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In two separate posts, THE ANTISOCIAL SOCIALIST praises PETER WATTS IS AN ANGRY SENTIENT TUMOR.
Anyway, the essays. Peter Watts? Not a happy guy. Which is understandable as I’m 3/4 through the book and his brother and father have died, two of his cats died (described, of course, in the sort of visceral detail and grief that only a biologist-turned-author can manage), he’s contracted flesh-eating disease, he accidentally dissolved a toad in Drano, and the world is ending. This is what I mean about maybe not being the right thing for me to read right now.THE ANTISOCIAL SOCIALIST
This said, it’s really good.
Pretty much what I said last week—funny, scathing, and depressing as fuck.THE ANTISOCIAL SOCIALIST
While looking back over their reads of 2019, BEER RANTS AND BOOKS were remind how much they enjoyed Peter Watts’ THE FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION and wanted to explore more of the Sunflower Cycle. So far, they’ve reviewed two of the stories: “Hotshots” and “The island” (The latter appears in the BEYOND THE RIFT)
Moving on from that, what I enjoyed most about this particular work was its psychological profile of Sunday and the very long view of it takes of human development from the perspective of people about to become outside observers. There was also an interesting look at technology here as well, specifically at its uses and limitations and what room these leave for human action and agency in an age of highly advanced artificial intelligence. There was a whole lot of this content packed into a mere 23 pages and that was definitely more than enough to inspire me to read on!Book Review: Hotshot, by Peter Watts (Sunflower Cycle)
I’ll keep this post short and sweet and close by saying that this was an absolutely brilliant short and one that I highly recommend. That this story managed to pack so much depth into such a small amount of space is truly amazing and something that must be read to truly appreciate.Book Review: The Island, by Peter Watts (Sunflower Cycle)
Tachyon tidbits featuring Peter Watts, Jacob Weisman, David Sandner, Marie Brennan, and Carrie Vaughn
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Profanity is completely appropriate when examining the economic equations that keep cops shooting unarmed black folks. Or when acknowledging the deliberate ignorance with which religious fundamentalists respond to logical arguments against their beliefs. Or when adding up the costs of blithely ignoring the doomful extrapolations SFFH offers concerning global pandemics and climate change. Illustrations in the style of caution-sign icons, at times grim, at times hilarious, mostly both, accompany fifty essays in which Watts does all of the above and more. Like cheering on the Zika virus and experimenting with LSD. (Not at the same time.)
Plus in the opening bit of the next review, Shawl says this:
Peter Watts has written and published a dozen brilliant books; Riot Baby (Tor.com) is Tochi Onyebuchi’s incandescent adult debut.
The characterization here is superb, with all the players leaping off the page with subtle grace. The evocation of the period is spot-on, subtle and not overdone. The parallel worlds of boxing and jazz extend fine tendrils of correlation into each other. The doings of the actors are multivalent and authentic. And the unreductionist climax rings true. All in all, a wonderful accomplishment, not alone for sentences such as “I looked at Mingus. He had changed, his impossibly spotted neck bent almost to breaking as he loomed over us over us… [as he] moved his hooves along the strings….”The team behind this charming, low-key but powerful tale—David Sandner & Jacob Weisman—blend their voices beautifully into an organic whole that reminds me of the tonality of John Kessel or Karen Joy Fowler.
James Davis Nicoll in his TOR.COM piece Five Sword-Wielding Women in SFF included works from Marie Brennan and Carrie Vaughn.
Recently I noticed an angry person on the internet expressing outrage at the very idea of women, any women, being able to use a sword. Frankly, it’s an objection that’s too stupid for words. While one could certainly respond by mentioning, for example, the Trưng sisters, Madame de Saint-Baslemont, and of course the flamboyantly bisexual and dangerous Julie d’Aubigny, let’s do what we do best, here, and talk about some of the excellent books featuring swordswomen.
2019 Locus Recommended Reading List includes titles from Lisa Goldstein, Kameron Hurley, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Hannu Rajaniemi & Jacob Weisman, and Peter Watts
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LOCUS released their annual recommended reading list. Tachyon is proud to have several selections including Lisa Goldstein’s IVORY APPLES, Kameron Hurley’s MEET ME IN THE FUTURE, THE VERY BEST OF CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN, Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman‘s THE NEW VOICES OF SCIENCE FICTION, and PETER WATTS IS AN ANGRY SENTIENT TUMOR.
Other Tachyon authors, artists, and editors receiving notice include John Joseph Adams, Charlie Jane Anders, Rick Berry, Michael Blumlein, Ellen Datlow, Julie Dillon, Cory Doctorow, Ellen Klages, Susan Palwick, Alastair Reynolds, Michael Swanwick, Lavie Tidhar, Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer, and Jo Walton.
Congrats to all.
A former marine biologist and according to the US Department of Homeland Security, a convicted felon and terrorist, Peter Watts’ acclaimed debut novel Starfish (1999) was named a New York Times Notable Book. He followed that success with the next three volumes of the Rifters series: Maelstrom (2001), Behemoth: B-Max (2004), and Behemoth: Seppuku (2005). Blindsight (2006) has become a core text in diverse undergraduate courses ranging from philosophy to neuropsych. The sidequel Echopraxia appeared in 2014. Crysis: Legion(2011) novelized the game Crysis 2.
