Welcome to Pedo Central

At least, that is evidently the opinion of the net nanny at the Marriott Residence Inn, Woodlands, TX— which, Madeline tells me, blocks access to the ‘crawl because it is “harmful to children”. Certainly we appear to get under the skin of some folks, judging by the bleats of outrage that pop up in the […]

Posted in: misc by Peter Watts 6 Comments

Perdido Shell Station

From the outline for Intelligent Design, a near-future Crichtonesque (except, you know, well-written) novel currently languishing on my back burner: Nate Hochachka arrives on Baffin Island under complete news blackout. He has no idea why CSIS wants him here: he’s freshly-minted faculty at the University of British Columbia, still paying off his student loans and […]

Posted in: deep sea by Peter Watts 14 Comments

Homework

Thank you all, for your thoughts on the best Hollywood faces to graft onto my characters. There are some great suggestions there; some head-slappingly perfect, some popular but utterly mysterious (Ellen Page as Lenie? What am I missing?), and some of limited utility but nonetheless entertaining. I will steal shamelessly from you all. But in […]

Posted in: ink on art, public interface, scilitics by Peter Watts 4 Comments

…And Eric Cartman as Sarasti.

Calling out for some suggestions here. I seem to be juggling a small spate of interviews/online discussions at the moment, one of which is a long-overdue contribution to something called “My Book, the Movie“. This is an ongoing blog in which various authors dream a bit about who they’d like to see direct/star in/roach-wrangle movie […]

Posted in: interviews, misc, writing news by Peter Watts 28 Comments

Why Believers Kick Atheist Ass at Scrabble

Here’s a fascinating possibility: that people with religious beliefs are better at pattern-matching than those without. The empirical findings are out of the Netherlands (popsci summary here), and are phrased much more conservatively: when presented with visual stimuli containing two levels of resolution (for example, a big square consisting of a bunch of little rectangles) […]

Posted in: ass-hamsters, Dumbspeech, sociobiology by Peter Watts 14 Comments

With Apologies to Pete Townsend

You know, we’re not on the cutting edge any more with this whole value-of-consciousness riff. Just a couple of years ago, the idea that sentience isn’t worth the trouble seemed a pretty radical proposition. But in the years since Blindsight came out1 we’ve seen top-flight journals publishing research showing that consciousness impedes complex problem-solving; we’ve […]

Posted in: scilitics by Peter Watts 7 Comments

So if I’m done, why do I still have this queasy lump in my stomach?

Two weeks of edits. Two weeks of no exercise, skipped meals, late nights, and cats who either don’t understand that a 3:00 a.m. feeding should allow them to wait a little past their usual 8:00 a.m. breakfast slot while their exhausted can opener tries to sleep in a bit, or who simply reject that premise […]

Posted in: writing news by Peter Watts 12 Comments

Where Were You When the USA Pulled Back from Being a Fascist Shithole?

I was on the other side of the camera that took this picture, blocking the view of a big honking flatscreen monitor which showed the United States morphing magically into a place I would actually like to live: It was a brief and unfamiliar moment of happiness, so very long in coming: one of the […]

Posted in: misc by Peter Watts 28 Comments

Very Funny.

Okay, which one of you jokers is responsible for the following promotional offer appearing in my in-box? Subject: Promote Your Christian Book Christian Book Marketing is a division of Awesome God Publications. Awesome God Publications has been actively serving the Christian community since 1998. Through our years of experience in dealing with Christian books and […]

Posted in: ass-hamsters, misc by Peter Watts 11 Comments