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18th May '18 8:26:48 PM Klaudandus
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* NothingIsScarier: The crew's first few expeditions into ''Rorschach''. Siri expects to be nabbed by a horrible alien monster at any second, and yet the place seems to be deserted, yet still creepy as all hell. The hallucinations induced by the magnetic fields in there don't help matters. [[spoiler: Turns out the crew had been encountering the scramblers longer than they think. Scramblers can turn "invisible" because they can ''see'' the neurons in the eyes firing, and use this information to exploit a glitch in the human visual system, though they can't fool cameras or multiple witnesses. Details from earlier in the story give the implication that Scramblers somehow got on board the ''Theseus'' even before they boarded the ''Rorschach'', or that Siri somehow intuited what they looked like before he ever saw one. Which happened exactly and how never gets explained.]]

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* NothingIsScarier: The crew's first few expeditions into ''Rorschach''. Siri expects to be nabbed by a horrible alien monster at any second, and yet the place seems to be deserted, yet still creepy as all hell. The hallucinations induced by the magnetic fields in there don't help matters. [[spoiler: Turns out the crew had been encountering the scramblers longer than they think. Scramblers can turn "invisible" because they can ''see'' the neurons in the eyes firing, and use this information to exploit a glitch in the human visual system, though they can't fool cameras or multiple witnesses. Details from earlier in the story give the implication that Scramblers somehow got on board the ''Theseus'' even before they boarded the ''Rorschach'', or that Siri somehow intuited what they looked like before he ever saw one. Which happened exactly and how never gets explained.one.]]
18th May '18 8:15:23 PM Yozzy
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* AmbiguousSyntax: Intentionally used in-universe in a dialog with the aliens to see if they really understand or are just using sophisticated translation algorithms to parse the syntax.
* {{Antimatter}}: ''Theseus'' is powered by an anti-matter engine. This becomes important later when [[spoiler:it's used as a bomb in Jukka's final Taking You With Me action against Rorschach]].

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* AmbiguousSyntax: Intentionally used in-universe in a the dialog with the aliens ''Rorschach'' to see if they really understand or are just using sophisticated translation algorithms to parse the syntax.
syntax. They conclude that it's a Chinese Room, though the matter is left as an open question. [[spoiler: While it's a question that was never definitively answered, considering what it believes humans were doing, it's likely that ''Rorschach'' believed that it was trading confusing statements to conduct "information warfare" to keep the ''Theseus'' away long enough to finish germinating]].
* {{Antimatter}}: ''Theseus'' is powered by an anti-matter engine. This becomes important later when [[spoiler:it's used as a bomb in Jukka's final Taking You With Me TakingYouWithMe action against Rorschach]].



** Siri reads that [[spoiler: she's planning on mutinying on Sarasti because he's starting to show signs of instability, such as torturing the captured Scramblers and brutalizing Siri]]. This later comes to a resolution [[spoiler: when Sarasti tells Siri that Bates is planning no such thing, and that Siri was reading into the matter his own personal opinion that Sarasti should be replaced]].



* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Siri suggests that by the time he returns to Earth, the vampires would have exterminated humanity and taken their places as rightful owners of the world.]]

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* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Siri suggests [[spoiler:On the long, long, lonely flight home, Siri is getting messages that imply the breakdown of society in the inner solar system. By the writing of this book, it would suggest that all the troubles at home have finally come to a head. He believes that by the time he returns to Earth, the inevitable result of what's going on in the inner system is that vampires would will have exterminated humanity and taken their places as rightful the owners of the world.]]



* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Isaac Szpindel's mechanical augments let him interface directly with the ship's labs - giving him all the senses that implies - but his own normal senses have been so numbed that he has to wear force-feedback gloves just to give him a sense of touch. Cunningham, [[spoiler:Isaac's replacement]], gets around this by using the neurons that control his face instead.

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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Isaac Szpindel's mechanical augments let him interface directly with the ship's labs - giving him all the senses that implies - but his own normal senses have been so numbed that he has to wear force-feedback gloves just to give him a sense of touch. Despite this, Szpindel is one of the most personable and emotionally stable members of the crew. [[spoiler: Cunningham, [[spoiler:Isaac's Isaac's replacement]], gets around this by using the neurons that control his face instead.



