The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

The Freeze-Frame Revolution

2019 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalist“This—THIS—is the cutting edge of science fiction.” —Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered CarbonHow do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each job shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears, and relentlessly, honestly, onl...

Details The Freeze-Frame Revolution

TitleThe Freeze-Frame Revolution
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherTachyon Publications
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Novella

Reviews The Freeze-Frame Revolution

  • Claudia
    First of all, this novella is not meant to be read on its own. Could be regarded as a standalone, but you’ll feel like something is missing. And that’s because it’s part of a series of stories, entitled the Sunflower cycle, which includes three more short ones (so far).*Publication order is: The Island (2009) - Winner of Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2010 -, Hotshot (2014), Giants (2014) and The Freeze-Frame Revolution (June 2018). Now...
  • Bradley
    This is some classy hard-hard SF. :) Black hole/worm hole drive using new and real theories? Hell yeah.But beyond that, I love the whole idea of short periods of wakefulness during a single trip that takes 65 million years. Add a rebellion against IBM... I mean HAL... I mean CHIMP, without expecting anything to go quite the way that 2001 went, or even remotely like it, and we've got a really fascinating story.Watts knows how to build really fasci...
  • Gary
    9 out of 10 at: sixty-five million years, the crew of the starship Eriophora has been building gates to facilitate faster space travel for human expansion. The ship is ruled by Chimp, a “dumb” AI built with a lower synapse count to keep it at relatively human-level intelligence, and every few thousand or million or so years a build crew is selected and awakened from among its 30,000-plus population ...
  • Jane
    I really wanted to like The Freeze-Frame Revolution more than I actually did, but in the end it was just too far into hard sci-fi territory for me. The concept is clever -- a ship filled with 30 000 or so crew members is on a long-term mission to build wormhole bridges throughout the universe. And by long-term, I'm not kidding! We're talking 65 million years (so far!) here. Each crew member is kept in deep freeze most of the time, with brief few-...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    GRAB IT! NOW! I just can't begin to tell you how much I loved this book. And I know for a fact I will be reading it again, and perhaps soon. There are just so many reasons why I could recommend it to you! It’s a book for the true scifi fan that manages to be refreshing and new, at the same time retaining all the benefits of being basically hard scifi. It also raises tough questions about natural versus artificial intelligence and their relati...
  • Nikki
    4.5 rounded up to 5 (Rating is for the entire Sunflower Cycle series so far)I’ve held off reviewing this for some time now. Once I finished reading it, I just couldn’t fully wrap my head around what I had just read. In attempting to understand the story better, I went and looked at some other reviews of people who enjoyed the story to hopefully gather some details I may have missed. I’m so glad I did that because I found this great review b...
  • Carlex
    Three and half stars.(apologies for my English)Briefly: I love how Mr. Watts writes. I like his pessimism and his vital cynicism, and above all, I adore his perspective of life and intelligence. In this novel the author maintains the level of madness that has us accustomed but unfortunately I have not understood the end. Apparently I am not the only one, and for me this is a nonsense. You can see the plot on the cover of the book, a really intere...
  • Oleksandr Zholud
    This hard SF novella is eligible for Hugo, Nebula and Locus Award in 2019. This is a part of Sunflower cycle but can be read as a standalone.In order to spread the mankind across the galaxy, a special kind of ship was created: an asteroid 10 km in diameter with an artificial black hole and the energy and propulsion. This is not as crazy as it sounds, the idea was actually presented in this article by two physicists from 2009. This ship moves at ...
  • Chris Berko
    There is a lot to like about this book and due to its length there were not any dull or slow spots. This was also one of the more straight forward and understandable books I've read by Mr. Watts and I didn't have to look up as much stuff while in the middle of reading. I did have some problems squaring some of the concepts and the timeline was too long for my brain to comprehend but it did not take away from the enjoyment of the story. Fast and f...
  • 11811 (Eleven)
    Watts is the only hard sci-fi author I’ve found so far whose writing is so dark it’s practically black. I actually stumbled on him somehow somehow through the horror community. Reading Blindsight was like having a religious experience. Freeze-Frame was just as enjoyable and probably more accessible due to the novella-ish length. I imagine Peter Watts isn’t for everybody. For people with a simultaneous interest in sci-fi and horror (or dark ...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .This book was a bit of a stretch for me given that it is more hard sci-fi and physics is not me friend. At all. But I have always heard wonderful things about this author and the premise was too awesome not to give it a shot. And I be very glad I did.So basically this story is told from the perspective of Sunday Ahz...
  • Maria
    This book has a very intriguing premise, and it was a good read, but it didn't quite live up to all of it's potential. (I feel like i say that a lot, but I guess that's often how I feel about the books I give three stars). The spaceship Eriophora, controlled by an AI called Chimp, has roamed the galaxy for 65 million years (!) building wormhole gates so travelers can get around. The ship also has 30 000 human workers aboard, sleeping away the tim...
  • erforscherin
    I wanted to like this novella a lot more than I actually did.Years ago when I first discovered Starfish, Watts’ writing felt like a revelation: Here was someone who could do hard science fiction right, who had done some hard digging into the scientific literature, thought a while, and come up with a well-reasoned “what if” near-future scenario. A tremendously bleak future, yes, but full of detail: it was never hard to imagine how that world...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5*I had been super curious about this book since I first read its synopsis on Netgalley. But then I was kind of afraid that it might be a bit too "science-y" for my brain to handle. I needn't have worried, though! I decided to go for it and request after reading Evelina's review because she basically abated my fears while making me eve...
