Bedlam and the Bookies

So it’s official. As of Tuesday— and as most of you probably know already— Echopraxia won the CBC’s “Bookie Award” in the “Best SciFi, Speculative Fiction, or Fantasy” category, beating out Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven by (as of the close-to-midnight screen grab to the right) 300 votes. It was a much closer race […]

Posted in: misc, writing news by Peter Watts 58 Comments

Will No One Rid Me of These Troublesome Canadians?

It pains me to do this. I mean, I did a privacy rant just a few installments back, and today I wanted to talk about this really cool paper showing that squids are Lamarckian. But the news cycle Waits For No Man, and a couple of recent items have got me re-evaluating my sunny optimism […]

Posted in: Big Brother, rant by Peter Watts 76 Comments

“Finalist.” As in “Last”.

So remember when I mentioned that cryptic little page over on CBC with Echopraxia on it? The one whose origin and purpose was a total mystery? Well, not so much any more. Turns out Echopraxia is a finalist for this years “Bookies“, under the “SciFi/Fantasy” category. (No, I’m not blind; I swear that logo wasn’t […]

Posted in: writing news by Peter Watts 63 Comments

No Answers. Only Choices.

(A lightly edited reprint of a recent Nowa Fantastyka column.) My stuff has been compared, on occasion, to the work of Stanislaw Lem. I find this intimidating. It’s kind of a high bar to clear; when expectations are calibrated to such altitudes, it’s easy to fall short. Fortunately there’s a way to distract from that […]

Posted in: ink on art by Peter Watts 30 Comments

Black Wedding: The Re-emergence of Lenie Clarke.

Let’s get the trivial notes and minutes out of the way first. Echopraxia, “Collateral”, and “The Colonel” all made it onto the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2014. (Still no love for “Giants”, I see, though I continue to love it as perhaps only a father can). Echopraxia (which I’m told has gone into a […]

Posted in: ink on art, misc, rifters by Peter Watts 11 Comments

The Slippery Step-Function: Or, Reasons to be Cheerful.

An overseas pixel-pal sent me a link to a Daily Mail (UK) piece on the Davos Forum a few days back. I think he expected me to be tickled by the second half of the headline: Harvard professors warn ‘privacy is dead’ and predict mosquito-sized robots that steal samples of your DNA —but predictably, it […]

Posted in: Big Brother, legal by Peter Watts 52 Comments