* EldritchAbomination: ''Rorschach'', an alien construct in close orbit around a brown dwarf hidden in the Oort Cloud. It looks like a jagged torus, compared to a crown of thorns, and is slowly growing, apparently by absorbing material from the planet's ring. It's also emitting an extremely powerful, whorling magnetic field, strong enough to induce radiation sickness and hallucinations in any humans who board it. What it is exactly isn't established concretely, though it's speculated to be a ship, an AI, a living being, a form of [[RecursiveCreators Von Neumann machine]], or some combination of the above. [[spoiler: While it's incredibly intelligent, it's so alien that it's not even self-aware.]]
* EldritchStarship: Once again, ''Rorschach'.

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* EldritchAbomination: ''Rorschach'', an alien construct in close orbit around a brown dwarf hidden in the Oort Cloud. It looks like a jagged torus, compared to a crown of thorns, and is slowly rapidly growing, apparently by absorbing material from the planet's ring. It's also emitting an extremely powerful, whorling magnetic field, strong enough to induce radiation sickness and hallucinations in any humans who board it. What it is exactly isn't established concretely, though it's speculated to be a ship, an AI, a living being, a form of [[RecursiveCreators Von Neumann machine]], or some combination of the above. [[spoiler: While it's incredibly intelligent, it's so alien that it's not even self-aware.]]
* EldritchStarship: Once again, ''Rorschach'.''Rorschach''.



** TheLancer: Isaac Szpindel, medic with extensive cybernetics, and the friendliest towards Siri.

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** TheLancer: Isaac Szpindel, medic biologist with extensive cybernetics, and the friendliest towards Siri.



* PatrickStewartSpeech: {{Inverted}}, Sarasti gave a lengthy speech [[spoiler: going on the weakness of sapience. This wasn't a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, but to emphasize to Siri humanity's precarious position in the universe, and why he needed to convey that message when he was sent back]].



* RedHerring: There are several, both in-universe and as a narrative device. [[spoiler:For example, there is the issue of Amanda Bates' mutiny against Jukka Sarasti, the messages from Rorschach, the Burns-Caulfield comet, and the very nature of the Unreliable Narrator.]]

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** Siri Keeton's hemispherectomy lead to resemble being highly autistic, albeit quite high-functioning.
** Isaac Szpindel, [[spoiler: and later his replacement as well, Robert Cunningham,]] is a biologist studded with cybernetic sensors that allows him synesthesiac perception of the world in great detail, though gives tremors and reduced senses to the original flesh. [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Opposite of what would be expected]], Szpindel is also the most personable and good-humored member of the crew. [[spoiler: Cunningham can be a bit of a dick and smokes constantly (nicotine steadies the tremors, but the antiquated delivery method is a personal affectation), though he is a dedicated worker and never drops into unprofessionalism.]]
** Amanda Bates is the one approaching normal, though she's a military officer who made an unsanctioned act of diplomacy which included a minor act of treason as a "good faith measure", though it got better results in months than raw military actions. [[ReassignedToAntarctica She was stationed on the ship]] as security, but [[spoiler: privately considers staging a mutiny against Sarasti]]. And yet, [[spoiler: [[RedHerring that last part was all in Siri's head]].]]
** Susan James, a linguist with her brain surgically partitioned off to produce three other multiple personalities and a number of shared subconscious nodes (each a skilled linguist in their own right, and collectively called the "gang of four" or "the gang"). Susan is notably soft-hearted but won't shirk hard duties. Her alternates are Michelle, a sweet woman who's in a relationship with Szpindel, Sascha, a rude and foul-mouthed woman, and Cruncher, a ''man'' who's a frank and irritable workaholic.
** Jukka Sarasti, the sociopathic and predatory leader who can think circles around the entire group.
** And finally [[spoiler: the Captain, the ship's onboard AI, who has few real defining traits, but it piggybacks onto Sarasti's cybernetics for a low-key presence among the crew]].
* RedHerring: There are several, both in-universe and as a narrative device. [[spoiler:For example, there is the issue of Amanda Bates' planned mutiny against Jukka Sarasti, the messages from Rorschach, the Burns-Caulfield comet, and the very nature of the Unreliable Narrator.UnreliableNarrator.]]


