Monday, February 07, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Peter Watts - Blue Tyson

Peter Watts has written four science fiction novels and is closing on 20 short stories. His work, particularly in the latter half of the noughties is of high quality. One novel and one short story are of subgenre interest.

Blindsight has a space mission including zombie posthumans and a space vampire that is sent out to encounter aliens who have been observing Earth. Serious problems ensue. This is available at his website as a Creative Commons download. An excellent book.

The story The Island has a ship crew imperil an alien who is large enough to exist as a sphere around a star. Another problem is that the ship's AI is crazy. Also a very good story which is available at the author's website, or as a podcast.


The Island