- 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: #2,543,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Earthweb Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1999
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be entertaining, and the story has stuck with me since reading it. The characters were likable and well developed, which I always appreciate. Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by J. Senechal
This books looks at the future of the Internet with an engaging Sci-Fi romance story. It discusses several proposed improvements in the internet that make our current WWW look as... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by J. Krause
I read this book through Baen's Free Library (A site worth going to). This was a very well written book. The characters were well defined. Read morePublished on May 1, 2009 by F. Jones
Earthweb was written eight years ago without a needed follow-up. While the author treats the plot as a venue for predicting a future of the Internet, the implications and... Read morePublished on March 4, 2008 by D. Arnett
This story encourages the reader to think about the potential of unusual institutions and technologies, while providing an entertaining story. Read morePublished on December 21, 2003 by Peter McCluskey
This novel revolves around recurrent, regular attacks on Earth by an advanced, mechanical civilization. Read morePublished on November 17, 1999 by KR Bridges
I admit it. I had never heard of marc stiegler before. Where has he been hiding? Apparently his first sci-fi book out and it's good! Read morePublished on September 20, 1999
Earthweb is a book that contains interesting characters. It also has an exciting alien attack. Those two elements would make this a good book. Read morePublished on July 12, 1999