Off World

So of course, mere hours from climbing onto a transAtlantic flight to spend 14 hours in an airtight low-pressure environment at thirty thousand feet, three guesses as to what kind of bug decides to take up residence in my chassis. Right.  The sinus-clogging, throat-blocking kind.  The kind that can be kept at bay with decongestants […]

Posted in: On the Road by Peter Watts 25 Comments

Monstrous Affections.

The last story I read by David Nickle left me impotent for a week. That was a compliment. I have never actually read a bad story by David Nickle. I read an opaque story by him once: it was called “Pants Are For Company”, and it was (roughly) about personification of the abyss. I didn’t […]

Posted in: fellow liars by Peter Watts 11 Comments

Not exactly SF, but pretty fucking Orwellian just the same.

I had dinner the other night with a friend of mine, a former investment banker and derivatives jock for the Toronto Dominion Bank. He grew sufficiently wealthy to retire years ago — while still in his thirties — and has since been managing hedge funds for widows and environmentalists to make up for his past life of […]

Posted in: economics, rant by Peter Watts 20 Comments

Which is to say, like “Finks” with an extra S.

More news from Poland.   Evidently Ślepowidzenie has won the “Sfinks” award for “Best Foreign Novel”.   I had a shot at “Best Novel”, period, but Cormac McCarthy beat me out for it, perhaps to pay me back for the NAST Awards.  (I did, however, come a close second in that category by a mere 13 votes.) […]

Posted in: writing news by Peter Watts 8 Comments

Cephalopod Salad

Quite a bit has happened since the last time I came up for air.  Blindsight debuted in Hebrew— very cool cover design from Aya Ben Ron, I might add— and I’ve just received my first reader feedback from that edition (“Not a bad book.  … thank you for a pleasant evening, although I didn’t get […]

Posted in: public interface, writing news by Peter Watts 16 Comments