Category Archives: Characters

Characters created by Peter Watts

Artwork by Kim Holm

  • The Lungfish Expert

    Name: Dr. Delacourt S. Poppet Position: Test-tube cleaner, Resident Lungfish Expert. Qualifications: PhDs in Comparative Genetics of Sarcopterygians, Archaebiology, Gender Studies. Postdocs in Molecular Barcoding, Ecosystem Engineering, Bedouin Nautical Literature, Synthetic Biology, and Interior Decorating. An oversmart underachiever in a world ...

  • The Fiscort

    Name: Lady Elspeth Isis Fiscort Position: Incoming governor of the Mars Colony. There was once a time when Lola Leydrew’s beseeching obedience was endearing. She did what she was told in matters both personal and professional, could be counted on to take out whatever trash was in need of disposal. After a time, though— as […]...

  • The Engineer

    Name: Paul Pott Position: Custodial Engineer, R/V Gadfly. Qualifications: M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering, U Cal, Berkeley. The pay’s good. The workload’s light. The hours are killer, but you sleep through most of them. For Paul Pott, it’s pretty much the perfect job. The technology’s, tried, tested, and self-maintaining. Mis...

  • The Lab Rats

      Picture: Kim Holm...

  • The Colony Governor

    Name: Gov. Lola Leydrew Position: Outgoing governor of the Mars Colony. All Lola ever wanted to do was what she was told. She’s never really been cut out for command. She feels safest in the shadow of those more— assertive than she is, comes into her own when bending to the firm will of some […]...

  • The Greeter

      Picture: Kim Holm...

  • The Colonists

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  • The Alien Grunts

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  • The Aliens

    The Late Sleepers They are ancient— more ancient even than the Johnny-come-latelies who showed up at the beginning of “2001: A Space Odyssey” to save a handful of struggling hominins from extinction. These guys stopped by before mammals were even a twinkle in evolution’s eye. Unlike Kubrick’s magical beings they had no sta...

  • The Humans

    By the middle of the 21rst century, Humanity has pretty much kicked the land-meat habit. Historians are busy rewriting their textbooks to reflect the new narrative: how we finally realized the unsustainable burden we were placing on the Earth’s ecosystems; how we wisely chose in the nick of time to reduce that burden by eating […]...