IamA Science Fiction Author named Peter Watts. I am not any of those other Peter Wattses. AMA, within reason.
MeFi etiquette apparently dictates that I start this thing with IamA. Let's start with an IamNot instead.
I am not Naomi Watts's dad. I was not Pink Floyd's road manager back in the sixties. I never had anything to do with Mott the Hoople. I am not the bald guy from Millenium. I am not the @peter_watts who's all over twitter from some secret base in London, or the other one who takes pictures. I do not make wine (although I convert more than my share to urine). If I were Peter Watts the biblical scholar I might possibly kill myself.
I am definitely not the Peter Watts from Upper Dicker, whose collection of child porn got him all over the news way back in 2004, on the very same day that I told all my friends to google my name because Wired.com quoted me at length in one of their articles that happened to go up on that date. Even though I am the same age as him. I am not that Peter Watts.
IamA science fiction writer and former biologist, is what I am. I am significantly more cheerful than most people seem to expect. I am here to answer your questions this very evening at 7pm EDT, but you may want to post now and avoid the rush (especially since some folks out there might still think I'm the pedophile from Upper Dicker).
I am also an announcer of sorts, here to tell you that the people going by the handles "/u/mrtherussian", "/u/cjv89", and "/u/TheGreat-Zarquon" have won signed copies of my latest novel, Echopraxia. (I suppose I should get going on that.) Echopraxia was released today, and the reviews so far have been pretty glowing; I expect them to get worse over time, though.
You could ask me about that, if you like.
(Oh, right. They demand "proof" that I'm who I say I am, so: proof.)