51 Down 1 Left (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

First Contact occurs in a planetwide spectacle but the actual aliens are nowhere to be seen. The source of the signal is traced light-years away and a crew is dispatched to figure out the purpose of the message. Siri Keeton is the lobotomized protagonist – able to decode and encode any message without needing to understand its content – sent to record the real Contact.

The crew consists of a surgically-induced schizophrenic – 4 geniuses sharing one body, a biologically-modified synthaesist – able to taste radio frequencies but unable to feel his fingertips, a pacifist soldier whose greatest triumph was an act of treason, a resurrected vampire of an ancient intelligence beyond the ken of any homo sapiens, and our almost-autistic narrator.

Cory Doctorow describes Peter Watts as a writer of angry sci-fi, which is quite apt considering the way technology seems to have evolved in his fiction. Science has reached an apex, but the world of Blindsight is bleaker than your typical future dystopia. Ostensibly an amalgam of Alien and Solaris, Watts also evokes some incredibly mind-reeling ideas about sentience and the definition of life – Blindsight is at once horrific and illuminating, quite a depressing read, but perfect for the rainy weather.

(ISBN No: 0765312182) Check NLB Catalogue for item availability.

My final book this year will be 300 by Frank Miller.

2 Responses to “51 Down 1 Left (52 Books, 52 Weeks)”

  1. 1 Lounge Lizard December 27, 2006 at 21:24

    Eh, 300 is like an easy read… A graphic novel, no doubt but still…

  2. 2 billy December 27, 2006 at 23:11

    not say every week must read novel one wat. i read road to perdition graphic novel earlier this year also wat. besides, i’m making the rules anyways.

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