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Old 01-11-2017   #1
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Anti-humanist hard SF of Peter Watts

Any Peter Watts fans around here? Hard SF author that often deals in provocative philosophical themes, and often strays into weird and horror territory. His outlook is brave and strikingly similar to Ligotti's own, and I'd say that Blindsight and Exopraxia are both essential reading for any serious admirer of The Conspiracy against the Human Race, and any genre fiction fan that is serious about his or hers nihilist convictions.



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Re: Anti-humanist hard SF of Peter Watts

The story "The Things" by Peter Watts was nominated for various awards and can be read here:

Clarkesworld Magazine - Science Fiction Fantasy : The Things by Peter Watts

I take it that the story is told from the perspective of the alien in the story "The Thing".

The Wikipedia article on Peter Watts is interesting. He was a professional biologist and was in an incident at the US-Canadian border.

As to his fiction, I don't think he has a Ligottian, or for that matter, a pessimistic outlook. But if Peter Watts wants to enter this discussion, I would be delighted! Biological science fiction can be horror fiction too. John Wyndham's fiction comes to mind. Some stories by James Triptree (Alice Sheldon) could be called horror ("The Screwfly Solution", "The Last Flight of Doctor Ain") too.

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Re: Anti-humanist hard SF of Peter Watts

Just listened to part one of this talk. Fascinating.

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Re: Anti-humanist hard SF of Peter Watts

Quote Originally Posted by R.P.Dwyer View Post
The story "The Things" by Peter Watts was nominated for various awards and can be read here:

Clarkesworld Magazine - Science Fiction Fantasy : The Things by Peter Watts

I take it that the story is told from the perspective of the alien in the story "The Thing".

The Wikipedia article on Peter Watts is interesting. He was a professional biologist and was in an incident at the US-Canadian border.

As to his fiction, I don't think he has a Ligottian, or for that matter, a pessimistic outlook. But if Peter Watts wants to enter this discussion, I would be delighted! Biological science fiction can be horror fiction too. John Wyndham's fiction comes to mind. Some stories by James Triptree (Alice Sheldon) could be called horror ("The Screwfly Solution", "The Last Flight of Doctor Ain") too.
The Things is an amazing short story

The Last Line left me in chills
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