Coming Up… Promo: Class Title: The Force of Star Wars: Examining the Epic Main Fiction: “Bethlemen” by Peter Watts Peter Watts is a (former) scientist, author, and convicted felon who spent the first two decades of his adult life as a marine biologist. After fleeing academia for science fiction he became known for the habit of appending extensive technical bibliographies onto his novels; this both confers a veneer of credibility and covers his ass against nitpickers. Described by the Globe & Mail as “one of the very best [hard-sf writers] alive”, the overall effect of his prose is perhaps best summed up by critic James Nicoll: “Whenever I find my will to live becoming too powerful, I read Peter Watts”. His debut novel (Starfish) was a NY Times... Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/starshipsofa. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.