your free dose of excellent skiffy for the day.

If you are familiar with John Carpenter’s The Thing, you need to head on over to Clarkesworld and read The Things by Peter Watts. It’s a short story along the lines of John Gardner’s Grendel, it’s very good indeed, and it’s one of those stories that make me slap my forehead and say, “Why didn’t I think of that before?”


6 thoughts on “your free dose of excellent skiffy for the day.

  1. Shane says:

    Cool companion piece to John W Campbell’s 1937 original story “Who Goes There?”.

  2. Blast Hardcheese says:

    The only other Peter Watts I’ve read is Blindsight. That story takes a similar delight in demolishing familiar notions of consciousness, and is even darker. He’s definitely not a ‘feel good’ type of author.

  3. BryanP says:

    Now that was a good read. Thanks for the link.

  4. Paul says:

    Good read. Sorta spooky, but interesting….might have to get the book.

  5. Ken says:

    I read Blindsight a while back, and found it thought-provoking; the whole notion of a 20% (if I remember right) metabolic penalty for sentience, and questionable (from a certain point of view, I suppose) benefit is a provocative and fascinating argument.

    Watts reminds me a bit of Charles Stross (the novellas A Colder War and Missile Gap are available online, and Missile Gap in particular raises similar questions about the value of individuality). I believe I was made in His image, so you can keep your bloody hive minds — 😉 but it’s entertaining reading and well worth thinking about withal.

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