Goodreads Giveaway; ActuSF Interview; Ponies in Pith Helmets.

So I’m back, and only slightly jet-lagged, and there are a million things to do and a proper look back at Nantes would take more time than I’ll have for the next day or so.  If you don’t want to wait to check out the Great Elephant, drop in on Caitlin’s facebook album. If you can stomach being on facebook.

Meantime, the pub date for Beyond the Rift kinda snuck up on me; I got back into town to discover that i09 gave it another boost in it’s November reading list, and Tachyon is doing some kind of ARC giveaway thingy over on Goodreads. I don’t know what exactly  happens when you click the “Enter to Win” button, but as of this writing you’ve got about 18 hours to find out.

One thing I do have time to mention about Utopiales is that I spent a couple of weekend hours in a little cubby doing interviews. I’m not sure when or where they’ll all be appearing— a couple of days back someone went on twitter to deliver the Peter Watts quote “All animals are assholes” with the promise of More To Come, so at least one of them is still in the works— but ActuSF has already Youtubed their interview with me. The last installment of the rifters trilogy has just come out in France, so the interview deals more with those early works than you might expect for 2013.  Some of you might be interested, if for no other reason than to see how goofy my hair looked last Sunday.

PoningsFinally, I stumbled across something called Fanfiction R&R, a site at which an animated blue pony in a pith helmet devotes eight minutes to a combination critique/analysis/performance of “The Things“, while clips from Carpenter’s movie play on screen. Features a  bonus a capella performance of Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack.

I don’t know if it’s art, but I like it.

This entry was written by Peter Watts , posted on Wednesday November 06 2013at 12:11 pm , filed under ink on art, interviews, On the Road, public interface, rifters . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

24 Responses to “Goodreads Giveaway; ActuSF Interview; Ponies in Pith Helmets.”

  1. Well, whatever happens, “Enter to win” duly clicked! And I’m waiting for the missus to get home to have her do the same.

  2. Well, I hesitated. I will buy the collection when it’s out.

  3. Be wary of ponies, for down that path madness lies.

  4. If you don’t want to wait to check out the Great Elephant, drop in on Caitlin’s facebook album.

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  5. Bronies.

    The only Bronie I ever got was a USMC machinegunner/armorer who probably claimed he watched it to make himself seem less scary or something.

  6. You HAVE to do ‘Intelligent Design.’ I think it’s possibly commercial enough for you to actually get some proper cash in to fund you for a while. Loved the line about girlfriends and nephews. The mad Scando who did ‘The Things’ critique deserves a round of applause too!

  7. I can’t watch the video at the moment, but that blue pony in a pith helmet is Derring Do, a character from a fiction-within-a-fiction book series from My Little Pony. Or more accurately, it’s Derring Do as imagined by Rainbow Dash (a pony from one fictive layer above) as she reads the books. And since Rainbow Dash has an alarmingly high level of narcissistic personality traits, she imagines Derring Do looks exactly like she does.

  8. Just received this from Amazon:

    The item(s) listed below will actually ship sooner than we originally expected based on the new release date:

    Watts, Peter “Beyond the Rift”
    Previous estimated arrival date: November 20, 2013
    New estimated arrival date: November 13, 2013

    Woohoo! 5 more days! Funny though, Amazon still has the release date as November 18th…

    And:

    Ben:
    I can’t watch the video at the moment, but that blue pony in a pith helmet is Derring Do, a character from a fiction-within-a-fiction book series from My Little Pony. Or more accurately, it’s Derring Do as imagined by Rainbow Dash (a pony from one fictive layer above) as she reads the books. And since Rainbow Dash has an alarmingly high level of narcissistic personality traits, she imagines Derring Do looks exactly like she does.

    I’m going to restrain myself from asking you how you know this. Maybe someone else will ask you.

  9. I by coincidence found the video that notable pony shot is taken from; it’s this. Worth noting:
    1. Daring Do is, specifically, Pony Indiana Jones.
    2. Dash is clearly writing a story about Daring Do meeting her and probably falling in love.
    3. Dash is analogous to Mr. Watts in being the author of the story.
    I think the conclusion the video makers were hinting at is that you wrote that story because you’ve got a crush on the thing. You do seem quite admiring of its biology….

  10. Woot, Beyond the Rift is available in ebook form now. Those of us who love ebooks rejoice.

  11. Oh man, not only did I get *Daring* Do’s name wrong, but I forgot that she is a palette swapped version of Rainbow Dash, so as Spectrograph points out, that’s actually RD cosplaying as DD.

