June 7th, 2007


On Vox: Blindsight: a challenging but worthwhile read

Peter Watts

Blindsight was one of those books that I almost stopped reading. I didn't like the protagonist, and the characters I could identify with appeared far too little. Not to mention the confusion of three men whose names all start with "S" (and weren't names I was accustomed to) and one character with multiple personalities (sometimes I thought some of the multiples were other crew members).

But I ploughed on, because there were interesting bits, a cool idea, and a number of recommendations (including being nominated for a Hugo).

As I approached the half-way point in the book, I grew to like the characters - including the narrator Sri. And it became more than just a cool book, more than just super-alien aliens, interesting philosophy, and a vampire. Eventually I couldn't put the book down, I had to know what was really going on, and was surprised by the twists.

If you've ever wondered about what is consciousness, what is self, and what is language, then I recommend this book - which is all that in a cool hard SF setting with weird aliens. And if you want a scientific explanation for vampires, check it out - or at least read the author notes at the end.

Originally posted on mmarques.vox.com