Wake (WWW #1)
A Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author joins Ace with a stunning new science fiction epic.
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math, and blind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality she perceives the landscape of the World Wide Web-where she makes contact with a mysterious consciousness existing only in cyberspace.
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It’s disconcerting to pick up a novel that speculates on the future and find one plot element concerning an outbreak of a new form of the f...more
The main protagonist, Caitlin, takes up most of the narrative setup and pr...more
I loved the premise. I loved all the subplots, event though some of them are abruptly dropped, at least in this first book; it is a trilogy. All the parts of this book did make sense to me though and they did all converge well.
After the first several pages, I completely enjoyed Caitlin Decter, an almost sixteen year old girl who has been blind since birth, and then gets an opportunity to have an operation that might allow her to se...more
In comparing it to Little Brother by Corey Doctorow, the latest book I've read which also features a tech-savvy youth as the protagonist, it seems like Doctorow was trying too hard to be hip.
The one complaint I have about this book is that it's not a novel -- it's just the beginning of one. (This book is the first of a planned trilogy.) This book...more
Sawyer's take on the well-worn theme of a nascent artificial intelligence could have been entitled When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was Web 2.0—already a familiar riff...more
I grabbed an ARC of this the other day and am pleased to say that I enjoyed it immensely. My first Robert J. Sawyer experience was calculating god, and to this day it is one of my favorite quick reads - it's crossed the country in countless carry ons.
Until now I haven't been as fond of his other works. I always find his ideas fascinating, but I don't click with his characters - and since his novels are very much character pieces as well as imaginary voyages into the unknown that creates a slight...more
J.K. Rowling aside, who is the most successful science fiction / fantasy writer of all time? One candidate would be Michael Crichton, who wrote more books turned into famous films than any other writer I can think of: Jurassic Park, Westworld, The Andromeda Strain. He's not an author I like very much, either as a novelist or screenwriter; although his books are really thrillers with SF themes, I tend to find them dull and have never actually ma...more
The first, and key one in my opinion, is that of Caitlin Decter. She is fifteen years old and has been blind since birth. The cause of here blindness is a condition that causes her retinas sendi...more
I don't think an AI could ever just emerge in the background the web. That would be like seeing a mouse emerge from a jumble of oily rags. But let's let give Sawyer a pass on that one or we don’t have much of a story. It’s...more
Unexpected events: cure for a common disease, foreign internet censorship, and primatology all...more
But in the middle... headache fodder.
I'm a computer geek (35 years as an IT professional) and so I am well aware of the Author's credentials in this area. But here's the problem... Is the author lecturing us on the arcane and interminable subtleties of the Internet or is the aauthor telling a potentially g...more
I was confused about why storylines were created and dropped. I realize this is the first bo...more
I thoroughly enjoyed my first taste of R. Sawyer and I may very well come back and amend this to a 4 once I have finished the trilogy!!!
Not too far fetched (which I appreciate) and the characters are all very likeable (Caitlin, the ape, the Ja...more
These books define what I think of when I say "Science Fiction." They have a young person's perspective of possibilities. In this case, the young people are represented by a sixteen year old girl from Texas who moves to Canada, a Bonobo-Chimpanzee learning sign language and a consciousness which emerges from the packets of data flowing on the Internet....more
Like all old-school sci fi, the basic what-if scientific idea is the whole raison d’etre of...more
Of course, I fell in love with Calculass - the fifteen year old math genius who is given technology meant to let her see the real world for the first time. If she really had a LiveJournal blog, I would be a regular reader.
I loved the web-native view of the net, which captures what it fee...more
Robert Sawyer grew up in...more