Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion - and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Robert J. Sawyer.
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"Original and intriguing. Sawyer makes complex sci-fi understandable and thoroughly entertaining." (Romantic Times BOOKReviews)
"Watch is a helluva fun read and an excellent science fiction book." (SF Signal)
"Cast members complement one another and are effective in differentiating the various characters and story threads. They drive forward the momentum of the plot and flesh out the novel’s distinct personalities." (AudioFile)
I don't even know how to express my own personal "WONDER" in relation to my experience listening to these books. All three of them are fantastic. I want a WebMind! I want him for me and for "us". This author is a genius. The way his mind works is unimaginable to me. His messages, his politics, his humanity, his creativity, his complexity and his talent are beyond compare. The story is wonderful. I absolutely love the narrators on this book. Kaitlin’s narrator is sooooooooo talented! Kaitlin herself is a fascinating character. I just love the way he wrote her. I'd love for my teenagers to be like her. She is just so REAL. I have read Mr. Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax (NP) series and Calculating God (CG). They are great stories also. I knew I'd like NP, and after I finished those three books, I was pretty sure I'd like CG but I wasn't sure at all I'd like the WWW series. I'm just not technically inclined and the topic as described was a little bit intimidating. BOY WAS I WRONG. It's just such a great story. I hope the Chinese government reads it.
Now, my hardest decision is which one of Robert Sawyer's books to download next. :-)
PS - I think it is so smart for him to include references to Audible in WWW. What a great plug for a great service!
This is the continuing story of the artificial intelligence discovered in the interspices of the web. Its focus is the defeat on an attempt by the US intelligence agencies to destroy the AI.
Science fiction at it's absolute best. Perhaps even better that the first of the series. I haven't gone through a novel so quickly in a long time.
Mr Sawyer is obviously obsessed with the Planet of the Apes. If you can get passed it then it's a great book. I am not sensitive to his political leanings and can appreciate the immense complexity of his plot and details. That is what I enjoy about his writings. We worth doing the whole series.
I thought that audiobook was very good. I liked her narration. there was lots of interesting ideas. The AI is also great. im 27 yrs old guy who likes Si-Fi. bye
I get the impression that this middle book of the trilogy was actually written after the third had been finished. it's a grab bag of the author's political views tossed in with equal parts of scenes that are used simply to bridge the gap and create a trilogy after the main tale has been told. one example of this is a soul searching philosophical discussion between the teenaged main charaters--as she sits on his lap and after their tongues have stopped intertwining--that the president of the united states is the defacto leader of the free world and: the president is making a big deal of wearing an american flag on his lapel on the campaign trail this time because
Disgusted by the never-ending profanity, homosexuality, promotion of teen promiscuity, pushing of evolution and anti-Christian rhetoric. Could have skipped the first half of the book because of all the garbage the author was spewing. He should have spent more time on the plot instead of propaganda. Had a very weak ending. Will not even listen to the next book even though I already purchased it.
It's no great secret that Caitlin and other researchers posit that Web Mind is composed from internet packets whose Time-To-Live (TTL) counters never reach zero. Because they never reach zero, they hang around on the web forever. These packets behave like cellular automata. At a high-level, this means Web Mind is rather fragile.
It is, however, a secret from a division of the National Security Agency called the Web Assessment Threat Containment Headquarters (WATCH). As the name implies, WATCH monitors the web for potential threats. They first become aware of Web Mind through its interception of the signals sent by the implant in Caitlin's eye. WATCH can't decode the data without writing a program to implement some very complex algorithms. They need to figure out how Web Mind is created to form a plan to eliminate it.
We also see Web Mind's existence become public. It communicates instantaneously with everyone who contacts it, and helps find missing people, prevent suicide, etc.
It’s funny watching small minds play big games. The fact Mr. Sawyer can look up others ideas and fold them into what he thinks the world should be, does not make it so.
The story was wonderfully done, but I didn’t need or want to be preached at for a quarter of the book. Just like actresses that should shut up and act and musicians that should shut up and sing Mr. Sawyer should shut up and write.
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