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A Maelstrom of Replication: Peter Watts’s Glitching Textual Source Codes

  • Ben Eldridge
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Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)

Abstract

This chapter analyzes Peter Watts’s problematizing of the human and the sentient in the Rifters trilogy (1999–2004). Watts’s not merely postcolonial but, indeed, posthuman world challenges human dominance, as prehistoric and technologically based lifeforms compete with humans, blurring the lines between the biological and the technological, the physical and the virtual, the literal and the figurative. Divisions are artificially imposed, and Watts ruptures the biocentric fallacy that life will be forever confined to elements arising from organic chemistry: life, the text stresses, is nothing more than an expression of code.

Keywords

Peter Watts Rifters trilogy Biocentrism Artificial intelligence Sexuality Virology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben Eldridge
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  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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