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everybody says I've got great balls of fire.

Peter Watts is the best science fiction writer of my generation. Full stop.

Now, when I say "my generation," I don't mean my age group--Peter's a bit older than I am, and a hell of a lot smarter. And much, much better educated. (And far more bitter and difficult, but he's funny with it, so that's okay.) What I mean is, the group of science fiction writers who've come into print as novelists in, oh, the last five or seven years or so.

Look around. It's a pretty amazing crew.

Peter kicks all our asses.

I've been talking about his forthcoming book Blindsight a lot, here and elsewhere. I blurbed it. (I don't blurb books I don't love--as I told Peter when he accused me of giving him a pity blurb, I might be willing to have sex with him out of pity if he asked nicely enough, but professionalism precludes blurbing something I wouldn't like to see my own name on, thank you.) (Full disclosure: He didn't ask. *g*)

Moreover, Charlie Stross blurbed it. And identified the book as a likely Hugo winner. And I agree with him. Now, Charlie and I both have books out this year. Charlie's Glasshouse is already getting major award buzz. My own Carnival is, in my opinion, the most important book I've written. (I dunno if it's Hugo calibre--I don't get to make that decision--but I think it whacks the stuffing out of the Jenny books.)

We're both pretty convinced that Blindsight not only is going to, but should kick both our asses. This book, I shit you not, is one for the ages. I'm not going out on a limb here for Peter because he's a pal, or because he gave me a blurb for Hammered that we are still getting mileage out of. (That one and the Brin quote. They will not quit.) So when I say, you need to read this book, I mean each and every one of you.

Not only is Peter one hell of a hard science and idea writer, but his characters are amazing, complex, damaged people. He's got narrative guts like I've never seen. (You may blame him for me having the courage to end Scardown the way I did.) and his plot cooks along like the windows of a train passing in the opposite direction.

And. He writes like a fucking dream. His prose is sharp, lean, shocking, inevitable. His imagery verges on poetry.

His endings may tend to be a bit rushed. ;-) Nobody's perfect.

The reason I bring this up again at this moment is because there's an interview with him up at Meme Therapy now, and if you want a little taste of why almost everybody who's read this book in advance of publication is talking about it in hushed and trembling voices, go look now.

This is the best science fiction novel I've read in years.

And it has vampires.



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I told Peter when he accused me of giving him a pity blurb, I might be willing to have sex with him out of pity if he asked nicely enough

Well, duh -- unless you mean that that would be your only motivation, in which case color me dubious. (As I said on Deanna's lj, why did none of you tell me he's that cute? What do I keep you people around for?)
It was hypothetical pity and hypothetical sex. And cpolk is his chief fangirl; she'd be mad at me if I took advantage of his desire for a good blurb.
I've enjoyed him since his first novel, but man, his writing has changed a lot since then. I'm looking forward to his next one.
There's one paragraph in Blindsight that I read like six times, just savoring it. I'll post it when I get home if I remember.
Would "cohort" be better than "generation"?

I can't read this until I've finsihed the Really Big Book on Paris, and some other stuff.
Conveniently, it's not out yet!

Well, we usually talk about writers in generations. Cohort is a little too organized. We're just a bunch of fools who happened to break out around the same time.
We're both pretty convinced that Blindsight not only is going to, but should kick both our asses.

You can add Neal Asher to that list; the guy has been pimping Blindsight *everywhere* online.

*sigh*
Must be good. Must wait for paperback. Or student loans to go away, whichever comes first.

Or hey! I'll bet I can nag my friends to buy the book and then beg it off of them :)
Crap, knew I'd forget something: You may also want to add that Peter's previous work (Starfish and Maelstrom both) is available on his site for free reading and downloading, under a Creative Commons license.

Which I, having lent my copy of Starfish one time too many and never recovered it, think is incredibly cool.
VAMPIRES IN SPAAAACE!

... and it's well thought out hard SF, too.

(What could be better than that?)
I'd hate him.

But I get to read his books.
Main reason to get published: So other writers will let you read their books early...

JEALOUS, JEALOUS, FUCKING JEALOUS!

And I've been a fan since the beginning...

JEALOUS!
It's paid for in blood and blurbage. ;-)
Peter Watts is the best science fiction writer of my generation. Full stop.

i've been singin' that song since 2001 and I am SO happy to see you saying so in a good big public way. YAY PETER WATTS YAY.
Just finished it.
Sent you an email with an apropos link to a Newsweek article about brain architecture.

It's a coinky-dink!