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14th Oct '14 2:21:02 PM Xtifr
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->''"Whenever I find my will to live becoming too strong, I read Peter Watts."''\\
--'''James Nicoll'''

Peter Watts is a "reformed" Canadian marine biologist turned HugoAward winning[[note]]For best Novelette 2010, [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterWatts_TheIsland.pdf The Island]][[/note]] SpeculativeFiction author, best known for his ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'' and his Hugo-nominated novel ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}''.

Watts' first novel ''Starfish'' (beginning the ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'') focuses on a group of people who've been surgically augmented to survive the crushing depth of the ocean floor, in order to work on a power station located on a geo-thermal vent. The catch is that most normal people have trouble adjusting to the stresses of working and living in such an environment, so people who are ''naturally adapted'' to living in stressful environments are recruited instead. In this case, [[DysfunctionJunction victims of abuse]], including pedophiles, borderline masochists and clinical sociopaths. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]]. The series juggles [[AntiHero dark]] character study, a distinctly [[CrapsackWorld un-rosey view]] of future society, kick-ass action, and cutting edge technology. The series earned Watts much critical praise.

His next novel, ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' (unrelated to ''Rifters''), focuses on a RagtagBunchOfMisfits sent to investigate a strange [[StarfishAliens alien artifact]] that's been detected on the edge of the solar system. The novel is mainly a FirstContact story that mixes elements of [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic]] and [[PsychologicalHorror psychological]] horror in order to examine (and deconstruct) the ideas of sentience and consciousness. ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' became something of a hit for Watts, garnering a [[HugoAward Hugo]] nomination for best novel. The companion novel ''Echopraxia'' was published in August 2014 and is set in the inner Solar System.

Most recently, he [[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=1838 consulted on the tech and plot]] of the videogame ''[[VideoGame/{{Crysis}} Crysis 2]]'', as well as writing the novelization[[note]]he did ''not'' write the actual game story; that was done by fellow sci-fi author Creator/RichardKMorgan[[/note]].

Watts likes to [[ShownTheirWork show his work]], utilising extensive notes and references to support his work and theories. Because of this, unsurprisingly his work tends to end up on the ''hard'' end of the [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness scale]]. It also usually lies at the cynical end of the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism spectrum]] too, although not often without the slimmest, most stoic, hope available, if you squint.

[[CuteKitten He also likes cats]].

!Tropes involving Peter Watts
* AllThereInTheManual: Watts' website has a ton of supplementary information concerning his novels.
* ExecutiveMeddling: During the production of ''βehemoth'', the third book in the ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'', Watts's publisher Tor decided to split the book into two parts (subtitled ''β-Max'' and ''Seppuku''). This was a decision Watts was extremely unhappy with, leading to their relationship being soured. It would further deteriorate during the publishing of ''Blindsight'', due to artistic differences over the cover design, as well as an extremely limited print run. ''So'' limited, in fact, that once it began to become popular, '''nobody could find it'''! Faced with the prospect of having his novel buried, Watts decided that it would be better to make [[DoingItForTheArt no money]] and at least have the novel read, so he released it free on his [[http://rifters.com/ website]]. This move proved extremely popular, and led to Watts releasing his other novels and many of his short stories for free [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts.htm online]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: He has a short story called "Malak", about an autonomous drone plane that's sent into warzones to fight enemies. It's given special programming on how to discern between combatants and non-combatants so it can make combat decisions without input from its masters. Unfortunately, the protocols on what determines who is a "combatant" can be applied to the masters ''themselves''. Whoops.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Most of his works have shades (hah) of this, mostly due to their CrapsackWorld settings.
* MadeOfIron: Watts contracted [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necrotizing_fasciitis Necrotizing Fasciitis]]. That's a '''flesh eating bacteria'''. What did he do? He [[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=1831 blogged about it]]. The whole series of posts can be found here, under the title "[[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?category_name=flesh-eating-fest-11 Flesh Eating Fest '11]]". At one point, a nurse treating him said that he must have an extremely high pain tolerance.
* [[OverreactingAirportSecurity Overreacting Border Security]]: Watts had a now-infamous encounter on the U.S./Canadian border, during which he was [[PoliceBrutality maced and wrestled to the ground]] by a power-tripping border patrolman. The reason? Not reacting fast enough to a verbal command from the patrolman.
* PerspectiveFlip: His Hugo-nominated short story "The Things" is the events of the CultClassic sci-fi movie ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'' from the alien's point-of-view.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Very far towards the cynical end.
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->''"Whenever I find my will to live becoming too strong, I read Peter Watts."''\\
--'''James Nicoll'''

