Saturday, February 08, 2020

Wake, Watch, Wonder

*Below I try my best not to give away anything that wouldn't be in a general synopsis. But as always, be mindful if you like to read a book with little knowledge of it's contents.
Robert Sawyer is quickly gaining my appreciation for his ideas and worlds he crafts. A Canadian author with work that I first got to experience with his stand alone MindScan. A novel where a terminal man decides to clone his consciousness to an Android body in order to avoid death, who then needs to deal with his left behind biological body who is taking hostages and claiming he never agreed to the process. The read was quite an interesting one with great ideas on the legal concerns over such an situation.

Later I was shocked at how much I enjoyed his Neanderthal Parallax series in which a parallel universe where Neanderthal humans evolved to be the dominate species on earth. Two scientists attempting a different procedure end up ripping a hole into another universe (ours) that the main character is then pulled through. The story of this character finding his way in our world is quite an interesting one, the first book, in my opinion being the strongest is followed by two others that explores the ideas of technology and lifestyles and how it differs between each universe.

Which leads me into the latest series of books from this author that I'm currently finishing. The WWW series as it were, follows a 16 year old blind Canadian girl whom is given her sight back with an experimental piece of technology that also just so happens to allow her to see a visualized view of the internet. This view brings to her a being who has emerged online and is eager to learn who he is in the world. What plays out is an incredibly interesting series which I'm glad to announce stays strong beyond the first book. Here's hoping it finishes strong!

Interestingly enough, there's word that a TV series maybe in the works (though the post is a year old now and no new news on that front yet) based on this series, which may be kind of neat. I do wonder, however, if it may fit better into the mini series category or even a well thought out movie. Regardless, it would be nice to see this world explore further.

With nearly 7 books of his under my belt, I feel as though I can easily continue with any of his books/series and likely enjoy them. Looking forward to more from him.