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WWW: Wake (WWW Trilogy) por Robert J. Sawyer
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WWW: Wake (WWW Trilogy) (edição 2009)

por Robert J. Sawyer (Autor)

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Although Caitlin Decter is blind, she can effortlessly surf the Internet by following its complex paths clearly in her mind. When she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness.
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Título:WWW: Wake (WWW Trilogy)
Autores:Robert J. Sawyer (Autor)
Informação:Ace Hardcover (2009), Edition: 1, 368 pages
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WWW: Wake (WWW Trilogy) por Robert J. Sawyer

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    Investment Counselor por Orson Scott Card (cattwing)
    cattwing: Wake, with its exploration of internet consciousness, reminded me very much of Orson Card's Ender's game series, in which he deals with the same subject and creates a similar character who I really enjoyed. This short story, "investment counselor" is where we first meet "jane," the internet being, but I would recommend reading his entire series - it was quite enjoyable.… (mais)
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Meh. Not really horrible but stunningly tone-deaf to the inner mind of a teenage girl in this information age.
The back stories of bird flu in China and the painting hybrid chimp were never properly completed or set up for the next book.
Why do I keep on reading this guy's books? ( )
  harroldsheep | May 21, 2021 |
It's been a while since a book brought me to tears. It's been a while since a book brought me to tears out of joy and optimism.

This one did. It wasn't earth-shattering, but it was absolutely joyous.

Why?

Well, the main reason is that I absolutely love stories of emergent AIs. And when Sawyer applies a lot of very well-researched speculations based on only the technology we have now, building a beautiful picture of waking up from first principles?

I have nothing but respect for this.

And yet, this is hardly the only thing this book is good at. The main story is gorgeous as well. Young Caitlin has grown up blind but thanks to some equally interesting sight-restoring techniques, she discovers she can see the World Wide Web as colorful geometry.

Between her own life and discoveries, some very nice parallels with the overall story-structure with a team of scientists and a half-Bonobo monkey and a quasi-revolutionary hacker on the other side of China's Firewall, we've got a huge, beautiful setup and the first very careful steps of a new consciousness.

I can't stress how well this was accomplished. This isn't a fly-by-night story with the same elements but with a tenth the research, care, or intelligence. This is a direct commentary on our current science and it actually gave me a sense of real wonder. Awe.

It also helps that it accurately describes just about all its foundations in not just a clear way, but in an ACCURATE way. :)

But what did I love most?

Okay. I'm weird. I loved the Shannon Entropy Function. I want someone to run a plot on me, please. :)


Let me sum up something:

This book ought to be well-known. It ought to be discussed and enjoyed and in the common zeitgeist of modern SF. It isn't a throwaway title meant to pass an afternoon away. It's a complex and stand-up commentary on what we could all BE, in all the best ways that SF can function.

Of course, if I might get to the point sooner, I should refer back to my first statement. The book made me cry from joy. It OUGHT to be enough to encourage anyone to read it. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Loved this book. Everything about it. Artificial intelligence, likable characters, and subtle twists and turns. Fantastic read.

I'd heard that the WWW series was some of RJS' best work, and I can see why. Can't wait to continue with this series.

Highly recommend. ( )
  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
"Wake" is a great science fiction book with real science and some interesting subplots that keep the reader moving. Well-paced, the author challenges the reader with various plots and at the same time throws in a bit of Canadian trivia.

What I liked were the responses with not only technology but the characters' reactions as well. The main story deals with Caitlin, a math expert ("Calculass" is her web name) not quite 16 yet, but blind since birth. A doctor in Japan fits her with a special device that decodes the signals from her eye to her brain and creates two things: one, she can see again! Two, she can see the Web. Yes, she can see the movements of the World Wide Web.

However, unknown to everyone, there is a presence that is also being born. It realizes it exists, forms thoughts and conclusions and finally decides to contact its only other terminal: Caitlin!

The book moved me to tears when she discovered her sight. The author clearly must have some experience with the blind and disabled to write so clearly on such a sensitive subject. Caitlin relates her tale to that of Helen Keller and Keller's teacher, Ann Franklin. And how like Ann Franklin, Caitlin is teaching the web intelligence (dubbed Webmind) about Man.

The subplots are interesting as well. They're not all concluded by the end of the book and for some readers (as you can see by other reviewers) seem put off by this. But I'm not. I see where Sawyer is going. There just was not enough "book" to complete the subplots. This is after all a trilogy, right?

A group of people have discovered a way of communicating with an intelligent ape. Unfortunately there are others who want to sterilize the ape and stop his formation.

Another group, this time in communist China, want to stop a deadly strain of H1N1 virus (called H1N5 in this fictional world) and so cut off the internet from the rest of the world while they shamelessly murder thousands of peasants to stem the tide of contagion. A man finds out about this but may not live long enough to tell the world. Intense.

Finally, there's Caitlin herself. She feels protective of the Webmind and is not sure how to proceed with it. Meanwhile Webmind wants just one question answered. Who is he?

Bottom Line? The book is written at a young adult level and the character development is clear with Caitlin. And her autistic father and genius mother are characters to contend with. Great story, interesting premise of an intelligence on the web.

I'm really wanting to read the second book now to see how it all turns out. The book ends on a thrilling note that gets the reader to want more. I found this same technique with J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series and that works here as well.

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  James_Mourgos | May 19, 2020 |
It has been a long time since I read a science fiction book with such joy as "Wake". This is science fiction as I want it to be: human, accessible, exciting, challenging, educative, serious, funny and fast-paced.

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 feels like to be on-line as well as explaining the technology simply and without becoming boring.

I enjoyed the humour that peppers the book, including some of the reference that only old folks like me who've been on-line since the 80s (when there was no W.W.W.) will understand.

The pace of the ideas and the action and the geographic sweep of the converging sub-plots kept me turning the pages rapidly.

Wonderful, wonderful stuff. I will definitely read the rest of the trilogy and I hope someone good (preferably Canadian or British) makes the TV series that this deserves to become. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
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