Peter Watts is a "reformed" Canadian marine biologist turned HugoAward winning[[note]]For best Novelette 2010, [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterWatts_TheIsland.pdf The Island]][[/note]] SpeculativeFiction author, best known for his ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'' and his Hugo-nominated novel ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}''.

Watts' first novel ''Starfish'' (beginning the ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'') focuses on a group of people who've been surgically augmented to survive the crushing depth of the ocean floor, in order to work on a power station located on a geo-thermal vent. The catch is that most normal people have trouble adjusting to the stresses of working and living in such an environment, so people who are ''naturally adapted'' to living in stressful environments are recruited instead. In this case, [[DysfunctionJunction victims of abuse]], including pedophiles, borderline masochists and clinical sociopaths. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]]. The series juggles [[AntiHero dark]] character study, a distinctly [[CrapsackWorld un-rosey view]] of future society, kick-ass action, and cutting edge technology. The series earned Watts much critical praise.

His next novel, ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' (unrelated to ''Rifters''), focuses on a RagtagBunchOfMisfits sent to investigate a strange [[StarfishAliens alien artifact]] that's been detected on the edge of the solar system. The novel is mainly a FirstContact story that mixes elements of [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic]] and [[PsychologicalHorror psychological]] horror in order to examine (and deconstruct) the ideas of sentience and consciousness. ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' became something of a hit for Watts, garnering a [[HugoAward Hugo]] nomination for best novel. The companion novel ''Echopraxia'' was published in August 2014 and is set in the inner Solar System.

Most recently, he [[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=1838 consulted on the tech and plot]] of the videogame ''[[VideoGame/{{Crysis}} Crysis 2]]'', as well as writing the novelization[[note]]he did ''not'' write the actual game story; that was done by fellow sci-fi author Creator/RichardKMorgan[[/note]].

Watts likes to [[ShownTheirWork show his work]], utilising extensive notes and references to support his work and theories. Because of this, unsurprisingly his work tends to end up on the ''hard'' end of the [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness scale]]. It also usually lies at the cynical end of the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism spectrum]] too, although not often without the slimmest, most stoic, hope available, if you squint.

[[CuteKitten He also likes cats]].

