Beyond the Rift
Overview - Skillfully combining complex science with finely executed prose, these edgy, award-winning tales explore the always-shifting border between the known and the alien. The beauty and peril of technology and the passion and penalties of conviction merge in stories that are by turns dark, satiric, bold, and introspective. Read more...
More About Beyond the Rift by Peter Watts
Skillfully combining complex science with finely executed prose, these edgy, award-winning tales explore the always-shifting border between the known and the alien.
The beauty and peril of technology and the passion and penalties of conviction merge in stories that are by turns dark, satiric, bold, and introspective. A seemingly humanized monster from John Carpenter's The Thing
reveals the true villains in an Antarctic showdown. An artificial intelligence shields a biologically-enhanced prodigy from her overwhelmed parents. A deep-sea diver discovers that her true nature lies not within the confines of her mission but in the depths of her psyche. A court psychologist analyzes a psychotic graduate student who has learned to reprogram reality itself. A father tries to hold his broken family together in the wake of an ongoing assault by sentient rainstorms.
Gorgeously saturnine and exceptionally powerful, these collected fictions are both intensely thought-provoking and impossible to forget.
- ISBN-13: 9781616961251
- ISBN-10: 1616961252
- Publisher: Tachyon Publications
- Publish Date: November 2013
- Page Count: 229
- Dimensions: 8.48 x 5.62 x 0.69 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.51 pounds
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Self-proclaimed angry optimist Watts offers 13 disquieting tales of science fiction, constructing worlds of alienation and horrific transformation from the building blocks of cutting-edge science. Beginning with “The Things,” a lauded re-examination of a classic horror film from the monster’s point of view, Watts shows why he’s become known as “The Guy Who Writes the Depressing Stories.” Watts’s highly reductionist, determinist worldview provides visions of blindly expansionist colonialism (“The Things,” “The Island”), disquieting contact with nigh-godlike beings (“Nimbus,” “The Second Coming of Jasmine Fitzgerald”), religion and science combined to form an engine of atrocity (“A Word for Heathens”), and first contact as a parable about self-interest (“Ambassador”). While the occasional piece takes a more optimistic bent (“Mayfly”), Watts is drawn to gloomier conclusions like a moth to the flame. Though some readers will struggle to read more than a few stories at a time, there can be no denying Watts’s skills as a writer. (Jan.)