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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067157809X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671578091
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
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It is a future where pseudoanonymous identities with persistent reputation contract, over the web and in person. Decisions are guided by anonymous betting on idea future contracts. Reporters must be honest and accurate, because bi-directional, reputation endorsed public commentary follows them wherever they go. And Shiva V is coming to destroy the world.
Welcome to Marc Stiegler's latest book, "Earthweb". It is a space opera with a bibliography. (And the bibliography includes some of my favorite links.
Highly recommended.
Bill Frantz
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "pixel-pirate" on December 28, 1999
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The future never looked so clear....This story brings a lot of pioneering elements just now starting to show up in society and the world wide web together into a plot that seems very plausible. The palmtops that everyone seems to have in their possession are reminiscent of the PALM PILOT handhelds and their clones...The ATMs of today are replaced by these palmtops with e-cash being the norm in transactions. No greenbacks around in this scenario...Sky Cars rule transportation while land cars are antiques to be collected. The Windows OS is hinted at being gone, but the future's OS name is unknown, no endorsements here...
Upwards of two billion people are supposedly avid 'net users with sports bars replaced by web-cast bars...This is brought about in haste by an alien attack that comes in five year cycles. The aliens known as the SHIVA, are just robots in a ship-(who sends them to attack Earth is unknown). The fifth attack is underway so its been twenty five years since the first one. The people of earth, and I mean literally billions of people, team up to fight the SHIVA through strategy sessions on internet sites that try to come up with the most plausible defensive/offensive moves for the navy seals of the future known as Angels to use.
I like the fact that past events are hinted at as to what may have happened in our very near future, which doesn't seem good. With our near future being in past tense though, the story presents a future where society becomes reliant on individuals that use computer/information technology and less reliant on government. In fact, the reliant government in essence has recruited the whole world into the role of gamblers that try to put money on the strategies that will best work in defense of earth.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
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I saw a mention of this book on Slashdot a week ago. When both Vernor Vinge and David Friedman recommend a book, it is a pretty safe bet that it is a good story and well thought out. I wasn't disappointed.
The origin and purpose of the Shivas practically demands another novel. While I am not a big fan of series that never die, I'll be looking for that one. I hope that once again, the ideas are the best part.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1999
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This is the first book of a new trilogy. Although it starts a bit slowly--it has to, to set the scene--by the time you get to Chapter 4 you can't put it down! It's about a group of people (most of whom never meet each other)who unite using the World Wide Web to devise strategies to defeat a starship trying to destroy Earth. It takes all kinds of people and skills to accomplish this aim, and this book has them.
Earthweb is different from Mr. Stiegler's earlier works, which were more oriented towards the process than the people. The treatment of his characters made Earthweb more interesting to me (although I enjoyed David's Sling, Valentina and The Gentle Seduction) but for his loyal fans who have been waiting ten years for a new novel in his old style, don't despair--the innovative ideas and interesting uses of technology are still there!
The book has many funny as well as tense moments. A great read! I can't wait for the second book in this trilogy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1999
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Earthweb is a book that contains interesting characters. It also has an exciting alien attack. Those two elements would make this a good book. The element that makes this a great book is the way the author makes the future of the web come alive for every reader. We learn about Capablilty-Based Security, Idea Futures and Bidirectional links. These are real technologies that are being developed right now. In this book we see how these technologies may change the face of the internet forever. Please Mr. Marc Stiegler, give us more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry Cate III on June 18, 2005
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As I was reading "The Wisdom of Crowds" by James Surowiecki, I remembered "Earthweb" and decided to reread it. In "The Wisdom of Crowds" James Surowiecki does a good job of explaining how groups of people may make better decisions than the experts. Marc Stiegler in "Earthweb" writes a wonderful story about humans defending their planet against doomsday machines from space, called Shivas. One of the most important tools is the Earthweb which allows everyone on earth to help in fighting the doomsday machines.

This is a well written book. It was hard to put down. We are introduced to a variety of interesting characters and the story weaves their lives together as it builds to the exciting conclusion.

The book explores the events leading up to the second attempt to destroy another Shivas. We meet the attack team which is going onto the most recent Shivas. An important character is Morgan MacBride who directs the team remotely. He was the leader of the team that destroyed the first Shiva. The rest of characters are mostly those who kibitz via the Earthweb to help the attack team blow up the Shiva.

The basic premise, that of these Shivas coming every five years and they can only be destroyed by sneaking on board, is a bit farfetched. But it does provide the author with a way to explore the power of the wisdom of crowds. One of the interesting things to me is this book was published in 1999, and "The Wisdom of Crowds" was published five years later in 2004.
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