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Blindsight - Peter Watts
Blindsight
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Two months since the stars fell...Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around the Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere burned them to ash. Two months since that moment of brief, bright surveillance by agents unknown. Two months of silence,... show more
Two months since the stars fell...Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around the Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere burned them to ash. Two months since that moment of brief, bright surveillance by agents unknown. Two months of silence, while a world holds its breath.Now some half-derelict space probe, sparking fitfully past Neptune's orbit, hears a whisper from the edge of the solar system: a faint signal sweeping the cosmos like a lighthouse beam. Whatever's out there isn't talking to us. It's talking to some distant star, perhaps. Or perhaps to something closer, something en route.So who do you send to force introductions on an intelligence with motives unknown, maybe unknowable? Who do you send to meet the alien when the alien doesn't want to meet?You send a linguist with multiple personalities, her brain surgically partitioned into separate, sentient processing cores. You send a biologist so radically interfaced with machinery that he sees x-rays and tastes ultrasound, so compromised by grafts and splices he no longer feels his own flesh. You send a pacifist warrior in the faint hope she won't be needed, and the fainter one she'll do any good if she is. You send a monster to command them all, an extinct hominid predator once called vampire, recalled from the grave with the voodoo of recombinant genetics and the blood of sociopaths. And you send a synthesist an informational topologist with half his mind gone as an interface between here and there, a conduit through which the Dead Center might hope to understand the Bleeding Edge.You send them all to the edge of interstellar space, praying you can trust such freaks and retrofits with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find.But you'd give anything for that to be true, if you only knew what was waiting for them...
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780765312181 (0765312182)
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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pareidolia
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5.0 Blindsight - Peter Watts
Maybe I'm foolish Maybe I'm blind Thinking I can see through this And see what's behind Got no way to prove it So maybe I'm blind What is this elusive thing we call „self“ anyway? What is consciousness, what is self-awareness, how does sentience relate to intelligence – and can there be one...
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4.0 "Ślepowidzenie" Peter Watts
Wśród przeróżnych rankingów literatury sci-fi prym wiodą przede wszystkim pozycje starsze, leciwe wręcz, które weszły do kanonu i klasyki gatunku. Jednym z wyjątków od tej reguły jest książka całkiem niedawno wydana przez pewnego biologa morskiego. Jak się okazuje, odnajdując się w głębinach morskic...
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The best scifi novel I've read in ages...
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5.0 Wow
I'm still feeling the aftershocks of this novel. This is a book dense with ideas. It's as if someone took Michael Crichton's silly book Sphere and made a really interesting and intelligent piece of speculative fiction within the same thematic territory: what if we encountered a truly alien species? ...
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