!Tropes involving Peter Watts
* AllThereInTheManual: Watts' website has a ton of supplementary information concerning his novels.
* ExecutiveMeddling: During the production of ''βehemoth'', the third book in the ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'', Watts's publisher Tor decided to split the book into two parts (subtitled ''β-Max'' and ''Seppuku''). This was a decision Watts was extremely unhappy with, leading to their relationship being soured. It would further deteriorate during the publishing of ''Blindsight'', due to artistic differences over the cover design, as well as an extremely limited print run. ''So'' limited, in fact, that once it began to become popular, '''nobody could find it'''! Faced with the prospect of having his novel buried, Watts decided that it would be better to make [[DoingItForTheArt no money]] and at least have the novel read, so he released it free on his [[http://rifters.com/ website]]. This move proved extremely popular, and led to Watts releasing his other novels and many of his short stories for free [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts.htm online]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: He has a short story called "Malak", about an autonomous drone plane that's sent into warzones to fight enemies. It's given special programming on how to discern between combatants and non-combatants so it can make combat decisions without input from its masters. Unfortunately, the protocols on what determines who is a "combatant" can be applied to the masters ''themselves''. Whoops.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Most of his works have shades (hah) of this, mostly due to their CrapsackWorld settings.
* MadeOfIron: Watts contracted [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necrotizing_fasciitis Necrotizing Fasciitis]]. That's a '''flesh eating bacteria'''. What did he do? He [[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=1831 blogged about it]]. The whole series of posts can be found here, under the title "[[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?category_name=flesh-eating-fest-11 Flesh Eating Fest '11]]". At one point, a nurse treating him said that he must have an extremely high pain tolerance.
* [[OverreactingAirportSecurity Overreacting Border Security]]: Watts had a now-infamous encounter on the U.S./Canadian border, during which he was [[PoliceBrutality maced and wrestled to the ground]] by a power-tripping border patrolman. The reason? Not reacting fast enough to a verbal command from the patrolman.
* PerspectiveFlip: His Hugo-nominated short story "The Things" is the events of the CultClassic sci-fi movie ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'' from the alien's point-of-view.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Very far towards the cynical end.
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13th Oct '14 2:01:18 PM GrandPrincePaulII
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His next novel, ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' (unrelated to ''Rifters''), focuses on a RagtagBunchOfMisfits sent to investigate a strange [[StarfishAliens alien artifact]] that's been detected on the edge of the solar system. The novel is mainly a FirstContact story that mixes elements of [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic]] and [[PsychologicalHorror psychological]] horror in order to examine (and deconstruct) the ideas of sentience and consciousness. ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' became something of a hit for Watts, garnering a [[HugoAward Hugo]] nomination for best novel. He is currently working on a companion novel, set on Earth around the same time.

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His next novel, ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' (unrelated to ''Rifters''), focuses on a RagtagBunchOfMisfits sent to investigate a strange [[StarfishAliens alien artifact]] that's been detected on the edge of the solar system. The novel is mainly a FirstContact story that mixes elements of [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic]] and [[PsychologicalHorror psychological]] horror in order to examine (and deconstruct) the ideas of sentience and consciousness. ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' became something of a hit for Watts, garnering a [[HugoAward Hugo]] nomination for best novel. He is currently working on a The companion novel, novel ''Echopraxia'' was published in August 2014 and is set on Earth around in the same time.
inner Solar System.
21st Feb '14 9:49:36 AM Shnakepup
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* GoneHorriblyRight: He has a short story called "Malak", about an autonomous drone plane that's sent into warzones to fight enemies. It's given special programming on how to discern between combatants and non-combatants so it can make combat decisions without input from its masters. Unfortunately, the protocols on what determines who is a "combatant" can be applied to the masters ''themselves''. Whoops.
2nd Sep '13 9:03:25 AM DriftingSkies
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Peter Watts is a "reformed" Canadian marine biologist turned HugoAward winning[[hottip:*:For best Novelette 2010, [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterWatts_TheIsland.pdf The Island]] SpeculativeFiction author, best known for his ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'' and his Hugo-nominated novel ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}''.

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Peter Watts is a "reformed" Canadian marine biologist turned HugoAward winning[[hottip:*:For winning[[note]]For best Novelette 2010, [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterWatts_TheIsland.pdf The Island]] Island]][[/note]] SpeculativeFiction author, best known for his ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'' and his Hugo-nominated novel ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}''.



Most recently, he [[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=1838 consulted on the tech and plot]] of the videogame ''[[VideoGame/{{Crysis}} Crysis 2]]'', as well as writing the novelization[[hottip:*:Note: he did ''not'' write the actual game story; that was done by fellow sci-fi author Creator/RichardKMorgan]].

