Check out Robert J. Sawyer’s Wake

Have you read Robert J. Sawyer’s Wake yet? It’s one of those set-in-the-day-after-tomorrow idea-thrillers that I’m starting to wish I’d really read more of. The kind of book where blogging, open-source competitors to Google, and the infrastructure of the web are the laser beams and starships.

And because it’s shamelessly Canadian you get paragraphs name-checking Stephen Wolfram immediately followed (literally—in the next paragraph) by kids playing street hockey yelling “Car!”

I don’t normally recommend books in a series (Wake is the first volume in a WWW series—all the titles start with W) but Wake is a fun diversion that also points to some really, really, neat current ideas about consciousness, information, and what it means to be human. Check it out.

2 responses to “Check out Robert J. Sawyer’s Wake”

  1. That looks really good! We had a really good relationship with Sawyer back at McNally Robinson when I ran the blog over there. He’s a great guy, and this book looks fantastic. I haven’t read any scifi in a while, and you may just have convinced me to pick this one up.

  2. I love Robert Sawyer, but his books are very hard to find down here Stateside. Wake was the feature of John Scalzi’s Big Idea series several months back (just before it was released, probably), and I thought it looked good then. It seems to be available in my local library system, so I will pick it up. Thanks for reminding me to look for it!

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