Talk:Peter Watts (author)

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The Canadian one?[edit]

Pretty sure this isn't the same Peter Watts, actually. I think this is some guy who probably set this page up either as a joke, or to prove something. (talk) 15:18, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

no joke. this is the article about the notable Canadian author. if some info here is about a different Peter Watts, please help pick it out. -- (talk) 18:49, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

CC releases[edit]

Should not there be some discussion on how his releasing the books online has affected their sales/popularity?Iva M 11:02, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Probably, yes. Feel like trawling back through his blogging and other public statements to find claims? --Gwern (contribs) 00:18 28 December 2009 (GMT)


That Watts was detained at the border is fact. That section of this entry has been edited for further neutrality in hopes that the article itself won't become part of the controversy.

It will need further work concerning references and such which I'm not doing at this time because of other time constraints. And, obviously, this secton of the entry is going to change as the matter proceeds.

There is a question, however: given that the situation is ongoing should this section be be trimmed down to only a couple of lines? --Kovar (talk) 19:44, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

I don't think your concluding paragraph adds much, since it crosses the line a bit into Original Research (see WP:OR). I think cutting the section down to a couple of entirely factual lines is a better idea. --Pleasantville (talk) 12:53, 17 December 2009 (UTC)

So the Facebook group was removed by a bot: Since it apparently has been mentioned in news coverage, is it worth including? --Gwern (contribs) 01:13 28 December 2009 (GMT)

I agree that the section covers a mostly irrelevant incident. It is not as much a defematory BLP issue, as trivia, IMHO. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 16:50, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

I will disagree that the report should be substantially trimmed from what it is as I write; I read about the problem elsewhere and checked his Wikipedia page to see if there were more information. The current (Feb 2011) version seems about right to me. Wyvern (talk) 16:09, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

But we're writing an encyclopedia, not a series of book-length biographies. Exact dates, name of judge ... it's almost ten times as long as the rest of the text about his personal life. I'd say it's very typical of how Wikipedia can give undue weight to events that probably should be included, but be given a few sentences at most. This isn't what defines Peter Watts. /Julle (talk) 00:20, 24 November 2011 (UTC)
I've begun trimming it down. I think it ought to be shorter still, though. /Julle (talk) 00:25, 24 November 2011 (UTC)
And now it is, and, I would argue, the paragraph still has all the relevant information. /Julle (talk) 20:12, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

Awards in Poland[edit]

I was just reading his short bio in Years' Best SF #15 (p.181) and it mentions that Blindsight "has, however, won multipe awards in Poland for some reason". But the pl wiki entries on him and that book mention nothing about it winning any Polish awards. Would anybody have any idea what's going on? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 16:48, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

This one, for example. And this one. Ausir (talk) 04:21, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

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