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    Ian Watson
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    Quartet Books; New Edition edition (1975)
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    217 pages
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Ian Watson enjoys shocking you, and the ending is par for the course. view spoiler)[The drug is dangerous, and people are normally careful not to overindulge. But a young woman, who has become pregnant, starts taking it regularly during her pregnancy. The aliens find out about her and are intensely interested.

The Embedding IAN WATSON Copywrite Ian watson 1973 ISBN 0-575-04784-4 e-book ver. . ONE. CHRIS SOLE DRESSED quickly. Eileen had already called him once. The second time she called him, the postman had been to the door. There's a letter from Brazil," she shouted from the foot of the stairs. It's from PierreтАФ" Pierre? What was he writing for?

Ian Watson's brilliant debut novel was one of the most significant publications in British SF in the 1970s. Fiercely intelligent, energetic and challenging, The Embedding immediately established Watson as a writer of rare power and vision, and is now recognized as a modern classic of SF.

Ian Watson's brilliant debut novel was one of the most significant publications in British SF in the 1970s.

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Ian Watson (born 20 April 1943) is a British science fiction writer. He lives in Gijón, Spain. The experience was not particularly satisfying.

Ian Watson?s brilliant debut novel was one of the most significant publications in British sf in the 1970s. Fiercely intelligent, energetic and challenging, it immediately established Watson as a writer of rare power and vision, and is now recognized as a modern classic.

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The book is an excellent read. Anyone interested in Philosophy, linguistics, applied linguistics and how language shapes our minds and our world will love this book.
Well written, but somewhat dated Sci-Fi.
Extremely cynical approach to world politics and environmental issues, which is really not a bad thing considering the current state of world affairs. The 2016 US presidential elections certainly makes it more relevant.
As usual for 70s sci-fi it's hamfisted and the political satire in it reads like 1984 which might sound good but actually no, that's a bad thing.
This is an alien first contact story in which language plays a central element. The various story lines are engaging and tightly written. But for me, the basic linguistic premise just wasn’t believable, and the aliens’ quest just seemed silly. The main interest for me was that the book portrays a tension between mystic and thoroughly pragmatic elements, and I was intrigued to see how this tension was resolved in the end. Unfortunately, the book ends in a flood of improbably events and amateurish, half baked science, with a lot of trite “a dimension at right angles” hand-waving. So ultimately the book disappoints, coming across as sardonic and supercilious, without any real content of interest. Note also that the book is “gritty” throughout, and grotesque in places, and it does contain elements that some people might rightly find offensive.
This book is generally famous within the annals of SF for really dealing with the concept of language and its nature, indicating a level of thought that wasn't often seen in the genre and helping to elevate its status above that of "rayguns and spaceships", which is how people typically see these types of novels. The origins and evolution of language is one of the more fascinating topics in the world, and many a person spends a large amount of time trying to piece together evidence in order to discover the "original language". Ian Watson probably has a background as a linguist to some extent (or at least he's well read), but it doesn't translate as well into novel form as one might hope. One of fiction's most famous linguists was, of course, JRR Tolkein, who basically came up with Lord of the Rings to field test his nifty Elven language that he came up with. Ian Watson doesn't go to those extremes and keeps things more in the realm of the abstract and the story suffers a little for it. It may be a case of biting off more than he can chew, because there are a lot of subplots swimming around in what turns out to be a fairly slim book (ah, the old days of SF, nowadays half the plots take up ten times the space, thank you, "decompression") . . . you have a team of researchers isolating children and giving them a certain drug to see if they can stimulate them into creating their own language, an "embedded" one, you also have a French fellow in the Amazon jungle studying a tribe that appears to connect to an Other-Reality when taking a local herb, allowing things like myth and legend to be experienced through language (or something), lastly you have aliens from beyond the solar system showing up to barter because they're fascinated by our language. And much like "Day of the Dead" they want brains. The cover copy on this novel, as if typical of most seventies SF books, tends to overpromise up the wazoo, calling the book a "superthriller about mind control" when I'm not really sure that's the case. Not only is the book not exactly thrilling in the same way that a good spy novel is, it's not really about mind control either, unless that went over my head. I originally thought that the focus of the story was going to be on the aliens and our attempts to understand them and that would be where the language theories would come in, much like "Solaris" (which this book is compared to on the cover) it could be have been about our attempts to understand that which we have little common ground with. Alas, the aliens speak perfect English, just like any other SF alien. So instead the book is all over the place, to the aliens, the kids, the jungle, back and forth and it's not really clear where any of it is going. The importance of the Other-Reality language that the natives can tap into isn't really that clear and the implications of the experiments on the kids is never really apparent either. Needless to say there's probaly just too much plot stuffed into too little space, although the sketches of Watson's ideas are absolutely fascinating and it's a better first novel than anything I might have written (or have written, I should say). By the end it all gets quite psychedelic and more science-fictional, and it all becomes rather vague. Watson gets credit for tackling so much at once and for introducing questions on the nature of language itself and its ability to manipulate reality, an honest to Asimov original idea in SF. Unfortunately intent and execution aren't the same thing and a lot gets lost, the reader is left with a lot of pieces that don't really connect in any obvious fashion and the transcendental feeling that Watson is shooting for kind of falls flat. But it does read quick and a lot of the scenes are quite fun, most of the interactions with the aliens are interesting and the bits with the tribe range from intriguing to disturbing (including one of the most disturbing moments I've ever read in SF . . . look for it when the baby shows up), the problem is that scattered decent scenes don't add up to a classic novel. But it still deserves to be on your reading list and should be required reading for anyone looking to devour the more important novels of the genre. Just be warned that what you expect may not be what you get.
Ian Watson's first novel, published in 1973, was one of his best, and an acknowledged classic of science fiction. Its theme is not a traditional sf topic, but a very intellectually challenging one: language as the means to bridge the gap between human consciousness and the otherness of the objective world. In Watson's fictional "embededed" language of the Xemahoas, a Brazilian Indian tribe, "This-Reality" is converted into the transcendent pattern of "Other-Reality," which is the world of pure being. The Sp'thra (who represent the essential otherness of the objective world, everything about it that we do not understand) bargain for the brains of speakers of this language, which they desire to learn. At the end, the main character experiences a breakdown of reality and a cognizance of a new state of being, reminiscent of such occurrences in the work of Philip K. Dick.