Peter Watts is a former marine biologist and the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of novels such as Starfish, Maelstrom and Behemoth, and numerous short stories. He has been called "a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive" by The Globe and Mail and whose work the New York Times called "seriously paranoid."
"A magnificent, darkly gleaming jewel of a book that hurdles the
contradictions inherent in biochemistry, consciousness, and human
hearts without breaking stride." --Elizabeth Bear, author of
Karen Memory "Peter Watts has taken the core myths of the
First Contact story and shaken them to pieces. The result is a
shocking and mesmerizing performance, a tour-de-force of
provocative and often alarming ideas. It is a rare novel that has
the potential to set science fiction on an entirely new course."
--Karl Schroeder, author of Stealing Worlds "A tour
de force, redefining the First Contact story for good. Peter Watts'
aliens are . . . something new and infinitely more disturbing,
forcing us to confront unpalatable possibilities about the nature
of consciousness." --Charles Stross, author of The
"Blindsight is excellent. It's state-of-the-art science fiction: smart, dark and it grabs you by the throat from page one. Like a C J Cherryh book it makes you feel the danger of the hostile environment (or lack of one) out there. And unlike many books it plays with some fascinating possibilities in human development (I like the idea of some disabilities becoming advantages here) and some disconcerting ideas about human consciousness (understanding what action preceding though actually means)." --Neal Asher "If Samuel R. Delany, Greg Egan and Vernor Vinge had collaborated to update Algis Budrys's classic Rogue Moon for the new millennium, they might have produced a novel as powerful and as uniquely beautiful as Blindsight." --Spider Robinson, co-author of Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson