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Blindsight (2006 - Anglais)

De Peter Watts ajouté le 25 juin 2010 (environ 458 pages)


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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Taille: 452 Ko

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Rifters trilogy: Starfish (1999 - Anglais)

De Peter Watts ajouté le 12 août 2009 (environ 448 pages)


Welcome to Beebe Station.

You're three kilometers below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. You're perched on the shoulder of an active volcano. The local fauna is very large and very nasty. If it doesn't kill you, a mudslide or an erupting smoker probably will.

Your fellow employees are rapists, pedophiles, borderline psychotics, and victims of same.

You feel very lucky to be here.

This is a damn sight better than the life you left behind.

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Taille: 304 Ko

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Rifters trilogy: Maelstrom (2001 - Anglais)

De Peter Watts ajouté le 12 août 2009 (environ 493 pages)


Welcome Back.

Not quite the place you remember, is it? Earthquakes and tsunamis don't fool around. But then what did they expect, detonating five hundred megatons on an active fracture zone?

They expected to kill you, of course. They killed millions, turned a dozen cities upside-down, to get you out of the way. They'll be really disappointed to find out they didn't succeed.

Something already knows that, though. Something vast, and powerful, and utterly inhuman. Something that seems to have its own uses for you.

You don't know why any of this is happening.

You will.

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Taille: 364 Ko

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Rifters trilogy: Behemoth (2005 - Anglais)

De Peter Watts ajouté le 17 sept. 2009 (environ 715 pages)


Five years ago you destroyed the world.

The world had it coming.

So you brought back a gift from the deep sea, a doomsday microbe to throw the planet on its side. Now DNA itself is on the way out. North America lies in ruins beneath the thumb of an omnipotent psychopath. Governments across the globe have fallen; warlords and suicide cults have risen from the ashes. All because five years ago, you had a score to settle.

But you've discovered something in the meantime: you destroyed the world on false pretenses.

For years now you've cowered among the mountains of the deep Atlantic. But you cannot hide forever. The consequences of past acts reach inexorably to the very bottom of the world — and suddenly, even here, there's no way to take back the body count.

One way or another, you're about to face the mess you made.

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Taille: 484 Ko

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