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Peter Watts

Starfish

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    This waiting, it's just— God, Lenie, you wouldn't put a dog through this. Please."
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    She's holding her breath, there's no point in switching on her electrolyser for a measly twenty or thirty seconds.
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    The ocean squeezes into Forcipiger, bullies the atmosphere into tighter and tighter corners. It never lets up.
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    Your other leg's injured too. Maybe just a sprain."
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    Rowan's minions were frantically rerouting power from Gorda and Mendocino, from equatorial sunfarms,
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    Every building in the lower mainland had windows designed to break inwards in the event of a quake. It wasn't an ideal solution— especially to those who happened to be inside at the time— but it was the best compromise available.
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    murky green glacier of broken glass, seven meters deep, packed tight with blood and wreckage and butchered body parts jammed between piecemeal panes.
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    All those faults and fractures between here and there would work in their favor, firebreaks to keep the tremor from getting this far.
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    looked like a contrail, seen head-on.

    "Ah, shit," Joel said.
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    These GA 'scaphes are fucking dirigibles.
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    The reptile is privy to certain insights that should, by rights, be denied it.
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    He rubs his face. Clarke has never seen him so fidgety.
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    She almost revels in the silence now. No clanging footfalls disturb her, no sudden outbursts of random violence. The only pulse she hears is her own. The only breath comes from the air conditioners.
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    He knows that, of course. He's just making token protests; if he can't get absolution from Fischer, at least he can try and look like a saint to everyone else.
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    Not the drudgery, or the long hours, or any of the things most people would complain about. Joel liked boredom. You didn't have to think much.
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    There were general rules to be gleaned from all this. Parsimony was one: simple informational systems were somehow preferable to complex ones. There were caveats, of course. Too simple a system was no system at all. The rule didn't seem to apply below some threshold complexity. But elsewhere it reigned supreme: Simpler Is Better.
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    1211 had sampled some those signals once. It took a very long time just to grow the right connections, to set up buffers which could hold the data in the necessary format. Multilayered matrices, each interstice demanding precise orientation relative to all the others. Vision, it was called, and it was full of pattern, fluid and complex. 1211 had analyzed it, found each nonrandom relationship in every nonrandom subset, but it was sheer correlation. If there was intrinsic meaning within those shifting patterns, 1211 couldn't find it.
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    "What if you were instructed to play a game of checkers, same caveat?"
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    "Do you agree with my previous statement?" Scanlon asked.

    "Yeah," drawled the gel, it's voice edging into the masculine.
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    Kin selection," Scanlon said.

    "What?"

    "Tribal loyalties. Never give the competition an edge. It's basically genetic."
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