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WWW: Wonder (WWW Trilogy Series #3)

WWW: Wonder (WWW Trilogy Series #3)

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by Robert J. Sawyer

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Caitlin Decter discovered Webmind, the vast artificial intelligence that spontaneously emerged from the World Wide Web and changed the world-from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the Pentagon has declared war on it, recruiting hackers to delete Webmind out of existence...


Caitlin Decter discovered Webmind, the vast artificial intelligence that spontaneously emerged from the World Wide Web and changed the world-from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the Pentagon has declared war on it, recruiting hackers to delete Webmind out of existence...

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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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Penguin Publishing Group
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WWW Trilogy Series , #3
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Meet the Author

Robert J. Sawyer has been called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen.

He is one of only seven writers in history—and the only Canadian—to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won in 2003 for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won in 1995 for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2005 for Mindscan).

In total, Rob has authored over 18 science-fiction novels and won forty-one national and international awards for his fiction, including a record-setting ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”) and the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award, one of Canada’s most significant literary honors. In 2008, he received his tenth Hugo Award nomination for his novel Rollback.

His novels have been translated into 14 languages. They are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada and have hit number one on the Locus bestsellers’ list.

Born in Ottawa in 1960, Rob grew up in Toronto and now lives in Mississauga (just west of Toronto), with poet Carolyn Clink, his wife of twenty-four years.

He was the first science-fiction writer to have a website, and that site now contains more than one million words of material.

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WWW Wonder WWW Trilogy Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series and the second slightly less so. This book, however, I hated. This book was 10% the series continued and 90% the author's political views. If you are a Liberal who thinks all Republicans are racist, abortion is good, drug use is cool, kids 15-16 years old should send send nudes of themselves to anyone they want and have sex in their school, and anti-Christian, then you will love this book. This author looks through rose colored glasses believing you can stop any violent confrontation by talking. This book is less science-fiction and more fantasy. With all the psyco-babble in this book, the author overlooks the most common aspect of humanity - for an otherwise rational person to act irrationally for no particular reason that someone other than themselves can understand.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
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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DWBauer More than 1 year ago
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.
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ManInTheWild More than 1 year ago
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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The_Wolfie More than 1 year ago
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.
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I couldnt help but widen my eyes in surprise as the boy i like finally kissed me. Sherlock Holmes, sixteen year old, mystery solving junior. I kissed him back. His lips warm and comferting as i lean into him. He cups my face in his hands, deepening the kiss further. My heart beats faster. My arms wrap around his neck while i stand on my tippy-toes. I can feel the heat rush to my face. The faint smell of the sea lingers around him. If kisses were electric, i swear there would be sparks flying everywhere. Sorry, a bit of an exageration there. The way he seems so demanding yet carefull is a bit into<_>xicating. I pull back from him to catch my breath. A smile slowly creeps its way onto my face. I look up at him and see a soft, calm, intellagent smile. I couldnt possibly expect anything else, it seems so much like a daydream. The school bell rings and we say our hesitant goodbyes before going to our seperate classes. My mind replays the memory over and over again the rest of the day.
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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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Great wrap up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
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"