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Prepare for a different kind of singularity in Peter Watts' Echopraxia, the follow-up to the Hugo-nominated novel Blindsight

It's the eve of the twenty-second century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven and evangelicals make scientific breakthroughs by speaking in tongues; where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans and soldiers come with zombie switches that shut off self-awareness during combat. And it's all under surveillance by an alien presence that refuses to show itself.

Daniel Bruks is a living fossil: a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational, a cat's-paw used by terrorists to kill thousands. Taking refuge in the Oregon desert, he's turned his back on a humanity that shatters into strange new subspecies with every heartbeat. But he awakens one night to find himself at the center of a storm that will turn all of history inside-out.

Now he's trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. To his left is a grief-stricken soldier, obsessed by whispered messages from a dead son. To his right is a pilot who hasn't yet found the man she's sworn to kill on sight. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. And dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call "The Angels of the Asteroids."

Their pilgrimage brings Dan Bruks, the fossil man, face-to-face with the biggest evolutionary breakpoint since the origin of thought itself.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780765328021
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction F Wat


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Sep 25, 2018

Christchurchlib's review, "this could serve as a companion volume to Blindsight", is expressing its similarity in the most complimentary way possible.
Blindsight, Part II is more accurate--- same plot, and very similar characters (more neo-vampires). Still chock full of science ideas. Sometimes his dramatizations work, emotionally illustrate his ideas, but here... well, "overwrought" does capture the tone. I couldn't finish it.
Still, if you're a science buff, this author has more ideas, and vivid explanatory power, than a boxcar load of his competitors (he even offers a bibliography of sources).
In this particular case i think he should've repackaged his ideas into essay form.

May 02, 2017

This book was just...overwrought.
Ugh. Wanted to like it. If you like sentances like, "Three trillion nodes and a ten-thousand-link search radius was a pretty impoverished echo of the actual Quinternet, but you could still dig for a thousand lifetimes and never reach its edge."
You will love this book.
Oh. And Vampires have a lot of teeth. And are scary. Repeated ad nauseum.

ChristchurchLib Jun 09, 2016

Daniel Brüks is obsolete. He's a field biologist in a scientific community that's gone computational, an atheist in a faith-based society, and a mortal man trying to survive in an increasingly post-human civilization. Boarding the Rapture-guided ship Crown of Thorns, Brüks joins the hive-like Bicameral Order of monks and a genetically engineered vampire who are following in the footsteps of the Theseus mission, which vanished years ago after reaching the edge of our solar system. En route, Brüks and the crew discover a post-biological organism that challenges everything they know about the nature of life in the universe. Echopraxia serves as a companion novel to the Hugo Award-nominated Blindsight, although this book can be enjoyed without having read its predecessor.

Apr 15, 2016

This non-sequel to Watts mind-blowing BLINDSIGHT further explores the questions of intellect, technology, knowledge, survival and identity.
The book stands alone, however i recommend reading BLINDSIGHT first. Enjoy the ride and the chilling revelations herein.


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