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* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler: Siri isn't as objective as he believes. Though there's probably an element of truth to his perceptions, he projects his personal biases onto other. He believes the others dislike him, because Siri is unhappy with what he's become over the years; and he believed Bates was planning a mutiny, because he felt Sarasti should be removed from command.]]


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* WarriorTherapist: Near the climax of the plot, Sarasti viciously beats down Siri. The reason for doing so appeared to be to [[spoiler: invoke fear and pain, to demonstrate that for all of his pretenses of being detached from his humanity, and being the impartial observer, Siri simply isn't those things. And that it was the opening statement to Sarasti's [[{{Inverted}}anti]]-PatrickStewartSpeech]].
18th May '18 5:41:31 PM Yozzy
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* BrownNote:
** Vampires, because of their unique spatial reasoning, get seizures when they see too many right angles. It gave rise to the myth that they're vulnerable to crosses, but the truth is they short out if they see something as simple as a window pane or a building with a square footprint. They largely went extinct after the invention of architecture in early human history.
** Vampires themselves can make noises that are this for normal humans, believed to be due to ancestral memory. They make hissing and clicking noises that subliminally remind humans that they were prey creatures on the African plains not all that long ago.
** The ''Rorschach'' emitted an extremely powerful, whirling magnetic field several times more powerful than that of the sun, though it's not certain how. Boarding the thing could induce radiation sickness in mere hours, and constant low-level hallucinations immediately, and intense hallucinations when the magnetic field surged.



* NothingIsScarier: The crew's first few expeditions into ''Rorschach''. Siri expects to be nabbed by a horrible alien monster at any second, and yet the place seems to be deserted, yet still creepy as all hell. [[spoiler: The hallucinations induced by the magnetic fields in there don't help matters.]]

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* NothingIsScarier: The crew's first few expeditions into ''Rorschach''. Siri expects to be nabbed by a horrible alien monster at any second, and yet the place seems to be deserted, yet still creepy as all hell. [[spoiler: The hallucinations induced by the magnetic fields in there don't help matters.matters. [[spoiler: Turns out the crew had been encountering the scramblers longer than they think. Scramblers can turn "invisible" because they can ''see'' the neurons in the eyes firing, and use this information to exploit a glitch in the human visual system, though they can't fool cameras or multiple witnesses. Details from earlier in the story give the implication that Scramblers somehow got on board the ''Theseus'' even before they boarded the ''Rorschach'', or that Siri somehow intuited what they looked like before he ever saw one. Which happened exactly and how never gets explained.]]



* WhamLine: The scene where Sascha and Siri figure out what they're really facing is probably one of the most hair-raising Wham Lines to be found in science fiction. Not in a "If they're right, they're all dead" but "If they're right, ''we're'' all dead" way.

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* WhamLine: The scene where Sascha and Siri figure out what they're really facing is probably one of the most hair-raising Wham Lines to be found in science fiction. [[spoiler: That humans are probably the only sapient life in the known universe. Most aliens are intelligent but nonsentient. Not in a "If they're right, they're all dead" only are they better adapted to survive because of it, but "If they're right, ''we're'' all dead" way.they would see humanity as a natural enemy because humananity ''[[HumansAreCthulhu is just that alien]]''.]]
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Siri. Much of his character arc stems from that he believes himself to be an objective observer, both by trade and because his nature doesn't permit him to be much more. He believes he's essentially a form of sapience without much humanity left to him. [[spoiler: Contrasted to ''Rorschach'' and the scramblers, who are extremely intelligent but non-sentient--about as inhuman as you can get--Siri eventually comes to terms with the fact that he has more humanity than he thinks, and the fact he is sapient means that he's not ''quite'' as objective as he would like to be plays.]]
18th May '18 4:11:56 AM Yozzy
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* AntiMutiny:
** Amanda Bates's career defining moment came when she interrupted an interrogation session of Realist terrorists, and allowed the single survivor to execute his/her interrogators - Bates's own subordinates.
** For context, it was inferred that the interrogators knew that they couldn't get useful information from their captives, they were just raping, torturing, and killing those captives because they thought it would be fun, war crimes be damned. While Bates technically committed an act of treason, this unsanctioned act of empathy gave Bates a diplomatic line that resulted in radically reducing terrorism incidents in the region, and the results reversed Bates's court martial and expedited execution to her being hailed as a hero (no matter how much the brass hated it). She was [[ReassignedToAntarctica transferred to the Theseus]] as a special assignment, but it's an open secret that the brass just didn't want to have to deal with her.



