The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

The Freeze-Frame Revolution

She believed in the mission with all her heart.But that was sixty million years ago.How 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 shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what best for you?Sunday Ahzmundin is about to find out.Note from ...

Details The Freeze-Frame Revolution

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

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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Xavi
    Un universo excepcional. El mejor Watts ha vuelto
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Elnahir
    What a wild ride that was. As crude a metaphor as I can give, this ouroboros of a novella deals with humanity and Humanity, the innerworlds and the outerworlds we were bred from and try to populate/save ourselves to. The speed of events, dragged on for centuries, millenia, aeons even, unequivocally demands a perspective on actions which is not intuitive to a human, a creature of passion; yet passion is one of the things at the heart of the ruptur...
  • Christopher Farnsworth
    Every time I read Peter Watts, I find myself looking up words that I had no idea existed. I like to think of myself as a pretty smart guy, and Watts' books blow a hole in that idea every single time. I love them despite this. Or maybe because of it. It is a joy to see someone work at the very top of their game and make it look so effortless. Watts invents whole worlds to support his stories and novels, and they are so well-engineered that they ar...
  • 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...
  • James
    Peter Watts is one of the best writers of science-fiction at work today, and criminally underrated. 'The Freeze-Frame Revolution' is a stand-alone novella set on an AI-run starship circling the galaxy; having launched in our relatively near future, it now finds itself millions of years deeper into time, creating warp gates for a human race that is either long gone or long evolved into something unknowable. That, however, is the least of the crew'...
  • 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...
  • Jack
    This is the third of Watt's books that I've read, the first two being the Firefall duology. I was amazed then at the depth and creativity that Watt's had into his books, and utterly unnerved at the pure alienness of them. This book is nearly completely different. For one, it's much more accessible; both the language and the science behind the technology are much softer than his previous novels. I won't say it's completely handwavey, but it is a h...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    4.5 starsFor over 60 million years, Sunday has been part of a crew laying a super-mega-highway around the Milky Way. She wakes up for a day or two, then sleeps for hundreds, thousands of years. Sometimes she doesn't see her friends for a million years. It's a hard way to plan a revolution.I'm genuinely conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I absolutely loved it (what I could understand, at least), and on the other—holy moly this puts the...
  • Cryptid
    OK, so I obviously loved this... been waiting quite some time for it to give me some detail on events mentioned in The Island and Giants. For anyone with no idea of what the hell I'm talking about: read this short story available for free: - there are two others (mentioned above) where this comes from, but they happen chronologically later - and then move straight to this novella if you like it... else nev...
  • Manda Scott
    GloriousA novella (if you say so) that beats most novels into a cocked hat. I stayed up way too late reading it, so no deep insights here except that its mind-stretching brilliance is a source of wonder, delight and authorial envy.
  • Nemo
    Pretty much standard Watts, bleak, hard SF with zero chance of a positive outcome for the pitiful meat-bag characters doomed to act as the "Evil" Artificial Stupidity driving the space equivalent of the Flying Dutchman, forever cursed to roam the galaxy and build wormhole gates on the orders of "the Man", a cold, callous government dens of millions of years dead.The low rating (3.4 stars) is due to the fact that the story is:1) Quite short.2) Wat...
  • Joe Karpierz
    I've been a fan of Peter Watts since I read BLINDSIGHT, his 2006 novel that was a finalist for the Hugo award in 2007. I remember not being really sure of what I was reading, but I was convinced that Watts was writing some pretty cool stuff of the type I hadn't much seen before. His material is not for the weak of heart; it's dark, thought provoking, and in general not very optimistic. It's smart, layered, and involved. It's not summertime beach ...
  • Kathleen Townsend
    The Freeze-Frame Revolution is a story of revolution aboard a space ship tasked with traversing the galaxy building warp gates. In order to keep building for as long as possible the humans aboard are cryogenically frozen between builds, waking only when absolutely necessary. But not everything is as it seems.The story is faced paced, partially due to the first person point of view. The main character is Sunday Ahzmundin, one of the crew aboard th...
  • Tsana Dolichva
    The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts is a long novella — or a short novel, according to comments in the back-matter — about people on a very long-haul space flight that they mostly spend cryogenically frozen. The title comes from the idea of staging a revolution in short snippets over long periods of time. (Very long periods of time: the story opens about 65 million Earth-years after the journey started.)This book caught my eye because ...
  • Carlos Manuel Perez
    (DISCLAIMER: This review is not only of "The freeze-frame revolution" (TFFR), but also of another short stories by Watts set in the same scenario. When I checked the reviews for TFFR I read one review that advised to go to the author's web site and download some other free short stories, and also suggested a reading order: "Hotshot", "TFFR", "The island" and "Giants". So I downloaded the free stories and purchased "TFFR" for my Kindle and read al...
  • Elli Andrews
    A 65 million year mission ran almost entirely by AI with a random selection of human crew woken up every 1000 years to check up on it - but what if the mission starts to go wrong? How do you stage a mutiny when you are only awake one day in a thousand years, when the handful of people you wake up with are chosen by the AI and the AI watches every move from your own eyes?The premise of Freeze Frame Revolution is one that greatly intrigued me to pi...
  • 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...
  • Suncerae
    Sunday Ahzmundin is one of 30,000 people aboard the Eriophora, a spaceship that traverses the galaxy building wormhole gates, which it has doing for over 60 million years. The ship's AI, called the Chimp, keeps everyone in stasis most of the time. Sunday wakes up in a group with 5 or 6 other people every thousand years, but she's only awake a few days each time so she's only aged about 20 years.Sunday used to believe in the mission for which she...
  • Zachary Houle
    I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with hard SF writers such as William Gibson. Their stories and technology fascinate me, but I find that the focus on science comes at the expense of telling a good story. It has been said that masterpieces teach you how to read them, but hard SF is a foreign language all its own that only a select few with degrees in, say, astrophysics can really understand. There are no sign posts in hard SF. You’re p...