Blindsight (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/10/3
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It's been two months since a myriad of alien objects clenched about the Earth, screaming as they burned. The heavens have been silent since - until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who to send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn't want to meet? Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder, and a biologist so spliced to machinery he can't feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior, and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find - but you'd give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them.
""Blindsight" is fearless: a magnificent, darkly gleaming jewel of a book that hurdles the contradictions inherent in biochemistry, consciousness, and human hearts without breaking stride. Imagine you are Siri Keeton. Imagine you are nothing at all. You don't have to; Peter Watts has done it for you." --Elizabeth Bear, author of "Hammered""""Peter Watts has taken the core myths of the First Contact story and shaken them to pieces. The result is a shocking and mesmerizing performance, a tour-de-force of provocative and often alarming ideas. It is a rare novel that has the potential to set science fiction on an entirely new course. "Blindsight" is such a book." -Karl Schroeder ""Blindsight" is a tour de force, redefining the First Contact story for good. Peter Watts' aliens are neither humans in funny make-up nor incomprehensible monoliths beyond human comprehension -- they're something new and infinitely more disturbing, forcing us to confront unpalatable possibilities about the nature of consciousness. It's good, and it'll make your skin crawl when you stop to think about it. Strongly recommended: this may be the best hard SF read of 2006." --Charles Stross""Blindsight" is excellent. It's state-of-the-art science fiction: smart, dark and it grabs you by the throat from page one. Like a C J Cherryh book it makes you feel the danger of the hostile environment (or lack of one) out there. And unlike many books it plays with some fascinating possibilities in human development (I like the idea of some disabilities becoming advantages here) and some disconcerting ideas about human consciousness (understanding what action preceding though actually means). What else can I say? Thanks for giving me the privilege of reading this." --Neal Asher "It seems clear that every second Peter Watts is not actually writing must be spent reading, out at the cutting edge of all the sciences and all the arts at once. Only that can't be so, because he obviously spends fully as much time thinking about everything he's read, before he sits down to turn it into story. His latest starts by proving that there are circumstances in which half a brain is better than one, or even a dozen-and then builds steadily in strangeness and wonder with every page. If Samuel R. Delany, Greg Egan and Vernor Vinge had collaborated to update Algis Budrys's classic "Rogue Moon "for the new millenium, they might have produced a novel as powerful and as uniquely beautiful as "Blindsight." Its narrator is one of the most unforgettable characters I have ever encountered in fiction." --"Spider Robinson," co-author of "Variable Star" by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson商品の説明をすべて表示する
This book has one of the most unique and fresh idea's on aliens. It is extremely dark, well-researched and complex. Alien's are truly alien's. We don't understand them, we can't understand them. And the scary part is, we are the same to them.
The vampire bit is also interesting, it's not Twilight, but it adds a whole new dimension on the evolution of our science and mankind. I loved everything about this book.
But one must counterbalance that with meandering streams of consciousness, a love story that never took off and most of all, head-scratching attempts at the confusing events, locations and times that seemed more like a Proust dream than real action. No character was developed. **** SPOILER ****** A future Earth awakes to alien artifacts above the planet. A team of augmented post-humans led by a rejuvenated vampire travels to the edges of the solar system where "something" waits. Watt succeeds in presenting the idea that aliens are truly beyond human comprehension. Cutting-edge Ideas abound - VR wars, an electronic "Heaven" on Earth, advanced nano, AI and human augmentation. Phrases were equally original - The Bleeding Edge, The Fourth Wave, Burns-Caulfield, BIg Ben, Rorschach, Gang of Four... But the extreme confusion is setting and action descriptions made reading as much chore as pleasure sometimes.
In the end, the reader must ask, "Is consciousness a good thing and is it peculiar to our species?" The author asks the hard question - Can directed intelligence exist without self-awareness and if so, is communication even possible?" My grade: B+
Top knotch word smithery.
ps. There were a handful of editorial mistakes throughout the text but it was still readable.
Don't be put off by the reviewers who wonder at the endnotes to a novel. Watts is exploring our own imagined existential selves by asking questions like - is unconscious intelligence superior to consciousness? Is consciousness a maladaptation? What are the types of beings that can navigate the stars using less than light speed modes of transport?
Inventive - aimed for those who like to think about what is happening rather just being rushed from one dramatic scene to the next.