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Blindsight by Peter Watts
Cover Artist: Thomas Pringle
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765319647
Date: 04 March 2008 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[Editor's Note: This review originally ran in our October 2006 issue.]

Blindsight is a terrific piece of new hard SF. It's full of deep theory that winds through the plot like a cancer gone wild, and the result is that best of all possible worlds, a hard SF novel that won't let you go, and a bombardment of ideas that you won't be able to let go of once they've wormed their viral way into your meaty little brain.

From official release/information:

Book Description: The Hugo Award-nominated novel by 'a hard science fiction writer through and through and one of the very best alive.' -The Globe and Mail Two months have past since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since-until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who should we send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn't want to meet?Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder and a biologist so spliced with machinery that he can't feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find-but you'd give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them. . . .

(Source: Tor Books)

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