* TheChessmaster: The book deals with entities that are orders of magnitude more intelligent than the average human, so this is almost a given.
** Sarasti, like all vampires, evolved to hunt humans. No matter how hard you try to out-maneuver him, he'll always be one step ahead of you. Waiting. He was sent on the mission for this exact purpose - "vampire logic" might give ''Theseus'''s crew the edge they need against ''Rorschach''.



* TheCorruption: The supplementary material for the novel on Watts's website reveals that first resurrected vampires arose during an experimental autism treatment that used retroviruses to deliver genetic modifications to patients. Whether the result could reasonably be called a "cure" for autism isn't really clear, but the thing that comes out of the other side of the treatment can certainly be said to be [[GoneHorriblyRight terrifyingly high-functioning]].



* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:''Rorschach'' is a supremely intelligent and gigantic alien creature from the depths of space. Its perspective is so alien that it's not even self-aware. Going inside of it will drive you temporarily insane.]]
* EldritchStarship: [[spoiler: Once again, ''Rorschach'.]]

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* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:''Rorschach'' is a supremely intelligent and gigantic ''Rorschach'', an alien creature construct in close orbit around a brown dwarf hidden in the Oort Cloud. It looks like a jagged torus, compared to a crown of thorns, and is slowly growing, apparently by absorbing material from the depths planet's ring. It's also emitting an extremely powerful, whorling magnetic field, strong enough to induce radiation sickness and hallucinations in any humans who board it. What it is exactly isn't established concretely, though it's speculated to be a ship, an AI, a living being, a form of space. Its perspective is [[RecursiveCreators Von Neumann machine]], or some combination of the above. [[spoiler: While it's incredibly intelligent, it's so alien that it's not even self-aware. Going inside of it will drive you temporarily insane.self-aware.]]
* EldritchStarship: [[spoiler: Once again, ''Rorschach'.]]



* EssentialMadness: The main character's severe autism means he's the only one able to [[AwesomeByAnalysis objectively synthesize]] all of the information and determine just what the deal is with the {{Starfish Alien}}s they discover. Of course he's also unable to bond with other people or empathize with them, so...[[BlessedWithSuck downer]].

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* EssentialMadness: The main character's severe autism autism-like condition means he's the only one able to [[AwesomeByAnalysis objectively synthesize]] analyze]] all of the information and determine just what the deal is with the {{Starfish Alien}}s they discover. Of course he's also unable to bond with other people or empathize with them, so...[[BlessedWithSuck downer]].



* FirstContact: The reason why ''Theseus'' is manned at all, since sending an automated probe would be much cheaper/easier.

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* FirstContact: The reason why ''Theseus'' is manned at all, since sending an automated probe would be much cheaper/easier.all. The ''Theseus'' is actually the "third wave" for analyzing the object that started Firefall, the first wave being a pair of probes sent out to get eyes on the object, and the second were more sophisticated drones meant for analytical work.



* InscrutableAliens: A variant. The alien ship does make contact, but for hours talks in circles without revealing any useful information. The crew figure out that they're talking to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_room Chinese room]].]]

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* InscrutableAliens: A variant. The alien ship does make contact, but for hours talks in circles without revealing any useful information. The crew figure out come to the conclusion that they're talking to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_room Chinese room]].]]