His numerous award-winning shorter works have been collected in Ten Monkeys, Ten Minutes (2001), BEYOND THE RIFT (2013), the Polish Odtrutka na optymizm (2013), and the French Au-delà du gouffre (2016). His first collection of essays PETER WATTS IS AN ANGRY SENTIENT TUMOR was published last year to much acclaim. For the Spring 2000 issue of On Spec, Watts produced the frontispiece “Alien Intents.”
Starting with the Hugo Award-winning “The Island” (2009), Watts began the Sunflower Cycle about the voyage of a jump gate-building ship Eriophora. Their stories continued in “Hotshot” (2014), “Giants” (2014), and 2018′s acclaimed THE FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION.
All of us at Tachyon wish the amazing Peter a happy birthday!
Tachyon tidbits featuring Caitlín R. Kiernan, Peter Watts, Jane Yolen, Peter S. Beagle, and Brian Aldiss
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Kerinan’s prose is provocative, mysterious, soothing, decadent, flowery without being flowery. It’s seeing a master at her best. It’s inspiring, mystifying, indescribable. I could try to describe how much I enjoy her prose, but it would only come out wrong. It would be like a child trying to describe the vastness and mystery of the cosmos.
Those seeking peace of mind and a sunny outlook on life will not find much of them here, but Watts still manages to appreciate moments of good mixed in with the bad. As he says, “Even my most bitter diatribes might not be totally fatalistic.” Watts’s unflinching honesty, both brave and harsh, is what drives the collection, and whether readers agree with him or not, he certainly knows how to start a conversation.
The aptly named Elizabeth Story, Tachyon’s lead designer, is that rare and wondrous unicorn who combines artistic, technical, and verbal skills.
She came to Tachyon in 2009 as an editorial intern, having graduated with honors from the Creative Writing department at UC Santa Cruz. Her prior experience included creating motivational posters, newsletters, and comic strips for a children’s tutoring center; editing a campus literary magazine; and assisting in a perfumery.
Once Story dashed off some impromptu promotional materials in Photoshop, it became clear that she was destined to work as Tachyon as an artist instead of an editor. Since that time, Story has designed many of Tachyon’s most creative book covers and interiors, press kits, holiday cards, and catalogs.
Even after earning her M.F.A., Story still sleeps very little while remaining wittier than most people you know. It is said that she locked her first novel, which may or may not have been illustrated, in a drawer because it tried to bite her.
Tachyon wishes the incredible Elizabeth a very happy birthday, and hopes that she doesn’t get cheated of Christmas presents just because she was born on the wrong day.
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Collected from his blog, The ‘Crawl, and other sources, these essays often take the form of rants, but they’re endearing and engaging ones. Watts, a former marine biologist and Hugo Award-winning Canadian science fiction writer, rails against climate change one moment and movingly describes his relationship with a cat the next. You never know where his writing’s going to lead, and reading his essays is an exciting, energizing, and occasionally bewildering journey.
In this entertaining overview, Marissa Lingen at NOVEL GAZING REDUX enjoys the collection.
As with any contentious blogger, you’ll probably find at least some of the posts/essays in here to cheerfully disagree with–or to bury your head in your hands, groan, and wish you could disagree with. But remember: the reader expectations should be set pretty clearly. This is what it says on the tin. Not: Peter Watts Is An Angry Sentient Tumor But Look! A Butterfly! or Peter Watts Seems Like An Angry Sentient Tumor But In Just Three Essays You’ll Find Out How He Learned To Play His Cares Away On The Ukulele–And So Can You! There’s a lot of climate change realism, a lot of anger at police brutality and surveillance state assholery, a lot of frustration at entirely valid frustrating human behavior. Also a little bit of talking out his ass about YA fiction, some movie reviews, mourning for some much-loved humans and cats. This is a set of blog posts, not a two-minutes’ hate, no matter how well-directed. It’s easy to slip into “just one more” here even when you’re wincing and going “oh God too much truth.” Just a little more truth though, just one more blog post worth of truth before I go back to my fever dreams….
For CLARKESWORLD, Arley Song interviews Watts.
The table of contents for PETER WATTS IS AN ANGRY SENTIENT TUMOR offers everything from “Why I Suck” to “Pearls Before Cows: Thoughts on Blade Runner 2049.” Is there an organizational principle at work behind what pieces were in the collection? Are there new pieces only available in the book?
You’ll have to ask Jacob (my editor at Tachyon) about any grand organizational architecture; I handed him a bunch of pieces and he made the selection. I did serve them up according to theme—Reviews, Writing, Science, and so on—but they all ended up getting mooshed into a single unpartitioned volume.
Tumor is a reprint collection; the only piece that hasn’t previously appeared anywhere on the planet is my Introduction. That said, you’d have to be one hard-core fan to have seen it all before. If you’ve only followed my blog you won’t have seen the Nowa Fantastyka columns that appeared only in Poland; if you’ve devoured those columns in their original Polish you might not have seen essays that appeared in places like Aeon and The Daily. It doesn’t break physics to posit a fan so devoted they’ve stalked me across the Internet and into every dead-tree venue I’ve ever written for, but it is vanishingly unlikely.
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In celebration for the release of the irreverent, self-depreciating, profane, and funny PETER WATTS IS AN ANGRY SENTIENT TUMOR, Tachyon presents glimpses from the essay collection.
The previews included:
- Everything I Needed to Know About Christmas I Learned From My Grandma
- The Least Unlucky Bastard
- Life in the FAST Lane
- No Brainer
- Why I Suck
For more info about PETER WATTS IS AN ANGRY SENTIENT TUMOR, visit the Tachyon page.