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Overview

View our feature on Robert J. Sawyer's WWW:Wonder.

"A writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation" (New York Times) concludes his mindbending trilogy.

Webmind-the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web-has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated.

Caitlin Decter-the once-blind sixteen-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind-wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything-Webmind included-may come crashing down.

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The spontaneous awakening of Webmind, an artificial consciousness that pervades all of cyberspace, causes consternation among government officials, who seek help from known hackers to bring the construct down. Webmind, however, has other ideas, fueled by its own desire to survive, its knowledge of current technology and social networking, and its friendship with Caitlin Decter, a once-blind teenage math genius now able to see through the auspices of her AI friend. The third volume in Sawyer's trilogy (WWW: Wake; WWW: Watch) is a thought-provoking and often humorous look at future technology, calculating both its advantages and its disadvantages with regard to the human response. VERDICT Entertaining and insightful, with pokes at social media and a clear look at many sides of a timely issue, this story should attract technophiles and general sf fans alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441019762
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Series: WWW Trilogy Series , #3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives just outside of Toronto, Canada. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel.
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  • Posted January 11, 2013

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    Outstanding

    An outstanding finish that matched the first two novels of this trilogy. Story lines were tied up satisfactorily. The pacing was good. And the characters continued to be engaging. Even the story line of the ape, which had seemed out of place in the previous book, had a place here. Sawyer does it again.

    Unlike many Sci-Fi writers, Sawyer is both proud of and has hope in the human race, and it shows.

    People who like AI stories and people who have liked Sawyers other work will enjoy this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

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    I read this trilogy shortly after discovering Robert J. Sawyer.

    I read this trilogy shortly after discovering Robert J. Sawyer. When I first saw the series WWW, I didn't expect much-it seemed like too much of a gimmick with the name of the series and the idea behind the story. Once I started reading Wake, it didn't take long to fall in love with the story and characters. I have recommended these books to a number of people. I am sure many who would normally not care for science fiction would find this a wonderful series to read.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    Agreed, an awesome trilogy

    Sawyer got himself added to my watchlist with this series. Near future scifi that is fun and engaging, it deals with emergent intelligence in the web. Kinder, gentler Neuromancer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Blaze

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Willowpaw

    She is very enegetic, happy go lucky, and ... enthusiastic about her training. She is a loyal cat and loves to play with kits. She wats to be a warrior one day, and maybe even leader. Btw i meant i wont be able to post anywhere. I will still be checking in daily to see how ember clan is doing. I hope you can find the perfect person to be the enegetic, loyal, not-so-brave Willowpaw!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    HUMAN RP

    Here

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    Posted September 13, 2013

    Scott's Too Short To Be Useful Reviews

    Great wrap up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    another great book in the series

    another great book in the series. I particularly enjoyed how webmind grows as a sentient being in a way that's quite different from most AI themed science fiction stuff. Webmind being neither slave, nor monster, just a curious & altruistic voyeur opertating on self interest simply because he enjoys our creativity & unpredictability. The end result is a beievable & uniquely enjoyable motivation given an interesting contrast from some of the creative folks introduced.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Third in a Fun Trilogy

    I very much enjoyed this trilogy of books. It is the story of an artificial intelligence spontaneously emerging on the internet. A new lifeform is suddenly born. Because this entity is discovered by a teenage girl, aspects of these books can have the feeling of "young-adult" or "teen-lit." However, that does not interfere with the level of entertainment these stories provide. There is a great deal of science and philosophy presented here, as well as much information about the internet and its history. These novels are thought-provoking. Be sure to read Wake, Watch, and Wonder in the proper order. You will have a good time.
    Michael Travis Jasper, author of the novel "To Be Chosen"

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    WOW!!!!!!

    The trilogy is a MUST read!!!

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    I am glad that this trilogy has finally wrapped up

    Sawyer has done an excellent job of reworking prior ideas revolving around artificial intelligence from his prior books and taking them in a whole new direction. The Webmind was created from "rogue" computer packets (those that do no have a time to live flag set) that have formed themselves into a thinking entity. Webmind was able to view humanity through the artificially corrected eye of Caitlan, a 16 year old Texas girl who had move to Canada with her family.

    In the wrapup of the trilogy, the government has become aware of the Webmind and performs a test to see whether they can contain or destroy it. Meanwhile Caitlan is coming of age with her friend Matt. The other main plotline revolves around the Chinese government attempting to close their firewall and isolate China from the Internet. This operation causes the Webmind to split becoming a weak primary entity and an "evil" other. This part reminded me of the Star Trek episode where Kirk was split into two entities.

    This book is a lot more interesting than the second book but still nowhere as good as the first. There is some intrigue as a government man (Hume) tries to locate a hacker to create a virus to defeat Webmind. However, every hacker he approaches seems to have been taken away by a large scary man.

    The trilogy does get wrapped up by the end of the book and even the hybrid ape, Hobo plays a part. I just didn't find this trilogy as intriguing as some of Sawyer's other efforts (Hominids). Considering that Caitlan is a minor, there was one scene between her and Matt that was a little disturbing. I give this book just slightly less than four stars.

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