    I don’t know if being wrong about ponies is more or less embarrassing than accurate ponowledge.

  12. You do seem quite admiring of its biology….

    How can a biologist / sf writer not admire novel biology with a different paradigm he probably mostly cobbled by himself and which is integral to the story?

    It’s about as likely as a young, gym-worshipper not liking his imagine in a mirror. It’s been known to happen, but unlikely.

  13. Well, Pete, your vampire resurrection program is one step closer to fruition.

    Texas Legislature Approves Medical Experimentation on Sex Offenders

    http://nationalreport.net/texas-scientists-given-green-light-touse-sex-offenders-medical-research/

  14. Holy. Shit.

    Actually, never mind. Turns out it’s satire: http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/medresearch.asp

  15. Ok. Whew! Only the abortion law and W investing to bring about the Second Coming to be concerned about. :)

  16. Gary Flood: You HAVE to do ‘Intelligent Design.’ I think it’s possibly commercial enough for you to actually get some proper cash in to fund you for a while.

    Depending on how I decide to go about that funding thing. Given the way mainstream publishing is treating its midlisters these days, I’m giving serious thought to crowdsourcing my next novel and cutting out the publisher entirely.

    Also, let me add my voice to those who don’t know quite whatt to make of the unexpected level of poney-related expertise in the audience. Should I take heed for my next book?

  17. WOOHOO, my copy of Beyond the Rift came today!

  18. Stross got a novella out of imagining the sinister Lovecraftian parabiology of unicorns, and now he’s moving into vampires. You’ve already done vampires, so your next move is obvious.

    In the aftermath of Echopraxia, the few remaining humans reconstruct an extinct predatory Equus subspecies… NUMBHORN, coming in 2016.

  19. Please, don’t let it be called NUMBHORN.

  20. BRAINPRONG?

  21. in the interest of preventing Armageddon let me point out to Dr Watts that (IIRC) Poul Anderson wrote a story in which the followers of TV kiddie idol “Poopy Panda” went military and took over the world. Arguably an inspiration to the author of “Fight Club”.

  22. HEADSPUR? MINDSPINE? KOPFPRICK?

  23. Give it the working title “My Little Twilight Vampire Pony” and you’ll get enough Kickstarter funding to live in comfort for a decade :-)

    More seriously, there was a lot of outcry recently when a horse in the Melbourne Cup (for non-Australians, this horse race is effectively the annual national celebration day) broke a leg and had to be put down. Horses can’t heal from major leg injuries even with treatment – presumably before domestication it wasn’t an issue, because any horse with a broken leg became dinner for something very rapidly.

    Now, though, humans get upset over horses and their injuries. Lots of humans. Some of whom are rich, and could fund a genetic engineering program to “fix” it. Assuming I’ve read your recent interview right, one would expect bugs in the new improved horses. Maybe a greatly increased need for calcium and/or something that happens to be readily obtained from fresh blood?

  24. *Chuckle* on the concept of a Wattsian Twilight Vampire Pony series.
    Having said that… someone would buy it!
    Re funding, you obviously know best, but I imagine the Big Pay Day for a ‘midlister’ has to be selling into another media, be that the talking pictures or the video gamery things. This assumes you can’t rely on enough sales of the regular books. We know you consult on video games, but that doesn’t seem to be a big chunk of income. Ergo, you cash out* by continuing to sell proper books (crowdfunded or mainstream) or you have a property bought by Hollywood/an interesting indie house**.
    You write an accessible novel like ‘ID’ and it becomes a movie: you have a retirement fund.
    Having said that, I don’t know why the Rifters thing didn’t hit pay dirt.
    I would certainly be open to a crowfunded push. I can’t see the difference between paying you £15 direct versus paying the same in Waterstones. (OK, £8 off Amazon, but then that’s bad for the soul.)
    rest assured I paid good cash with the Queen’s head on it for all the content of yours I possess, including ‘Beyond The Rift,’ which I believe is popping through my letter box Monday. I will pay £ for ‘Echopraxia,’ too.

    *cash out = to quote Brian Aldiss, ‘Having enough money to keep the fridge full of beer and the mistresses in dresses’
    ** Imagine a Vincenzo Natali directed ‘Blindsight.’
    Fuck yeah!