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Wonder [Paperback]

Robert J. Sawyer
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Book Description

12 April 2012

The Internet has become sentient. The world's governments are terrified, it seems the evolution of a new intelligence might have left mankind behind. It is up to one blind girl, a maths genius, to convince mankind that this new digital life is not its enemy.

Perfect for fans of Charles Stross and Vernor Vinge this is a rich imagining of a future that may be just around the corner.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575095091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575095090
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert J. Sawyer has been described as Canada's answer to Michael Crichton. Critically acclaimed in the US he is regarded as one of SF's most significant writers and his novels are regularly voted as fan's favourites. He lives in Canada.

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A superb near-future SF trilogy of an awakened Internet.

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'A writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation' (New York Times) concludes his mindbending trilogy.

The world is a better place. But not everyone is happy about it . . .

Webmind - the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web - has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the top-brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated.

Caitlin Decter - the once-blind sixteen-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind - wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything - Webmind included - may come crashing down.

Even now that she is no longer blind, even with Webmind on her side, Caitlin has never felt more alone . . .

'This is Robert J. Sawyer at his very best' Analog

'Unforgettable. Impossible to put down' Jack McDevitt on Wake

'Cracking open a new Robert J. Sawyer book is like getting a gift from a friend who visits all the strange and undiscovered places in the world. You can't wait to see what he's going to amaze you with this time'

John Scalzi


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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! A story of our time 30 Sep 2011
Wonder is brilliant from beginning to end. It's a story of our times ... where the internet births a sentient consciousness called Webmind whose goal is to increase the net happiness of humanity. It's everything I would want a birth of consciousness to be. It represents our time brilliantly as crowd sourcing becomes a beautiful collaborative way of creating the world anew. Go Robert Sawyer! You ROCK!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Pleasure to enjoy so much 17 May 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Whilst to some Robert J Sawyer burst onto the scene with Flash Forward, he's has been a pretty close kept secret by readers of Science Fiction as an author of not only incite but one with a unique twist and flavour on the possible future that he sees. This is perhaps no more prevalent than in his World Wide Web series, of which this is the third concluding part.

What unfurls within is a story of hope, a tale of discovery and perhaps best of all a novel of character growth and development. Add to this Roberts pretty unique and identifyable writing style, great prose and a pacey use of story arc that made this not only satisfying but a tale that was hard to put down. All in, this title was not only a wonderful conclusion to this series but one that readers deserved as all too often many end up with the apocalyptic ending which not only depresses but really doesn't allow the reader to gain anything from it and when you add a clever look at how we're developing technologically which really brings to mind a reworking of a statement utilised by Dr Ian Malcom in Jurassic Park which would be "God creates technology, God destroys technology. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates technology..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder 14 Mar 2013
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Very good final part of this trilogy, a great pity it is unlikely to happen in real life, can recommend reading all 3 parts in order to get the full impact of the whole idea of the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for format differences 23 July 2011
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Read the first book of the series (Wake) whilst on holiday and was so bowled over I ordered the other 2 books in the trilogy whilst away. When I got home, they were waiting at the PO for me. Excellent work Amazon.

However, a word of warning folks; although "Watch" was the same size/paperback format at the "Wake" I had, "Wonder is a large format paperback, which if you're like me is mighty annoying if you want to stick them on the bookshelf for rereading at some point in the future.

It's all me own fault of course - the size is clearly described in the description, but in my eagerness... I wouldn't be so aggrieved if this was the first time I'd missed this particular annoyance of the publishing world. So be warned by my mistake.

I am however looking forward to reading the book and will write a review when I have done so.
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This book which I have been waiting for impatiently after its two predecessors was a severe disappointment.

I enjoyed it well enough and Robert Sawyers story carried on in the vein it started - strengths and weaknesses as before. However, he gave in to letting his beliefs (which many will see as prejudices) interfere with the storytelling. Much of the book is taken up with a polemic extolling the virtues of what can only be described as a 1960s view of a 'good society'.

I suspect that most people no longer have such a rosy Rousseauesque view of the inherent goodness of man, and subscribe to a more Hobbesian view of the world. Mind you this is my prejudices coming out as well.
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