* IntrepidReporter: Siri's original job on the ''Theseus'', in a nutshell. He's a "synthesist" by trade, a sort of analyst who's good at translating impenetrable technical information into something more digestible to a (slightly) more general audience. Though his job is based more on mastery of communication theory and understanding how to shift information between frames of reference, not on understanding the information he's presenting. On the ''Theseus'' he was meant to be a neutral observer going over the crew's findings and relaying it back to Earth, though circumstances didn't exactly pan out.



* LovePotion: After Siri has half of his brain removed during childhood, his mother secretly gives him stimulants to promote mother/child bonding.

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* LovePotion: After In a flashback, Siri has half of his brain removed during childhood, remembers his mother secretly gives gave him stimulants to promote mother/child bonding.bonding. It didn't really work.



* MyBelovedSmother: Helen's relationship with Siri.

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* MyBelovedSmother: Helen's Siri's relationship with Siri.his mother, Helen. After his operation, she became increasingly desperate for her son to simply respond to her, causing her to become increasingly invasive and even manipulative towards Siri. The results were that it eventually strained his parents' relationship to the breaking point, she eventually withdrew from the world and plugged into Heaven, and his negative relationship with his mother helped shape Siri's view that humanity are fundamentally irrational, instinct driven creatures. The last one had a major negative impact on his relationship with his girlfriend Chelsea.



** The protagonist Siri has shades of this, since he doesn't actually feel emotion.

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** The protagonist Siri has shades of this, since he this. He's not a clinical sociopath, but his hemispherectomy left him largely unable to feel emotion and empathy. His coldly clinical view of the world allows him to understand people's thinking, but that doesn't actually feel emotion. change the fact that he just doesn't ''get'' people. Many of his personal biases come from the fact that he can't properly understand emotional context or relate to people.



* SplitPersonality: Purposefully [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by Susan's "Gang of Four". Susan is the core personality, and the others were surgically induced to allow them to translate languages at incredible speed.

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* SplitPersonality: Purposefully [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by Susan's "Gang of Four". Susan is the core personality, and the others were surgically induced to allow them to translate languages at incredible speed.speed through parallel processing.
* StarcrossedLovers: Siri's relationship with his girlfriend Chelsea, which get's brought up in flashbacks. Chelsea was a rather old-fashioned GirlNextDoor who was fascinated by Siri's honesty and how his condition gave him a unique outlook on the world, and he appreciated her honest affection and optimistic outlook. However, Siri's lack of empathy makes it obvious he just doesn't have a good grasp on his humanity, combined with BrutalHonesty made him unable to be a functional boyfriend, which destroyed their relationship after a time.



** Physically, the scramblers resemble starfish and share a few of their traits. Peter Watts, a former marine biologist, admits to this.



** Physically, the scramblers resemble starfish and share a few of their traits. Peter Watts, a former marine biologist, admits to this.



* TheChessmaster: The book deals with entities that are orders of magnitude more intelligent than the average human, so this is almost a given.
** Sarasti, like all vampires, evolved to hunt humans. No matter how hard you try to out-maneuver him, he'll always be one step ahead of you. Waiting. He was sent on the mission for this exact purpose - "vampire logic" might give ''Theseus'''s crew the edge they need against ''Rorschach''.
* TheCorruption: The supplementary material for the novel on Watts's website reveals that first resurrected vampires arose during an experimental autism treatment that used retroviruses to deliver genetic modifications to patients. Whether the result could reasonably be called a "cure" for autism isn't really clear, but the thing that comes out of the other side of the treatment can certainly be said to be [[GoneHorriblyRight terrifyingly high-functioning]].
17th May '18 11:34:27 AM Yozzy
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* BaldWoman: Amanda Bates.

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* BaldWoman: Amanda Bates. Her head was likely shaved, since she's still technically a member of the military.



* BizarreAlienPsychology: One of the book's twists is [[spoiler:the discovery that humanity is pretty much the only race out there with a concept of self, reason and such things as art... which the aliens see as an abomination of infection and have decided to eliminate humanity because it hurts them.]]

