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For those familiar with Homeworld and Crysis, you may be stunned to discover that acclaimed science fiction author Peter Watts has been arrested by US authorities.

Read on to find out more.

When crossing the border into the United States, the Canadian author, who helped write the story that inspired Relic Entertainment’s Homeworld and had just signed on to help script Crysis 2, was taken into custody for allegedly assaulting a federal officer.

Boing Boing contributor Cory Doctorow, a close friend of the writer, revealed that Watts claimed that it was he who was assaulted by police officers, that they seized his belongings, and that they attempted to withold his Miranda Rights.

Facing a two-year minimum jail sentence if convicted, the charges are nothing to scoff at.

The following quote is from Peter Watts himself. Strong language warning:

“Along some other timeline, I did not get out of the car to ask what was going on. I did not repeat that question when refused an answer and told to get back into the vehicle. In that other timeline I was not punched in the face, pepper-sprayed, shit-kicked, handcuffed, thrown wet and half-naked into a holding cell for three fucking hours, thrown into an even colder jail cell overnight, arraigned, and charged with assaulting a federal officer, all without access to legal representation (although they did try to get me to waive my Miranda rights. Twice.). Nor was I finally dumped across the border in shirtsleeves: computer seized, flash drive confiscated, even my fucking paper notepad withheld until they could find someone among their number literate enough to distinguish between handwritten notes on story ideas and, I suppose, nefarious terrorist plots. I was not left without my jacket in the face of Ontario’s first winter storm, after all buses and intercity shuttles had shut down for the night.

“In some other universe I am warm and content and not looking at spending two years in jail for the crime of having been punched in the face.”

We’ll keep you updated as more details emerge.

Source: Boing Boing

  1. avatar Winterwolf

    …I’m not leaving my house again.

  2. Nail. Head. James.

    Things like this make me want to break the law, just out of spite.

  3. avatar kurivaim

    Well if he carried notes for Crysis 2 then … well HE is a terrorist in the States … why? well, because he evidently is planning something and writing it as a plot for a video game is cover up … oh I really like these news … makes me happy and reminds me why I hate US of A … :D

  4. If you ask me, Watts got off easy — at least he has socialized medicine to go back to. When the cops illegally beat up one of us Americans here, we have to pay for the medical expenses out of pocket. :P

    To the rest of the world — I’m sorry. We’re not ALL like this, I promise.

  5. avatar Ferahtsu

    These sort of cases infuriate me. Rodney King! Rodney King!

  6. Except for Rodney King didn’t exactly have the ability to walk away and make a blog post after his run in with the cops. Dun-Dun-Ch!

    Too soon?

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