  • imyril
    I found this less challenging than my previous forays into the author's work and less thought-provoking: it's a great concept, wrapped in fairly hard SF trappings (Watts may call it handwavium, but frankly they're meaningless to me even when there's a laundry list of citations to back them up).The result was okay, but ultimately had missing something for me - too much sense of a clockwork plot ticking out, rather than an organic revolution driven...
  • Steven Shaviro
    This new novella by Peter Watts is part of a series of stories he has been writing, on and off, for some time now. The series seems to be called Sunflowers. The other stories to date (Hotshot, The Island, and Giants) are available for free download from the author's website: .The basic idea is this: a group of human beings live and work on a spaceship that is circling the galaxy, at a substantial fraction of light speed, in order to create wormho...
  • ashley c
    Hard scifi reminiscent of classics like A Space Odyssey. If you like books about AIs on a spaceship, this one's for you. I love the concept of a ship of hundreds of crew only being awoken to work a few weeks or months every century or millennia to save on resources, and then having a few people who may not even been woken up together try to stage a mutiny for escape against an AI that's away every second of the way. What I especially enjoyed is S...
  • Jason
    5 Stars The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts is a highly imaginative far futured space romp that is one enjoyable ride. The concepts covered here are top notch and not hard to follow at all. The sheer time frame covered makes this book a cool read.Peter Watts is one of my favorite authors.A great read.
  • Luke Burrage
    Full review on my podcast, SFBRP episode #370.Also read the other short stories with the same characters in the same world, in this order:HotshotThe Freeze-Frame RevolutionThe IslandGiantsThe short stories are available to download/read on the author's website:
  • Denise
    I’m always amazed at Peter Watts’ ability to incorporate scientific fact with well written plot. Added attraction in this novella was a hidden message! There are also several short stories in this universe I’ll be tracking down.
  • Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
    Really? Really? I am the only one who think this book is "meh"? Or Book Gnomes just put a different book into my hands?Author often throws sentences how much time has passed. 50 million years, 7 hundred years, 3 billion years, but ummm, whatever. It was just telling, not showing. And since nothing changed at all with the passing years, I, as a reader, didn't feel the flow of time at all. And Holy Cow, all that billion of years is a long time, SOM...
  • Cezara
    I'd have been 5 stars, but the ending was, to me, kinda unsatisfactory. I need this book to have more... erm... book in it. Otherwise, the world is mindbendingly amazing. I was hooked by the idea of a ship on a journey to the end of time, building wormhole gates as it goes, even after so much time has passed nothing human can possibly still be around to use them. You know those books about the human race discovering ancient artifacts of untold po...
  • Anna Nesterovich
    I was waiting for this book, but perhaps without the proper enthusiasm. So I didn't read any reviews, blurbs, opinions.... and was completely unaware of any secret messages in the book. And then I opened the book and found a red letter on the very first page. And then another, on the second page. So over the next few minutes, perplexed librarians watched me going through the book with a pen and a piece of paper; then googling "mitochondrial intro...
  • Jacqie
    This novella skips through the millennia with a gate-making ship powered by an AI, with a human crew along in case a situation arises that is too complex for the AI, known as the Chimp. We follow along with Sunday, one of the crew, as she is awakened, sometimes after being cryogenically frozen for a thousand years, in order to help with a personnel problem, to analyze a situation that requires outside-the-box thinking, etc. Sunday becomes aware t...
  • Alexa
    I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.“I’ll kill you if I can.”“I’ll save you, if you let me.”My rating: 4 starsLet me start with this: if you love science fiction that really goes into the science aspect and has long descriptions about objects and happenings in space, and also you love stories about artificial intelligence, this story is for you. Personally, I found myself scrolling through a lot of the...
  • Milou
    Note: I received a copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions on this book.I should start of by stating I don't read a lot of hard-sf based around AI... because I just don't get it. I am an absolute nightmare with anything related to computers, technology, physics... and these type of stories just go way over my head.When I read the synopsis of this book though it immediatly struck me as a ...
  • Sebastian
    I’ve waited, and waited, and waited, and then I had it. First, pirated copies leaked online, but I kept waiting. Then my pre-order arrived, and still I waited. Then I was at the beach, and I waited some more. You see, reading a new Peter Watts book is like making love to a beautiful woman – it should not be rushed. Should I even be reviewing this? Probably not. I mean, Watts is the writer I want to be. He writes what I would be writing, if I ...
  •  Amelia
    I didn't think a sci-fi could be so boring. There were too many descriptions and scientific phrases even I, a dedicated sci-fi lover couldn't handle. If I'm to be perfectly honest, I didn't understand 70% of the book. The only parts I remotely understood were the dialogues but the rest was just random gibberish to me - trunk circuitry, twilit grayscale, globular cluster and so on, like what am I even reading?Parts of the "plot" reminded me of Ill...
  • Kristen
    Full review is here, on my blog.So, I’ll start out by saying that this story has a really unique and fascinating premise. Sunday Ahzmundin is part of a crew of 30,000 people that are flying through the galaxy on their spaceship, the Eriophora. I’m not sure I 100% understood the technology that is involved, but from what I do think I understand a bit, it uses a singularity drive (so, a black hole), and they continuously make ‘gates’ with i...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts is a very highly recommended, dark, hard science fiction novel."Sixty-six million years, by the old calendar. That’s how long we’ve been on the road."The construction ship Eriophora was built inside an asteroid and is controlled by AI called the Chimp. The crew of the Eriophora, referred to as spores, were all raised specifically to spend their lives building wormhole gates throughout space to make i...