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* BizarreAlienPsychology: One of the book's twists is [[spoiler:the discovery that humanity is pretty much the only race out there with a concept of self, reason and such things as art... which the aliens see as an abomination of infection and have decided to eliminate humanity because it hurts them.]]them]].



* CallingParentsByTheirName: Siri refers to his mother in the flashbacks as "Helen". In a large part because she ditched the real world for virtual reality. While he calls his father "Dad" sometimes and "Jim" other times.
* CameBackWrong: In order to cure his epilepsy and save his life, Siri's parents agreed to have a radical hemispherectomy performed on their son, literally cutting out half his brain. The kid that came out on the other side is demonstrably not the same - emotionless, without natural empathy. Siri thinks back to what his life was like, pre-op, and the memories feel like they belong to someone else.

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* CallingParentsByTheirName: Siri refers to his mother in the flashbacks as "Helen". In a large part because she ditched the real world for virtual reality. While he often calls his father "Dad" sometimes "Dad", and "Jim" other times.
* CameBackWrong: In order to cure his epilepsy and save his life, Siri's parents agreed to have a radical hemispherectomy performed on their son, literally cutting out half his brain. The kid that came out on the other side is demonstrably not the same - emotionless, same: emotionless and without natural empathy. Siri thinks back to what his life was like, pre-op, and the memories feel like they belong to someone else.



** In the "Imagine you are Amanda Bates" segment, intelligence agents torture a few captured "[[WellIntentionedExtremist Realist]]" terrorists. Bates does not approve, and decides to give the surviving terrorist [[DoWithHimAsYouWill a bit of payback]] as a gesture of good faith.

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** In the "Imagine you are Amanda Bates" prisoner of war" segment, intelligence agents torture and kill a few captured "[[WellIntentionedExtremist Realist]]" terrorists. terrorists for fun. Bates does did not approve, and decides to give the surviving terrorist [[DoWithHimAsYouWill a bit of payback]] as a gesture of good faith.



** TheLancer: Isaac Szpindel.
** TheSmartGuy: Sarasti (so frighteningly intelligent, like all [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], that the average human is incapable of understanding how he reaches his conclusions.)
** TheBigGuy: Amanda Bates.

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** TheLancer: Isaac Szpindel.
Szpindel, medic with extensive cybernetics, and the friendliest towards Siri.
** TheSmartGuy: Sarasti (so TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheLeader: Jukka Sarasti, who is frighteningly intelligent, like all [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], that the average human is incapable of understanding how he reaches his conclusions.)
conclusions.
** TheBigGuy: Amanda Bates.Bates, the military officer.



* ForgettableCharacter: the Captain. Never communicates, except through Sarasti, to the point that the others tend to assume he's the one in command, and basically treat the title as an ironic nickname. Near the end of the book [[spoiler:is the first time Siri even [[OOCisSeriousBusiness hears the Captain's voice]].]]

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* ForgettableCharacter: the Captain. [[spoiler: The Captain]]. Never communicates, [[spoiler: except through Sarasti, Sarasti]], to the point that the others tend to assume he's the one in command, and basically treat the title as an ironic nickname. Near the end of the book [[spoiler:is the first time Siri even [[OOCisSeriousBusiness hears the Captain's voice]].]]



* {{Hallucinations}}: [[spoiler: ''Rorshach's'' incredibly strong magnetic fields induce some rather vivid and disturbing visions in the crew when they venture inside. Siri sees alien beasts out of the corner of his eye, James thinks her leg is some kind of monster attacking her, and Bates at one point believes she is dead.]]

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* {{Hallucinations}}: [[spoiler: ''Rorshach's'' incredibly strong magnetic fields induce some rather vivid and disturbing visions in the crew when they venture inside. Siri sees alien beasts out of the corner of his eye, James thinks her leg is some kind of monster attacking her, ''needs'' to be detached, and Bates at one point believes she is dead.]]doesn't exist.



