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Web 2028 [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen Baxter , Maggie Furey , James Lovegrove , Pat Cadigan

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11 Nov 1999
The Web is the internet of the future; a vast network of virtual reality sites that have become the playground for the children of the world and the stage for mankind¿s first contact. A contact that will be made with our children.

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Like The Web 2027, this second omnibus comprises six short novels of 2020s cyberspace. Again there's a linking theme besides the virtual-reality Web itself: now aliens are among us, not Greys from flying saucers but digital extraterrestrial beings hiding in the Web. Stephen Baxter's Webcrash hints at their presence before becoming a rip-roaring, retro-tech yarn of how a Viking community might attack the spacegoing villain who's escaped from a futuristic simulation and threatens them from orbit. Ken MacLeod's politically savvy Cydonia is a heady brew of conspiracy theories--in his virtual Dealey Plaza you can count 27 gunmen taking aim at JFK--leading to the cold, bracing shock of reality. Computopia by James Lovegrove explores illegal, sadistic thrills on a dubious alternative "Net", and foregrounds a helpful alien deus ex machina. Aliens seem more sinister in Maggie Furey's Spindrift, featuring the Shadowzone where deleted Web objects go, and the legacy of the immortality-seeking Sorceress, villain of The Web 2027. After exciting reversals, there's a neat, funny tagline. Pat Cadigan's powerful Avatar unflinchingly explores the pain and wry gallows humour of one permanently paralysed boy's interaction with a friend, an alien and the Web. Finally, with colourful settings and an Australian Aboriginal heroine, Eric Brown's Walkabout wraps up the alien problem and places the Web in perspective. Enjoyable stories, not just for younger readers. --David Langford

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An extraordinary vision of the future from six of the biggest names in fantasy and science fiction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Visions of an exciting hi-tech future WOW! 6 Jan 2003
By Jose Bay - Published on
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In here are 5 different stories from 5 different authors. But somehow they all are connected by the same themes and characters. I managed to read this book within a week. I found it to be well written and easy to understand. It contains short sentences that are easy to absorb. I suspect it may have been written for teenagers. I'm bewildered as to why no one has reviewed this classic book. It's an honour and privilege for me to review it. While it may have been aimed for a younger market the themes in it are ageless and timeless. Mature readers will appreciate it too. What I loved about it was how my current net experience, while relatively plain, simple and uneventful, is correlated to this future vision of spectacular marvel. In one word, it's fascinating how it views the future of virtual reality and the (hopefully) future eventuating of how the Internet will prosper and develop to encompass our daily lives. I just loved how it projects people into simulated worlds like a cat with nine lives. From history to future space everything and anything is imagined within the Web 2028 and with vivid, exciting detail that humans can only dream of happening in their wildest fantasies...Overall I recommend this book. While I'm normally a sci-fi fan who liked Star Wars, X Files etc. this book appealed to me. I recommend it for all ages especially the young. I dare say it's better than Harry Potter as it's relevant to the current Zeigiest way of life and modern pop culture. Who wants to read about witches and magic when you can summon visions of a promising and idealized utopian high tech future. [Forget} Potter and Lord Of The Rings, read this book NOW!!!
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