exciting debut.”

“Watts makes a brilliant debut with a novel that is part undersea adventure, part psychological thriller, and wholly original.”

Praise for Blindsight

“Intellectually challenging hard science fiction.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Watts continues to challenge readers with his imaginative plots and superb storytelling.”
Library Journal

“Far better than anything in the warmed over sci-fi of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. Too bad the literary types who drooled over that one won’t give Watts a try.”
Ottawa Citizen

“It seems clear that every second Peter Watts is not actually writing must be spent reading, out at the cutting edge of all the sciences and all the arts at once.”
—Spider Robinson

“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.”
Edmonton Journal

“A shocking and mesmerizing performance, a tour-de-force of provocative and often alarming ideas. It is a rare novel that has the potential to set science fiction on an entirely new course. Blindsight is such a book.”
—Karl Schroeder

“Peter Watts amps up the sensawunda throughout the book. This is a very ambitious story, very successfully done. As a novel, it’s gripping enough that my last-weekend glance to fill in details became a complete rereading. Rare, that, but this is a rare book.”
San Diego Union-Tribune

Blindsight is fearless: a magnificent, darkly gleaming jewel of a book that hurdles the contradictions inherent in biochemistry, consciousness, and human hearts without breaking stride.”
—Elizabeth Bear

Blindsight scores over Watts’s earlier books—and, indeed, most SF around these days—in its narrative drive, the sustained urgency of its telling. It’s a dense but astonishingly readable book…. [Watts is] one of the two or three best hard SF writers around, and this is his finest book to date.”

Blindsight does, among other things, what hard SF should aspire to but in fact so rarely achieves: demonstrate the literary value of a scientific worldview.”

Visit the Peter Watts website.