Peter Watts


Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around the Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere burned them to ash. Two months since that moment of brief, bright surveillance by agents unknown.

Two months of silence, while a world holds its breath.

Now some half-derelict space probe, sparking fitfully past Neptune's orbit, hears a whisper from the edge of the solar system: a faint signal sweeping the cosmos like a lighthouse beam. Whatever's out there isn't talking to us. It's talking to some distant star, perhaps. Or perhaps to something closer, something en route.

So who do you send to force introductions on an intelligence with motives unknown, maybe unknowable? Who do you send to meet the alien when the alien doesn't want to meet?

You send a linguist with multiple personalities, her brain surgically partitioned into separate, sentient processing cores. You send a biologist so radically interfaced with machinery that he sees x-rays and tastes ultrasound, so compromised by grafts and splices he no longer feels his own flesh. You send a pacifist warrior in the faint hope she won't be needed, and the fainter one she'll do any good if she is. You send a monster to command them all, an extinct hominid predator once called vampire, recalled from the grave with the voodoo of recombinant genetics and the blood of sociopaths. And you send a synthesist—an informational topologist with half his mind gone—as an interface between here and there, a conduit through which the Dead Center might hope to understand the Bleeding Edge.

You send them all to the edge of interstellar space, praying you can trust such freaks and retrofits 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 only knew what was waiting for them…
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Enrique M.
Enrique M.shared an impressionlast year
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One of the most intense reads I've experienced..ever. If you enjoy a challenge and enjoy hard Sci-Fi, you should try this book. Watts is a new favorite author.

Arsen Avchikhanov
Arsen Avchikhanovshared an impression3 years ago

Захватывающая книга с отличной атмосферой и непростым английским. Обязательно перечитаю еще раз.

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Alexandr Bogatikov
Alexandr Bogatikovhas quotedlast month
brushed dim fingers across the concave enclosure

провел тусклыми пальцами по вогнутому корпусу

Sanzhar Surshanov
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quotedlast year
He's fighting the urge to eat us every time we have a briefing? That's reassuring."
Katerina Romanova
Katerina Romanovahas quoted2 years ago
when your veins were more than dry twisted filaments of beef jerky.

Когда ваши вены были чем-то большим, чем сухие переплетенные нити вяленого мяса

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