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Monday, July 25, 2005

Starfish: Peter Watts

Oh my my my. I read this one twice last weekend. It grabbed me from the first damn sentence. The basic narrative has to do with "rifters", people that live at the bottom of the ocean, and what type of psychological make-up one would need to survive, and even thrive, living in a artificial habitat on the ocean floor. It's set in the near future where countries have consolidated (example: "N'AmPac"), corporations have equal voice with government, and millions of refugees pack the coastline of the Pacific Rim.

Imagine my excitement upon finding out that this is only book one of a trilogy.


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  • but is the trilogy completed?

    By Anna, at 7:14 AM  

  • Heh. Yes. The second book (currently on ILL) is called Maelstrom and the third is Behemoth. (Only the "B" is a "beta".)

    Apparently Behemoth was actually published in two books, which the author did not like. Eventually the author's posting 'em for free on his site,

    By lillygog, at 9:23 AM  

  • Someone at work came up and interrupted me as I was reading the book description for the first time and I've spent the last two days thinking that the book was about humans who'd developed gills and lived and breathed in the ocean.

    What's the first sentence?

    By evt1618, at 10:35 AM  

  • "The abyss should shut you up.

    Sunlight hasn't touched these waters for a million years.

    Atmospheres accumulate by the hundreds here, the trenches could swallow a dozen Everests without burping. They say life itself got started in the deep sea. Maybe. It can't have been an easy birth, judging by the life that remains — monstrous things, twisted into nightmare shapes by lightless pressure and sheer chronic starvation."

    (I cheated and added a paragraph.)

    By lillygog, at 4:42 PM  

  • lightless pressure and sheer chronic starvation -- feh!

    By Anna, at 5:58 PM  

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