M.M. Buckner won the Philip K. Dick Award for her last SF novel, "War Surf." She lives in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Among the toxic and chemical wastes that regularly spew into the rivers, lakes, storm drains, and flooded landfills are the rejects of the country's cybertechnology: microchips, pharmaceuticals, nano-techs, and biochemical material. Gathering in the Mississippi Delta, these bastard spawns of biotech research gradually develop an intelligence, becoming the Watermind. When MIT dropout C.J. Reilly and her lover, Max, stumble upon the entity, at first they find it sympathetic and intriguing. Then it begins to kill, and they realize the danger it poses to the world. Part B-movie horror, part Philip K. Dick dystopic adventure, this sf adventure/suspense by the author of the award-winning War Surf belongs in larger sf collections. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for "Watermind": "An exciting novel of technological and scientific detection and combat.""--Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine ""A bold idea. Well-drawn characters. A gripping tale. A first-class novel."--Ben Bova "The action comes crisp and smart in this fast-moving novel, rich in ideas. I liked it a lot."--Gregory Benford "Part techno-thriller, part speculative science, and all quality."--Mike Resnick
Buckner (War Surf) theorizes a brand-new intelligence emerging from electronic trash in this cautionary near-future tale. When troubled MIT grad school dropout CJ Reilly encounters bizarre ice covering steamy Louisiana's polluted Devil's Pond, she has visions of saving the world after she analyzes a sample and discovers its power to purify water. Then the mysterious substance responds to music and begins to move, and Reilly becomes convinced of its sentience. When it kills a man, scientist Roman Sacony, whose company owns the pond, is determined to utterly destroy the emerging life form, while CJ insists on trying to save it. Despite the suspense and nonstop action, unlikable characters make it hard to root for anyone, and the scientifically sound ending is narratively unsatisfying. The story succeeds best when it traverses Louisiana's geography, and only indifferently when it traverses the human heart. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.