Maelstrom by Peter Watts

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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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About Peter Watts

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Peter Watts calls himself "a reformed marine biologist." Canada's Globe and Mail calls him "one of the very best hard-SF writers alive." The two volumes of ßehemoth complete the trilogy he began with Starfish and Maelstrom. He is currently writing an unrelated literary novel involving space vampires for Tor. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Published January 6, 2009 by Tor Books. 388 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After tracing its origins to a geothermal generating station nearly 4,000 feet down at Channer Vent—the same station where Lenie worked—Desjardins finds that Lenie's route parallels Behemoth's expansion.

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Peter Watts Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Starfish Maelstrom is a followup to Peter Watts' debut novel, Starfish, in which a deadly microbe from Earth's prehistoric past is discovered at the site of a deep-sea power generating station.

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