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Author: Peter Watts Narrator: Adam J. Rough Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Blindsight Series Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781629238920
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It’s the eve of the twenty-second century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven, and where evangelicals make scientific breakthroughs by speaking in tongues. Where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans, and where soldiers come with zombie switches that shut off self-awareness during combat—and it’s all under surveillance by an alien presence that refuses to show itself.

Daniel Bruks is a living fossil: a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational, and a cat’s-paw used by terrorists to kill thousands. Taking refuge in the Oregon desert, he’s turned his back on a humanity that shatters into strange new subspecies with every heartbeat. But he awakens one night to find himself at the center of a storm that will turn all of history inside-out.

Now he’s trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. To his left is a grief-stricken soldier obsessed by whispered messages from a dead son. To his right is a pilot who hasn’t yet found the man she’s sworn to kill on sight. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. And dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call “The Angels of the Asteroids.”

Their pilgrimage brings Dan Bruks, the fossil man, face-to-face with the biggest evolutionary breakpoint since the origin of thought itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dense, fast moving.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Watts welds philosophy and science in original ways. His novels are interested in not only the possibilities of technology but the nature of sentience and humanity…Watts manages to keep his prose lush even when serving high-concept science. This book is quite an achievement and should appeal to those who enjoy the works of Ian MacDonald and Hannu Rajaniemi.”

    Library Journal

  • “A paranoid tale that would make Philip K. Dick proud, told in a literary style that should seduce readers who don’t typically enjoy science fiction…This scientifically literate thriller’s tight prose and plot create an existential uneasiness that lingers long after the book’s end.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The plot is complex, yet narrator Adam J. Rough is able to maintain a moderately steady and meticulous narration. He’s highly skilled at differentiating characters with vocal nuances. There’s no confusion, for example, between Valerie the engineered vampire and the garrulous Sengupta. Most enjoyable is the agitated biologist Daniel Brüks, who is thrown into the middle of a species war that leads him on a journey he didn’t ask for. Rough captures his frustration to a tee. As narrator, he’s constantly moving with the text, playing with language that shapes this volatile world of androids, aliens, zombies, and posthumans.”


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About the Author

Peter Watts is a science fiction writer and a marine-mammal biologist. In addition to a number of accolades for science fiction—including the Aurora, Hugo, and Shirley Jackson Awards—Watts has won minor awards in fields as diverse as marine mammal research and documentary filmmaking. He lives in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Adam J. Rough has been involved in the arts his whole life. Having spent years as a stage actor and a singer, he is excited to start a career in voice-over and audiobook narration. Making and facilitating art is a great passion of his, from managing tours for Random Acts, to working as a stagehand for the Toledo Symphony.