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Most recently, he [[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=1838 consulted on the tech and plot]] of the videogame ''[[VideoGame/{{Crysis}} Crysis 2]]'', as well as writing the novelization[[hottip:*:Note: he novelization[[note]]he did ''not'' write the actual game story; that was done by fellow sci-fi author Creator/RichardKMorgan]].
Creator/RichardKMorgan[[/note]].
25th Jun '13 9:08:16 AM moloch
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His next novel, ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' (unrelated to ''Rifters''), focuses on a RagtagBunchOfMisfits sent to investigate a strange [[StarfishAliens alien artifact]] that's been detected on the edge of the solar system. The novel is mainly a FirstContact story that mixes elements of [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic]] and [[PsychologicalHorror psychological]] horror in order to examine (and deconstruct) the ideas of sentience and consciousness. ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' became something of a hit for Watts, garnering a [[HugoAward Hugo]] nomination for best novel.

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His next novel, ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' (unrelated to ''Rifters''), focuses on a RagtagBunchOfMisfits sent to investigate a strange [[StarfishAliens alien artifact]] that's been detected on the edge of the solar system. The novel is mainly a FirstContact story that mixes elements of [[CosmicHorrorStory cosmic]] and [[PsychologicalHorror psychological]] horror in order to examine (and deconstruct) the ideas of sentience and consciousness. ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'' became something of a hit for Watts, garnering a [[HugoAward Hugo]] nomination for best novel.
novel. He is currently working on a companion novel, set on Earth around the same time.
13th Mar '13 4:09:58 PM Xtifr
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Peter Watts is a "reformed" Canadian marine biologist turned HugoAward winning[[hottip:*:For best Novelette 2010, [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterWatts_TheIsland.pdf The Island]] SpeculativeFiction author, best known for his RiftersTrilogy and his Hugo-nominated novel ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}''.

Watts' first novel ''Starfish'' (beginning the RiftersTrilogy) focuses on a group of people who've been surgically augmented to survive the crushing depth of the ocean floor, in order to work on a power station located on a geo-thermal vent. The catch is that most normal people have trouble adjusting to the stresses of working and living in such an environment, so people who are ''naturally adapted'' to living in stressful environments are recruited instead. In this case, [[DysfunctionJunction victims of abuse]], including pedophiles, borderline masochists and clinical sociopaths. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]]. The series juggles [[AntiHero dark]] character study, a distinctly [[CrapsackWorld un-rosey view]] of future society, kick-ass action, and cutting edge technology. The series earned Watts much critical praise.

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Peter Watts is a "reformed" Canadian marine biologist turned HugoAward winning[[hottip:*:For best Novelette 2010, [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterWatts_TheIsland.pdf The Island]] SpeculativeFiction author, best known for his RiftersTrilogy ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'' and his Hugo-nominated novel ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}''.

Watts' first novel ''Starfish'' (beginning the RiftersTrilogy) ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'') focuses on a group of people who've been surgically augmented to survive the crushing depth of the ocean floor, in order to work on a power station located on a geo-thermal vent. The catch is that most normal people have trouble adjusting to the stresses of working and living in such an environment, so people who are ''naturally adapted'' to living in stressful environments are recruited instead. In this case, [[DysfunctionJunction victims of abuse]], including pedophiles, borderline masochists and clinical sociopaths. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]]. The series juggles [[AntiHero dark]] character study, a distinctly [[CrapsackWorld un-rosey view]] of future society, kick-ass action, and cutting edge technology. The series earned Watts much critical praise.



* ExecutiveMeddling: During the production of ''βehemoth'', the third book in the RiftersTrilogy, Watts's publisher Tor decided to split the book into two parts (subtitled ''β-Max'' and ''Seppuku''). This was a decision Watts was extremely unhappy with, leading to their relationship being soured. It would further deteriorate during the publishing of ''Blindsight'', due to artistic differences over the cover design, as well as an extremely limited print run. ''So'' limited, in fact, that once it began to become popular, '''nobody could find it'''! Faced with the prospect of having his novel buried, Watts decided that it would be better to make [[DoingItForTheArt no money]] and at least have the novel read, so he released it free on his [[http://rifters.com/ website]]. This move proved extremely popular, and led to Watts releasing his other novels and many of his short stories for free [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts.htm online]].

