Waiting on Wednesday - Beyond the Rift by Peter Watts

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Beyond the Rift by Peter Watts
Tachyon Publications (November 18, 2013)

Skillfully combining complex science with skillfully 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 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. 

I have yet to give my fellow Canuck a read, despite having 3 of his books on the shelf, so I'm excited to dive into a short story collection and kickstart an introduction.


  1. Get hooked on his short stories and you'll have three books waiting!

  2. Oooh that does sound exciting!!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. I loved all his novels that I've come across - Blindsight and maelstrom (and its sequels). But I haven't seen any long form fiction from him in some time. After his run-in at the border some time back I was afraid he'd never get anything published in the states again.


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