The Freeze-Frame AMA.

Last-minute Editorial Update: It’s actually happening at noon. Which is 44 minutes from when I’m typing this.

I suppose I should have mentioned that sooner…

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I’m doing another one of these Reddit AMA thingies next Wednesday.  Prior to that event, I’m supposed to post some kind of evidence that I am not, for example, Hilary Clinton who has seized Peter Watts’s online identity in an attempt to damage his credibility with false posts.

Hopefully this will suffice:

PW-AMA

If not, here’s the introductory passage I dashed off while dabbing Polysporin on my many cuts and bruises:

I’m Peter Watts. This is my second run at one of these AMA things (the first was back in 2014). Tachyon set this up to promote The Freeze-Frame Revolution, but that’s only one novella set in a larger sequence so you might want to wander a bit further afield. For example, I have a complex relationship with raccoons. I am a convicted tewwowist in the State of Michigan. I have a big scar on my right leg. I am part of a team working on a Norwegian Metal Science Opera about sending marbled lungfish to Mars, and the co-discoverer of Dark energy keeps screwing up my autocannibalism scene by inventing radical new spaceflight technology.

Really, the field is wide open. So.

AMA.WR.

Now that it’s all on the official record, I’ll forward it to Reddit so they’ll know I’m serious.  Or at least, who I say I am.  Then, I guess, we wait until Wednesday.

See you then.

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20 Responses to “The Freeze-Frame AMA.”

  1. Honestly, it’s like you’re challenging B3TA half the time 😀

    Hey, I’ll ask one – you coming to WorldCon in Dublin next year? It’s being held in a giant covert railgun cannon and there’s decent Poitin….

    https://dublin2019.com/

    (No, seriously, it really looks like that and we do have poitin)

  2. Probably not Hillary – I believe she’s a dog person.

    The video clip promoting Lungfish is one of the weirdest things I’ve seen in a while, btw. (Good storyline, too).

  3. Mark Dennehy,

    Jaysus what is that thing, they must’ve knocked it up since I was last there. What do the locals call it though? I bet it has a funny name like “the floozy in the jacuzzi”

    As for the AMA honestly you’re pretty approachable right here, so I’ll just sit in the audience and clap (Or upvote, whatever), unless you want us regulars to throw you some softballs, ha ha.

  4. Look forward to seeing you on reddit Wednesday.

    I will be asking when Freeze-Frame will be available on audible. Unless you’d like to be super star author to your fan and tell me now? 🙂

  5. Mark Dennehy:
    Honestly, it’s like you’re challenging B3TA half the time

    Thank you for introducing me to that site. The Choose-your-own-adventure edition of Sophie’s Choice was a particular high point.

    Hey, I’ll ask one – you coming to WorldCon in Dublin next year?

    I hadn’t planned to— I’m generally loathe to cross an ocean unless it’s at someone else’s expense— but a lot can happen in a year. And I do like the tax set-up for artists over there. (If I do come, I might even sneak a few snakes back in through Customs…)

    (No, seriously, it really looks like that and we do have poitin)

    Maybe. But we have poutine

    Phil: (Good storyline, too).

    I’m pretty sure they changed it around a lot for the actual performance. But it was hard to tell because I couldn’t understand a fucking word.

    David: I will be asking when Freeze-Frame will be available on audible. Unless you’d like to be super star author to your fan and tell me now?

    I would tell you if I had anything to tell. There is no Audible edition, as far as I know. Then again, such offers generally come in after the book’s been out for a bit.

  6. So, maybe I have missed it because my eyes are currently two different sizes because of steroid drops for an inflamed iris, but, um, what time will this asking of anything be taking place?

  7. We were thinking, like, noon Eastern. But we weren’t all thinking it on the same page until yesterday, so I kind of didn’t announce that until right now.

    I’ll probably announce it on Facebook just before going live, too.

  8. Did this AMA happen? I forgot to check earlier, and I don’t see anything on r/IAmA or r/PeterWatts.

  9. Heather S,

    It was in r/books, actually. Still pinned, as of right now.