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* ExecutiveMeddling: During the production of ''βehemoth'', the third book in the RiftersTrilogy, ''Literature/RiftersTrilogy'', Watts's publisher Tor decided to split the book into two parts (subtitled ''β-Max'' and ''Seppuku''). This was a decision Watts was extremely unhappy with, leading to their relationship being soured. It would further deteriorate during the publishing of ''Blindsight'', due to artistic differences over the cover design, as well as an extremely limited print run. ''So'' limited, in fact, that once it began to become popular, '''nobody could find it'''! Faced with the prospect of having his novel buried, Watts decided that it would be better to make [[DoingItForTheArt no money]] and at least have the novel read, so he released it free on his [[http://rifters.com/ website]]. This move proved extremely popular, and led to Watts releasing his other novels and many of his short stories for free [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts.htm online]].
11th Feb '13 1:21:09 PM Xtifr
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Most recently, he [[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=1838 consulted on the tech and plot]] of the videogame ''[[VideoGame/{{Crysis}} Crysis 2]]'', as well as writing the novelization[[hottip:*:Note: he did ''not'' write the actual game story; that was done by fellow sci-fi author RichardKMorgan]].

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Most recently, he [[http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=1838 consulted on the tech and plot]] of the videogame ''[[VideoGame/{{Crysis}} Crysis 2]]'', as well as writing the novelization[[hottip:*:Note: he did ''not'' write the actual game story; that was done by fellow sci-fi author RichardKMorgan]].
Creator/RichardKMorgan]].
5th Dec '12 6:18:28 AM Lokimaros
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Watts' first novel ''Starfish'' (beginning the RiftersTrilogy) focuses on a group of people who've been surgically augmented to survive the crushing depth of the ocean floor, in order to work on a power station located on a geo-thermal vent. The catch is that most normal people have trouble adjusting to the stresses of working and living in such an environment, so people who are ''naturally adapted'' to living in stressful environments are recruited instead. In this case, [[DysfunctionJunction victims of abuse]], including pedophiles, borderline masochists and clinical sociopaths. [[ItGotWorse It gets worse]]. The series juggles [[AntiHero dark]] character study, a distinctly [[CrapsackWorld un-rosey view]] of future society, kick-ass action, and cutting edge technology. The series earned Watts much critical praise.

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Watts' first novel ''Starfish'' (beginning the RiftersTrilogy) focuses on a group of people who've been surgically augmented to survive the crushing depth of the ocean floor, in order to work on a power station located on a geo-thermal vent. The catch is that most normal people have trouble adjusting to the stresses of working and living in such an environment, so people who are ''naturally adapted'' to living in stressful environments are recruited instead. In this case, [[DysfunctionJunction victims of abuse]], including pedophiles, borderline masochists and clinical sociopaths. [[ItGotWorse [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]]. The series juggles [[AntiHero dark]] character study, a distinctly [[CrapsackWorld un-rosey view]] of future society, kick-ass action, and cutting edge technology. The series earned Watts much critical praise.
13th Nov '12 5:44:42 AM Shnakepup
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Peter Watts is a "reformed" Canadian marine biologist turned HugoAward winning[[hottip:*:For best Novelette 2010, [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterWatts_TheIsland.pdf The Island]]]] SpeculativeFiction author, best known for his RiftersTrilogy and his Hugo-nominated novel ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}''.

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Peter Watts is a "reformed" Canadian marine biologist turned HugoAward winning[[hottip:*:For best Novelette 2010, [[http://rifters.com/real/shorts/PeterWatts_TheIsland.pdf The Island]]]] Island]] SpeculativeFiction author, best known for his RiftersTrilogy and his Hugo-nominated novel ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}''.
13th Nov '12 5:44:31 AM Shnakepup
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* PerspectiveFlip: His Hugo-nominated short story "The Things" is the events of the CultClassic sci-fi movie ''Film/TheThing1982'' from the alien's point-of-view.

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* PerspectiveFlip: His Hugo-nominated short story "The Things" is the events of the CultClassic sci-fi movie ''Film/TheThing1982'' ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'' from the alien's point-of-view.
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