Peter Watts is a former marine biologist, flesh-eating-disease survivor and (according to the US government) Undesirable Element, whose novels - despite an unhealthy focus on Space Vampires - have become required texts for university courses ranging from Philosophy to Neuropsychology. His work is available in 20 languages, has appeared in 29 best-of-year anthologies, and has been nominated for over 50 awards in a dozen countries. His (somewhat smaller) list of 18 actual wins include the Hugo, the Shirley Jackson, and the Seiun. His recent efforts include The Freeze-Frame Revolution (June 2018 from Tachyon) and coauthorship of a black metal science opera about sending marbled lungfish to Mars, funded by the Norwegian government (the opera, not the lungfish).
He lives in Toronto with fantasy author Caitlin Sweet, four cats, a pugilistic rabbit, a Plecostomus the size of a school bus, and a gang of tough raccoons who shake him down for kibble on the porch every summer. He likes all of them significantly more than most people he's met.