  10. Yeah, it happened. Still happening, for that matter; a couple more questions trickled in over the past couple of hours.

    It’s over here.

  11. Peter Watts,

    Thanks for the link!

    Lots of great questions asked. And thanks for doing this the right way (actually answering questions, even when they’re weird), instead of treating it like an advertising campaign.

  12. Sorry didn’t get to ask anything. Enjoying reading it though. What it may lack in quantity due to mismanaged advertising I’m seeing overshadowed by quality of Q and A.

    Speaking of complex relationships with racoons, have you seen the original Grey Gardens documentary? Amazing to think how that underground film shaped, and probably indirectly still shapes, fashion.

    I think it was the racoons all along. They like seeing us pets dressed up in various colors and styles. And probably hats.

  13. Dammit! I totally spaced on the AMA, I was going to ask you what type of computer Siri has in half his skull.

  14. I never manage to be around for those time-limited AMA things. I do have a question, though, if you feel inclined to answer it. How come the Valerie short story that’s set right before Echopraxia doesn’t show up in your backlog? Were you just unhappy with how it turned out, or is there another reason?

  15. Gah, I missed the AMA. Just noticed the commentary on Blindsight handling various neural divergences as quirky adaptations rather than disabilities and wanted to pipe up about how you handled multicores/dissociative identity disorder – I’ve known a few people with DID, and as far as I can tell you got it dead-on, and when I loaned the book to a couple of them they said it was a pretty good take on it. So yeah, kudos.

  16. Peter Watts,

    Damn! I missed it. I was hoping for the answer to get an answer to this:

    Is the context for “usurper” this story, another story, or biology?

  17. Hey Peter. According to “upcoming appearances” , you’re going to be at Bakka this Saturday, for the Freeze Frame launch. I’d love to get a signed copy, so what time will you be there?

  18. Animals and roofs. Had I seen that part earlier, might have worded the above differently. Once heard tell of a guy who caged a bird for doing that.

  19. Deseret: Speaking of complex relationships with racoons, have you seen the original Grey Gardens documentary?

    You mean the one with the two sisters living in that moldering southern mansion?

    I did. It was creepy and unsettling. Almost Lynchian, but without the parallel dimensions.

    Greggles:
    Dammit!I totally spaced on the AMA, I was going to ask you what type of computer Siri has in half his skull.

    A Commodore Amiga A600. (Running as a software emulation, of course.)

    Klaus: How come the Valerie short story that’s set right before Echopraxia doesn’t show up in your backlog? Were you just unhappy with how it turned out, or is there another reason?

    It’s not my best work. The prose is smooth enough, but it doesn’t really add anything to the story beyond providing a big honking spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read Echopraxia yet. (And I think the reveal in Echopraxia carries more of a punch by virtue of leaving so much more to the imagination.)

    It was written as a freebie for a charity anthology, and on a tight deadline. I didn’t really have time to do much more than recycle and embellish.

    Anna: I’ve known a few people with DID, and as far as I can tell you got it dead-on, and when I loaned the book to a couple of them they said it was a pretty good take on it.

    Glad to hear it. You never know when you’re tromping over someone else’s lived experience.

    Danny Boy: Is the context for “usurper” this story, another story, or biology?

    Actually, Usurper alternantis was a name I invented for a gengineered planimal species in a short story I wrote back in grad school, years before I was ever published. Let us leave it at that.

    Tim:
    Hey Peter.According to “upcomingappearances” , you’re going to be at Bakkathis Saturday, for the Freeze Frame launch.I’d love to get a signed copy, so what time will you be there?

    These things generally start at 3pm. In my experience, though, people trickle in late, so actual readings and stuff may not happen until 3:30.

    You would be welcome. Bring your family and any indentured servants. Honestly, I’m afraid no one is going to show up; the only reason I’m even risking a book launch is because Ben Eldridge flew all the way over from Australia to introduce me.

  20. There is a Valerie short story?! Please Peter, put it up here on the website… It can’t be that bad. If you really don’t want to, could you email it to me? I really wanna read it.