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The Colonel: A Tor.Com Original par [Watts, Peter]
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Colonel Keaton is in trouble. His wife has retreated into a virtual heaven and his son remains missing after joining an extrasolar mission to track down an alien race. He is presently tasked by his superiors with the threat assessment of hived human intelligences, one of which successfully attacks a compound under his watch. Now, one of the strongest hive minds in the world approaches Keaton with an offer that could completely change his world.

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  • Taille du fichier : 602 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 30 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books (29 juillet 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00L73GSVE
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J’ai beaucoup apprécié cet essai qui fait suite à « blindsight » et « echopraxia ». À quand la suite ? Je n’hésiterais pas une seconde à lire la suite si Peter Watts en publie une. Peter Watts est l’un de mes auteurs de science-fiction préférés.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Hive minds on Earth; alien surveyors in Space 17 août 2014
Par Peter S. Bradley - Publié sur
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This is another short story that show-cases characters or setting from an upcoming novel. In this case, I think it is Echopraxia. I don't know whether the characters in this short story appear in the novel, but I'd be surprised if they didn't because the "Colonel" - Jim Moore - seems to be central to whatever is happening.

In this story, humanity appears to approaching the singularity in weird and disquieting ways. It seems that the technology of linking human brains has allowed for the development of "hive" minds that are smarter and completely different from human beings. The story opens with a hive mind attacking a sulfur-dioxide atmosphere injection plant in South America, for no clear reason. The Colonel is involved with stopping that high tech/low tech terrorist attack. The story then follows up with a discussion between the Colonel and a representative from the "good" - we think - hive mind of "bicamerals" - who are organized like monasteries in the ecologically degraded future. The Bicamerals have information about the space ship the Colonel's son was sent on to investigate an alien species that "surveyed" the Earth two decades prior to the story. Then, the Colonel deals with his deal/alive wife who has entered "Heaven" where she "lives" in a virtual reality while the corporation that runs "Heaven" uses the spare processing power of her not dead brain.

We're not in Kansas, any more.

We don't really get a plot or a story in this short story. Instead we get a glimpse of a bizarre, and maybe plausible, future. If that kind of thing interests you and will hook you into the novel, then go for it.

I was interested. I thought the writing was crisp. I liked the main character, albeit I didn't know what really was happening, which is why this book is a "taste," not the meal itself.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 watts could be the Jules Verne if the next century.... what???? 27 décembre 2014
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Read some reviews,after I read the story. About what I expected; someone didn't realize it was a short story/to be continued, another was confused and didn't get it. The rest at least enjoyed the ride. This is what hard SciFi should be. Watts is a master of future speculation and writes on a level that leaves the best of us straining to keep up. His writing style is as imaginative and futuristic as his subject matter. I'm saying that in years to come more and more writers will copy the style of writers like Watts and others like mystery writer James Elroy. These guys get that the way they make a living is in an arms race with other media and your little bros Xbox. Writer's that don't develop imaginative and artistically intriguing style's will be reduced to the dumb pulp ya mom reads.
Watt's not only works his tail off to bring stories that get your synapses overheating with a brilliant and original future all his own, he gives you a view of a writing style that may be every day stuff for your grandchildren. That said all SciFi is as good as what the reader brings to it. With a journeymans knowledge of the sciences The Colonal and all of Watts work will scare the heck out of you like the horror guys could only dream of. Watts is an artist who not only entertains but educates if you swallow your ego and let him.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Peter Watts' continues to pithily render fascinating ideas in wonderful prose. I hadn't read Blindsight for some time ... 10 août 2014
Par Lorca Rossman - Publié sur
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Peter Watts' continues to pithily render fascinating ideas in wonderful prose. I hadn't read Blindsight for some time so this piece more or less had to stand on its own; it did. Agree it leaves one wanting full book-length development. More please!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best writers out there 14 août 2014
Par DAVID - Publié sur
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One of the best writers out there. Some (most?) of the science fiction I've been exposed to lately seems to be written at a pretty low level. Not this dude! The science of his near future is out there - but grounded in reasonable/believable way. Check out the footnotes in some of the other novels.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's just too short :-( 30 avril 2015
Par Tghu Verd - Publié sur
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This was bittersweet reading...because it is too short!

OK, that's fair it's a short after all, but Watts packs so much in, engages you with his evocative writing style and punches you three times a paragraph that you don't want it to end.

Now it **really** helps to have read the two 'Firefall' novels before this or you will miss context and characters, but they are equally sublime so that's not a bad thing. And if you have you will find this is a vignette set between them that sets the scene for why the Colonel is where he is when we meet him in the novels. It also includes a hint of why he is why he is, though that is covered in depth in the novels.

For me, we'd just hit the runway and were prepped for take off when it ended. I was devastated! And that's just about the best complement I can offer. Because a short that is too short is a good short, even if that makes the reading bittersweet.
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