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Peter Watts Is An Angry Sentient Tumor: Revenge Fantasies and Essays

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  20 reviews
“A brilliant bastard.” —Cory Doctorow
“Comfort, of course, is the last thing that Watts wants to give.” —New York Review of Science Fiction

Which of the following is true?

-Peter Watts is banned from the U.S.
-Watts almost died from flesh-eating bacteria.
-A schizophrenic man living in Watts's backyard almost set his house on fire.
-Watts was raised by Baptists who really
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Published November 12th 2019 by Tachyon Publications
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Aug 06, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
i want to be best friends with whoever wrote this book
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strangely enough, this angry sentient tumor has a big thing about using Peer-Reviewed articles in his essays. That's great! I think it is really funny when he uses lesser-known articles to debunk the whole methodology of psychology. Or when it's set against right-wing-religious nutters.

I read this mainly because it's Peter Watts. Period. He's smart, isn't afraid to burn bridges, and he has the whole Curmudgeon thing DOWN. Get off my lawn! But he also has a point. Many of them. And when it comes
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley

I read this because I like Peter Watts as an author and wanted to learn more about him. My rating is 3.5 stars, but let me just start by saying how unfair it is to rate a book that's made up of blog posts... First of all, all of them are so different, and it's always harder to rate without a theme, and secondly, a lot of it is at least a little personal, which makes it harder to rate still.

The book starts out roughly - with a post or two
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Una interesante recopilación de artículos del autor, de temática variada y con el estilo sarcástico que le caracteriza. Una lectura muy agradable.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had a lot of fun reading this book and it was a good way of getting to know a new to me author.
I laughed a lot and loved his style of writing.
I don't know if this anthologies of blog posts reflects his book but I can say it's a good and entertaining read.
I will surely read the books by this author.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Joe Karpierz
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was describing this book to a friend of mine a little while ago. I said that John Scalzi writes serious blog posts, and he writes funny blog posts. He skewers people, he gets angry, he comments on current events, politics, things going on in the areas of science fiction and fantasy. And then he puts a bunch of them into a book which probably sells like crazy (I don't know for sure, given t that I haven't bought any of those books nor have I bothered to dig into their sales figures). He *knows* ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Peter Watts Is An Angry Sentient Tumor: Revenge Fantasies and Essays by Peter Watts is a highly recommended collection of over fifty essays.

Peter Watts may be an angry sentient tumor, but he is also an opinionated one and in this collection of blog entries he shares his many opinions, along with his anger, on a wide variety of topics. He really They are not all angry, some of them are about his cats, or other cats, but all of them are thought provoking and are going to incite some kind of
Greg Chatham
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I check in on Peter Watts' blog throughout the year, and I agree with him on a lot of things. I also agree with his opening statement here. Why is this a book?

For the most part, the blog entries collected here don't feel dated. (Except for the occasional movie reviews, which bring up some good nitpicks but are too snarky for my taste.) But they do feel inessential, and the entire project suffers from this same aura of indifference. "Here are some blog entries I did, but not all the ones you
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Peter Watts is an author that I haven't read from before this, but I will definitely be changing that soon. This was a great reading experience for me. A collection of blog posts ranging from his personal life and upbringing, movie reviews and current events, Watts presented things in ways that I, a person who isn't a big fan of blogs, really enjoyed. Also included were parts about science! Which was awesome! Watts is a former marine biologist, and I loved getting information and perspective on ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I'm going to keep my review short and to the point since I don't have a lot to say that's positive about this book; Watts is at his best when he's at his most speculative, when he's pushing the boundaries of what's known and unknown about our universe and the way reality works. Where I found myself uncomfortable was while reading his reviews—mostly of films, but of some television shows and other media as well—and disagreeing not only with his points but his approach. It has actually given me ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A very lefty sf author writes about the world, including his pets (ah, the joys of loving a difficult cat) and the fact that we’ve pretty much guaranteed a climate apocalypse and very few people seem to have noticed. The best bit was his description of a spat he had with David Brin over whether individuals could respond to pervasive government surveillance with surveillance of their own: “Brin reminded us; our leaders are Alphas. Trying to ban government surveillance would be like poking a ...more
Colin Fleming
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This pissed-off sci-fi writer contains multitudes. There’s paranoid Peter, raging against the militarization of policing and cops killing black men with impunity. There’s science Peter, describing the mysteries of the human brain with boyish, wide-eyed wonder. And there’s tender Peter, mourning the loss of a cat, or offering to pay for a prostitute for his gay Baptist father, a gesture so awkward and loving that it nearly broke me. And yet, while there are many Peters, they are united by a ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wide-ranging set of blog posts and essays from a whip-smart author. He writes VERY well, of course (and is rightfully a well-respected author). It was fun getting to know him (and his cats) a little (especially since I'm in the middle of one of his novels). Among other things, he is a self-described geek (a good thing). He also knows himself well, and has a good sense of humor. You don't have to be a fan of the author to enjoy this.

A big thank you to Tachyon and NetGalley for the ARC
I really really want to enjoy Peter Watts but I just can't get into the writing. The summary of freeze frame evolution and this one got me really excited to dive straight in but something is stopping me from enjoying it.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Watts is angry, and he has good reason to be. Not all of the essays are outrage but they all bring up relevant points of discussion for the subject - even the ones that are less cerebral. This is a quick, well written, read that you can take as a whole or in bits and pieces.
Klaus Varias
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deprimirend aber gut.
Und Notwendig.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is really fucking uneven
Ben Brackett
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and thoughtful
Stephanie (Librarianish) Davidson
#98 in 2019. This is a very strange book. But its also hilarious, and I know a handful of people who would probably really enjoy it, and so I'm going to recommend it to them right now.
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“Hell, Neil Gaiman took a classic that nine-year-old Peter Watts devoured without any trouble at all—Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book—and dumbed it down to an (admittedly award-winning) story about ghosts and vampires, aimed at an audience who might find a story about sapient wolves and tigers too challenging. It may only be a matter of time before Nineteen Eighty Four is reissued using only words from the Eleventh Edition of the Newspeak Dictionary.” 1 likes
“Of course, no one’s immune to these biases; I’ve caught myself cherry-picking data on more than one occasion. To that extent we all live in glass houses. But there are ways of error-checking yourself, if you care to use them. The scientific method, at its heart, is a set of tools explicitly designed to break through bias and shine a light on the empirical information underneath. Recognizing our prejudices, we can overcome them. But one thing we cannot do—and it has taken me so very long to realize this—is reason successfully with those who reject such tools. Logic doesn’t matter to a Jehovah’s Witness. Fossils mean nothing to a creationist. All the data in the world will not change the mind of a true climate-change denier.4 You cannot reason with these people. You cannot take them seriously. It is a waste of energy to even try.” 1 likes
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