"├čehemoth" set free

For the last couple of years I’ve been subjected to chronic whelming demand for a Creative Commons release of the final rifters novel. I am relieved to announce that “ßehemoth” went live as of 2a.m. this morning, over on the Backlist page. (The first bug fixes were up by around 11, so if you downloaded […]

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Blindsight (the malady, not the book): better than the other kind?

Now here’s a fascinating study: turns out that victims of blindsight can see better than so-called “healthy” individuals. At least, one fellow with a patchy version of the condition was able to detect subtler visual cues in his blind field than in his sighted one. (Here’s the original paper: here’s a summary.) This suggests that […]

Posted in: neuro, science by Peter Watts 32 Comments

"It’s 20 light years away. We can go there."

Now that’s the kind of attitude I like to see coming from a legitimate authority– to wit, Dimitar Sasselov of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, quoted in today’s NY Times. He was talking about Gliese 581c, a potentially earth-type planet orbiting a dim red dwarf in the constellation of Libra. 1.5 time Earth’s radius; 5 […]

Another Step Towards the Maelstrom

Those of you who read Maelstrom might remember what that book was named for: the frenetic chainsaw fast-forward jungle that the Internet had evolved into, infested by the virtual predators and parasites that evolved after we gave genes to spambots and let them breed at 50 generations/sec. (Those of you who didn’t read Maelstrom can […]

Posted in: a-life, evolution, science by Peter Watts 9 Comments

Relief, Request, Reviews

Okay, well, somebody’s out there. And you care. So far so good. But can anyone tell me how to thread comments in Blogger? All I seem able to do is paste comments onto the bottom of the stack; I can’t seem to post a comment in direct response to someone else’s comment. There must be […]

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Blindsight: Locus Finalist

Oh, yeah. Blindsight is evidently a finalist for the Locus Award for Best Novel. Once again, I am in august company: losing to any of these folks, I would not feel jilted. What makes this nomination especially sweet for me is that Blindsight was evidently a write-in candidate– at least, I’ve been told by a […]

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Meet the New Blog. Same as the Old Blog.

Fact is, this is kind of a risk for me. One of the reasons I never went for a real blog before now was the whole Comments thing; I’ve seen too many bloggers ranting endlessly in the wilderness, day after day, the same fat goose-egg of “Zero Comments” lurking beneath each post to underscore just […]

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Called Worse Things By Better People

I seem to be a scab. By giving my stories and novels away for free, I’m stealing bread from the mouths of all those those hardworking fellow scribes who are trying to make a real living at storytelling. It must be true, because I read it on the web. Normally, of course, one would barely […]

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