* InscrutableAliens: [[spoiler: A variant. The alien ship does make contact, but for hours talks in circles without revealing any useful information. The crew figure out that they're talking to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_room Chinese room]].]]

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* InscrutableAliens: [[spoiler: A variant. The alien ship does make contact, but for hours talks in circles without revealing any useful information. The crew figure out that they're talking to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_room Chinese room]].]]
6th Apr '18 12:34:16 PM Derkhan
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'''''Blindsight''''' is a [[MohsScaleofSciFiHardness hard]] ScienceFiction novel by Canadian author Creator/PeterWatts. It's a dark and cerebral FirstContact story that deals heavily with issues of sentience and what it means to be an "intelligent" species. Troubles with the publisher made the novel hard to find in stores, despite having been nominated for a UsefulNotes/HugoAward, so Watts put it out [[http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm on his website]] [[DoingItForTheArt for free]].

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'''''Blindsight''''' ''Blindsight'' is a [[MohsScaleofSciFiHardness hard]] ScienceFiction novel by Canadian author Creator/PeterWatts. It's a dark and cerebral FirstContact story that deals heavily with issues of sentience and what it means to be an "intelligent" species. Troubles with the publisher made the novel hard to find in stores, despite having been nominated for a UsefulNotes/HugoAward, so Watts put it out [[http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm on his website]] [[DoingItForTheArt for free]].



Depressing and pessimistic, yet enlightening, the story explores a variety of topics relating to consciousness, the nature of intelligence, information theory, and neurology, and has received highly positive critical acclaim despite its relative obscurity. It is followed by '''''Literature/{{Echopraxia}}''''', a loose {{Sequel}} set on Earth during the events of ''Blindsight'', featuring a different cast of characters.

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Depressing and pessimistic, yet enlightening, the story explores a variety of topics relating to consciousness, the nature of intelligence, information theory, and neurology, and has received highly positive critical acclaim despite its relative obscurity. It is followed by '''''Literature/{{Echopraxia}}''''', ''Literature/{{Echopraxia}}'', a loose {{Sequel}} set on Earth during the events of ''Blindsight'', featuring a different cast of characters.
20th Mar '18 9:20:29 AM ElSquibbonator
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* EldritchStarship: [[spoiler: Once again, ''Rorschach'.]]
14th Dec '17 11:16:15 PM Malady
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* MythologyGag: One of the chapter headers has a quote from the fictional book called ''Zero Sum'', written by "Kenneth Lubin". Lubin is a character in Watts' RiftersTrilogy.

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* MythologyGag: One of the chapter headers has a quote from the fictional book called ''Zero Sum'', written by "Kenneth Lubin". Lubin is a character in Watts' RiftersTrilogy.Literature/RiftersTrilogy.
27th Nov '17 3:57:03 PM nombretomado
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'''''Blindsight''''' is a [[MohsScaleofSciFiHardness hard]] ScienceFiction novel by Canadian author Creator/PeterWatts. It's a dark and cerebral FirstContact story that deals heavily with issues of sentience and what it means to be an "intelligent" species. Troubles with the publisher made the novel hard to find in stores, despite having been nominated for a HugoAward, so Watts put it out [[http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm on his website]] [[DoingItForTheArt for free]].

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'''''Blindsight''''' is a [[MohsScaleofSciFiHardness hard]] ScienceFiction novel by Canadian author Creator/PeterWatts. It's a dark and cerebral FirstContact story that deals heavily with issues of sentience and what it means to be an "intelligent" species. Troubles with the publisher made the novel hard to find in stores, despite having been nominated for a HugoAward, UsefulNotes/HugoAward, so Watts put it out [[http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm on his website]] [[DoingItForTheArt for free]].
2nd Oct '17 3:35:54 AM ShadowoftheSun
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* YouNoTakeCandle: A number of characters have linguistic quirks that would by normal standards be considered improper - Cunningham, for example, can't use pronouns, referring to everyone as "it", while Sarasti avoids using the past tense when speaking, and whose brain is possibly wired in such a way that he can't even conceive of the past in the way normal humans do.
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