Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: 'Echopraxia' by Peter Watts

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and it is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Prepare for a different kind of singularity in this 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. 
18490708Now 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.
This one sounds pretty cool, no? I like how things such as zombies and vampires are used to "better" the human race and how religion seems to overtake science. Although I believe all of this to be impossible, I'm excited to see how it will work in the novel. This one comes out on the 26th of August 2014, published by Tor Books.

What are you waiting for?

15 comments:

  1. I have no idea what to think of this one, but I hope you'll like it!
    Aly @ Aly's Miscellany

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  2. Ooh I'm intrigued by this one. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Wednesday!

    My WoW

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  3. It does sound pretty cool, I have to be in the mood for one of the heavier complicated ones, but definitely interested in it! Thanks for stopping by earlier. :)

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  4. Hmm...I'm stunned by the possibilities conceived of here...and now I'm curious! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  5. This doesn't sound like something I would normally read, but I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by My WoW.

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  6. Sounds like an interesting premise, but I'm not sure it's for me. Hope you enjoy it, though! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. It does sound pretty cool, and I hope you'll like it. Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by my WoW earlier. :)

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  8. Yes, I'm very much looking forward to this! First time I saw the Echopraxia cover it shocked me, it's gorgeous.

    ~Mogsy

    My WoW

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  9. Sounds very adventurous...and worth the wait!

    My WoW: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/05/waiting-on-wednesday-new-chris.html

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  10. This sounds interesting, I had never heard of it before, nice choice and thanks for stopping by

    88dreamers @ Seriesly Reading

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  11. You know, I haven't made up my mind about this one yet--we'll see if it grows on me;) That cover is pretty wicked cool, though

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  12. Oooh... this is an interesting read! I hope you enjoy it!

    Thanx for visiting my WoW!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  13. I so agree about all of this being possible! It sounds beyond fascinating. Thanks for pointing this one out!

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  14. Wow sounds great - I hope you enjoy Echopraxia.
    Thanks for visiting :)

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  15. Oh wow, this sounds fascinating! Quite unlike anything I've read before, but different in a good way. :D Great pick!!

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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