"[T]here can be no denying Watts's skills as a writer." -- Publishers Weekly "A wonderful collection of unique stories, Beyond the Rift had all the cogs in my brain whirring at full power." -- My Shelf Confessions "A new book from crazy genius Watts is always cause for celebration -- and this collection of short stories brings together some of his greatest work." -- Analee Newitz, io9 "Excellent stories that highlight the author's versatility and strengths in writing science fiction." -- Paul Weimer, SF Signal "...deep, daring, and deliberately thoughtful." -- Bob Milne, Beauty in Ruins "From the award-winning author of the Rifters trilogy ( Starfish; Maelstrom; Behemoth ) comes a collection that demonstrates Watts's skill with short fiction." -- Library Journal "... a sharp and incisive stylist with a rather tragic, if clear-eyed, view of human nature, and the capacity for some remarkable hard-SF inventions." --Gary K. Wolfe, Locus "Peter Watts is a biologist by training and a visionary by inclination... His killer opening sentences ('First Contact was supposed to solve everything'; 'Wescott was glad when it finally stopped breathing') are rabbit holes to strange futures." --Paul Di Filippo, Barnes & Noble Review
Skillfully combining complex science with finely executed prose, these edgy, award-winning tales explore the always-shifting border between the known and the alien.
The beauty and peril of technology and the passion and penalties of conviction merge in stories that are by turns dark, satiric, bold, and introspective. A seemingly humanized monster from John Carpenter’s The Thing reveals the true villains in an Antarctic showdown. An artificial intelligence shields a biologically-enhanced prodigy from her overwhelmed parents. A deep-sea diver discovers that her true nature lies not within the confines of her mission but in the depths of her psyche. A court psychologist analyzes a psychotic graduate student who has learned to reprogram reality itself. A father tries to hold his broken family together in the wake of an ongoing assault by sentient rainstorms.
Gorgeously saturnine and exceptionally powerful, these collected fictions are both intensely thought-provoking and impossible to forget.