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Old 07-23-2005, 10:50 AM   #1
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Free e-book: "Starfish" converted for iSilo and Plucker

Update: The second book of the Rifter triology is also available for download.

Sci-Fi author Peter Watts has released Starfish, the first book in his Rifter series, under a Creative Commons license. Since the author doesn't mind the redistribution and transformation of his work, I attached HTML, iSilo and Plucker versions (updated!) of the book to this post for your convenience. From Publishers Weekly:

Set in the early 21st century, Watts's debut describes a future when the search for energy leads to the tapping of geothermal sources deep in the ocean, as in the Pacific's Juan de Fuca Rift, near Canada's Northwest coast. The maintenance workers of the dangerous underwater power plants are selected for their psychotic tendencies, which enable them to forget their previous lives on dry land, and are then surgically altered to survive the intense pressure of the sea's abyssal depths. These changes, which render the workers amphibious, also leave them less than well equipped to face the threat of powerful, archaic bacterialike creatures that proliferate at the ocean bottom and use human hosts to carry them upward to dry land, where their superior DNA could render our species obsolete...The novel's pacing is excellent, making this, overall, a good bet for beach reading.

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Old 07-23-2005, 11:11 AM   #2
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I was contacted by Peter Watts (nice guy!) who informed me that his current PDF version of Starfish contains a few minor glitches. Nothing serious, except perhaps that the Beta symbol prints as a 9. He is currently working on a fixed PDF, and I may then re-upload the converted files.
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Old 07-23-2005, 12:35 PM   #3
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I received an updated PDF copy from Peter and converted it again to Plucker + iSilo. I suggest you redownload the attached files which include the fixes from the original PDF.
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Old 07-23-2005, 05:17 PM   #4
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Nice goody. Thank you Alex.
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Old 07-26-2005, 12:40 PM   #5
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"Starfish", along with the 2nd book in the trilogy "Malestrom", are now available at Manybooks (http://manybooks.net) in a wide range of eBook formats. Both titles have some encoding problems, at least in the generic PalmDOC versions.
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That's great, thanks for the update dwig. I also added the most recent additions of Manybooks to our frontpage newsfeed.
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Just downloaded it (and the other part of the series) for my next weekend read.
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thanks a lot
english is not my native language,so i think it is hard for me to read this book,but i just want to do it !
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