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Old 12-12-2006, 05:10 AM   #1
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Peter Watts' Blindsight released under CC

In the footsteps of Cory Doctorow, Peter Watts is one of the few authors who release their novels under a Creative Commons license. His latest work, Blindsight (available as PDF and HTML) deals with the familiar theme of alien first contact and has a current Amazon star rating of 4-1/2 out of 5. From Publishers Weekly:
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In the late 21st century, when something alien is discovered beyond the edge of the solar system, the spaceship Theseus sets out to make contact. Led by an enigmatic AI and a genetically engineered vampire, the crew includes a biologist who's more machine than human, a linguist with surgically induced multiple personality disorder, a professional soldier who's a pacifist, and Siri Keeton, a man with only half a brain. Keeton is virtually incapable of empathy, but he has a savant's ability to model and predict the actions of others without understanding them. Once the Theseus arrives at the gigantic and hideously dangerous alien artifact (which has tellingly self-named itself Rorschach), the crew must deal with beings who speak English fluently but who may, paradoxically, not even be sentient, at least as we understand the term. Watts puts a terrifying and original spin on the familiar alien contact story.
Other stories by Peter Watts under CC include:
Thanks to Michele for the heads-up!
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Old 12-13-2006, 08:44 AM   #2
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Thanks Michele & Alexander for the links.
Well, I have downloaded Doctorow's novels some months ago, but I forgot to read them or better didn't found my time to do it. Thanks for the reminder.
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I've downloaded this as well! Watts' stuff is amazing. I'm a fan of very few authors, rather getting juiced up for stories, but Watts is an exception.
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wow, that's quite a blurb. Anyone here read it?
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:15 PM   #5
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Too many elephants for me. I belong to the Sci Fi Book Club, but one must use SOME restraint, I think.
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