Watts, Peter -- Blindsight

I heard this was depressing. Why yes. A bunch of social edge-cases -- autist, multiple personality, cyborg, vampire -- head off for First Contact at the edge of the solar system. The humans and aliens then spend the book competing for the title of "least pleasant to be around". As storyline relief we get flashbacks of the (semi-)autistic guy's miserable relationship breaking up. Fortunately for me, the author predicates the entire book on the notion of zombies -- ie, let's pretend that Searle's Chinese Room is not drivel -- so none of it was all that convincing in the end.

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