Issue 40 – January 2010

Podcast, Original Fiction

The Things

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2011 Hugo Award Nominee
2010 BSFA Award Finalist
2010 Shirley Jackson Award Nominee
2010 Parsec Award Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction Story
2011 Finalist: the Locus Award for Best Short Story
2011 Theodore Sturgeon Award Nominee

The first half of this month's audio fiction is The Things written Peter Watts and read by Kate Baker.

Author profile

Peter Watts—author of Blindsight, Echopraxia, and the Rifters Trilogy, among other things—seems especially popular among people who don't know him. At least, he wins most of his awards overseas except for a Hugo (won thanks to fan outrage over an altercation with Homeland Security) a Jackson (won thanks to fan sympathy over nearly dying from flesh-eating disease), and a couple of dick-ass Canadian awards you've probably never heard of. Blindsight is a core text for university courses ranging from Philosophy to Neuropsychology, despite an unhealthy focus on space vampires. Watts's work is available in nineteen languages.

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