WWW: Wonder (WWW Trilogy Series #3)

WWW: Wonder (WWW Trilogy Series #3)

by Robert J. Sawyer

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Overview

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937007362
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Series: WWW Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 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.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the third and final book in the WWW trilogy by Robert Sawyer. It was a fitting end to the series, but not as good as the previous two books. Some of the characters act very against their character and some things are put in the book just to make a statement on something (without adding to the story much). I listened to this on audio book and I highly recommend it. This is one of those series that is so well done on audio book that I think it is vastly better than reading the book on paper. You definitely need to read the previous two book to understand what happens in this book.The virtual entity Webmind has been discovered by the US government and they have tried, and failed, to shut Webmind down. With Webmind's existence out in the open the big question is, what next? Caitlin and her family are naturally drawn into the media frenzy surrounding Webmind. The real question facing humanity is basically this: Is Webmind really benevolent or should measures be taken to shut it down while humanity still can? Humanity has some big decisions to make. Will Webmind survive or become just a blip in humanity's history?There are a lot of good things about this book. Many of the seemingly random things that happen in the previous books all come together and, as a reader, we can see that this book was meticulously planned out. So kudos to Sawyer for thinking things out so well. As with previous books there are a lot of political and social issues discussed. Most of them focus on the questions of a spontaneous entity like Webmind and what his presence means for humanity. Of course other issues weave through this main issue: there is discussion on Atheism, Communism, etc.Sawyer himself does an intro talking about how long it took him to finish this series (6 years) and how much technology had changed in that time. It is like he went out of his way to make sure this final book incorporated every little thing he could think of to make it as modern as possible. To that extent there is a lot of Twittering, Face-booking, as well as discussion about modern politics and references to companies like Google. There is even a Big Bang Theory quote in there from that popular sit-com (which I am a huge fan of). My only problem with this is that all these inclusions seem a bit contrived and forced at times.My other complaint are some of the things the characters themselves do that are way out of character. The one that really floored me was when Caitlin decides to take a cell pic of her naked chest and sexts it to Matt. It has me laughing my butt off with the ridiculousness of it all. I mean really a girl as smart as her, who is inexperienced sexually just wouldn't do something like that. She especially wouldn't do it when she is incredibly aware of how easy that data is to access and how insecure it is. And she wouldn't forget to delete it off of her phone; enabling her mom to find it later. I know Sawyer makes a comment about Webmind making her phone secure, but come on...any idiot knows that kind of thing is stupid to do from a secure data and privacy point of view. Now you ask why was this included in the story? Like many of the weird random things included in this book it was so Sawyer could make a point about the end of Victorianism in an Internet based society. Sawyer takes a number of instances to lecture at his readers; sometimes it is interesting...sometimes it is just awkward.The above being said, I really enjoyed some of the things Webmind does in this book. Some of them are really well thought out and almost make you wish you could live in that era and witness that kind of progress for humanity. Webmind's ultimate act of benevolence for humankind was intriguing, although I am not sure how realistic it really was. The story is wrapped up in a touchy, feely happy way that is as sweet as any happily ever after you have ever read. Sawyer includes an interesting epilogue that I am uncertain how I feel about
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Of the three books in this series, this one was probably my favorite. It had me guessing more than the others did, plus about halfway through the book, I couldn't decide which way the story was going to go. Webmind is threatened again. I was disturbed a bit by the sex-at-sixteen scene, feeling that it was totally unnecessary to the plot of the story. That and the "coming out" of atheists seems to indicate a slight political agenda. I am not certain of the intended audience for the novels - being that the main character is 15 and 16 throughout the story, I might guess a YA audience, but the subject matter is heavy. Having taught the YA age group, I have had some students who would appreciate the novel, but not all that many that could read it and understand it. If that is indeed the target audience, I am disturbed even more by those two messages. Still, freedom of speech and all that. They're still great books.
Queensowntalia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'WWW: Wonder' concludes the tale of formerly blind Caitlin Decker, her web entity pal Webmind and their allies as Webmind continues to grow and expand his powers. But powers at the Pentagon, as well as overseas, aren't happy about it's existence, and may take action against it. Can they be stopped? Furthemore, should they be? How much control is Webmind going to be allowed to gain? I have in general enjoyed the core of the story. The premise is interesting and kept me curious about where Sawyer was taking it. But man, there were so many instances in this installment where I shouted "Argh? What?? Bleh. No." and skipped pages ahead, because a scene was SO awkward, or SO over the top ridiculous, or otherwise so incredibly irritating I couldn't get over it. Did I really need to read about her mom awkwardly dressing her daughter down for sexting then giving her "the talk" about boys? No, I really, really didn't. There's just so many terrible, pointless, annoying scenes in this book, it almost ruins it. But the story overall is rewarding. The conclusion is a bit too sappy, but there's an intriguing epilogue which offers some food for thought. So the book has that going for it.
baubie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good ending to Sawyer's WWW trilogy. As always, Sawyer brings his Canadiana in full swing along with a metric tonne of science fiction goodness. After haven woken, and watched, Webmind, the consciousness that spawned online from rogue packets, begins to wonder. This story takes place directly after the second book and, in reality, all three books are one longer book split into three. Sawyer's prose is easy to read and digest and keeps the story moving. I felt the story wrapped up in a bit of a rush but it wasn't disappointing. Overall, a good read and I feel it is worth it to complete the series.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is book three of the science fiction trilogy that began with WWW: Wake and WWW: Watch. The overriding theme is a Helen Keller type of story in which the previously blind Caitlin Decter (in the role of Teacher) helps facilitate the conscious awakening of an entity ¿ Webmind - born out of mutant information packets on the internet. Thus humanity inadvertently created Webmind, giving him ¿ as he said - meaning, purpose, joy, and wonder. Peyton Hume, an Air Force colonel and Pentagon expert on artificial intelligence, wants to destroy Webmind before his powers (in fact growing exponentially every day) exceed human intelligence. Hume tries to reason to the President that even if Webmind weren¿t initially hostile, he might become so in the future, and then could not be stopped. But no one listens to Hume; Webmind, thus far, has been nothing but benevolent and in fact has made positive contributions to mankind (which Webmind announces on his Twitter account). Hume determines to take matters into his own hands. Caitlin (cured of her blindness in the first book, WWW: Wake, by having retinal signals to her brain reprocessed by an ¿eyePod¿), her parents, and her boyfriend Matt are just as determined to stop him.Evaluation: In my opinion, the third book does not approach the quality of the first two. There is much less humor in this third book, and Caitlin, so smart and sophisticated in the previous two books, suddenly acts like the worst sort of teenaged naïf. Additionally, the other books provide a great deal of fascinating background on the development of consciousness and different ways to ascertain intelligence. This book omits much of that. I¿m guessing that Sawyer perhaps sees this volume as his last opportunity to have a character like Webmind ¿ one who is pretty much all-seeing and all-knowing - pontificate on peace and love and dignity and equal rights and self-determination for all. And he does it a bit too much. A more tightly edited resolution, in my opinion, would have been to skip right from Caitlin and Matt¿s discovery of the wonder of love, to Webmind's Epilogue on the wonder of existence. That would have been a perfect juxtaposition, and we would have been able to avoid yet one more unnecessary speech from Webmind.Note: Each book can be read as a stand-alone.
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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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Sweet