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Watts, Peter

ISBN 10: 0312878060 / ISBN 13: 9780312878061
Edité par Tor [1999]., New York, 1999
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Octavo, boards. First edition. The first book of the Rifters trilogy. In a near future world beset by crises (energy is waning, the ecological health of the planet is increasingly precarious), Rifters are teams of humans selected to operate geothermal power plants in the Pacific benthos; to fit them for this imprisoned existence, they have been physically transformed into something like cyborgs, and mentally damaged to shape their behavior according to the goals of their masters in the world above. Watts's presentation of group stress is crude but intense, and the complexities of the long story never entirely distract the reader's attention from the nearly intolerable psychodrama. An effectively alien underwater microbial species known as the Behemoth, which lacks DNA, threatens to invade the upper world, ending DNA-based life; a threat which is delayed in Rifters. But as MAELSTROM opens, a nuclear explosion causes a tsunami which devastates the Pacific Rim, and the new species spreads; B-MAX and SEPPUKU focus with quite extraordinary grimness on the savage interactions amongst the damaged cadre of Rifters, who may be at the first stages of evolving into posthuman beings; and upon Homo sapiens in the grip of a terminal crisis that may bring on the end of the world." - John Clute, SFE (online). The author's first novel. ". a fine piece of noir SF ." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-1217. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#146772). N° de réf. du libraire 146772

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Éditeur : Tor [1999]., New York

Date d'édition : 1999

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

Edition : 1st Edition

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An enormous tidal wave on the west coast of North America has just killed thousands. Lenie Clarke, in a black wetsuit, walks out of the ocean onto a Pacific Northwest beach filled with the oppressed and drugged homeless of the Asian world who have gotten only this far in their attempt to reach America. Is she a monster, or a goddess? One thing is for sure: all hell is breaking loose.

This dark, fast-paced, hard SF novel returns to the story begun in Starfish: all human life is threatened by a disease (actually a primeval form of life) from the distant prehuman past. It survived only in the deep ocean rift where Clarke and her companions were stationed before the corporation that employed them tried to sterilize the threat with a secret underwater nuclear strike. But Clarke was far enough away that she was able to survive and tough enough to walk home, 300 miles across the ocean floor. She arrives carrying with her the potential death of the human race, and possessed by a desire for revenge. Maelstrom is a terrifying explosion of cyberpunk noir by a writer whose narrative, says Robert Sheckley, "drives like a futuristic locomotive."

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Peter Watts lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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