Peter Watts is a science-fiction novelist who used to work as a marine biologist. His first Rifters novel, Starfish, was a New York Times Notable Book, and his second novel, Blindsight, has become a required text in undergraduate classes ranging from philosophy to neuroscience, and was a nominee for multiple North American genre awards. Shirley Jackson, Hugo, and Aurora awards have been given to his shorter works, including Beyond the Rift. Watts' work has been credited as an inspiration for various notable video games and is available in twenty languages. He is based in Toronto.