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For questions about the Firefall series by Peter Watts. Use alongside the appropriate book tag when needed, for example, [blindsight].

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What's Chelsea doing going to Heaven, did I miss something?

Chelsea, Siri Keeton's ex, may not be a militant radical but she was a Realist, to the point of taking her sex in the raw, which it is suggested the Realists don't even do any more. As far as I could ...
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What is the gambit used by the crew of The Crown of Thorns to escape its tail?

In Peter Watts's Echopraxia, the crew of The Crown of Thorns uses a ruse to whoever is following them. But I'm unclear on how it worked or what the plan entailed. I gather that an escape pod was used ...
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What is Brüks's "Zone of Terror" in Echopraxia?

In the following passage from Peter Watts's Echopraxia, what does "Zone of Terror" refer to? The blade began to twist as he ascended the spoke. Brüks gritted his teeth, briefly closed his ...
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How did the novel "Blindsight", by Peter Watts, end?

Blindsight features a group of transhumans on a first contact with an alien species (Rorschach). In the end, it was mentioned Rorschach were constructing a magnetic cannon from the magnetosphere, did ...
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How can communicating in human language with an unconscious alien species be treated as an attack?

Blindsight mentions a group of 5 transhumans in a first contact with an unconscious alien species (Rorschach). Which the writer mentions any form of communication in human language, interpreted by the ...
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In Echopraxia, how did Portia reach Earth?

In Echopraxia, an alien life form/nanotechnology/something that the humans dub Portia reached Earth. The final stretch of that journey was apparently done inside Bruks, who was somehow an incubator, ...
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