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Cyberweb by [Mason, Lisa]
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Mason's Arachne (1990) engagingly recounted the cyberspace struggles of genetically enhanced attorney Carly Nolan, whose career was shattered when a spiderlike phantom haunted her virtual reality "telespace" trial hearings. In Cyberweb, Carly returns, accompanied by her robot sidekicks, Saint Download and Professor Spinner, and determined to regain her reputation by taking control of the phantom's uncanny "hyperlink" telespace powers. While biding her time, subsisting on Dumpster rations and hiding out from the all-seeing eyes of Data Control, Carly is kidnapped into the service of Cognatus, a mainframe artificial intelligence, or AI, that offers big money for Carly's knack for hyperlinking her way into classified data stores. Under Professor Spinner's doting tutelage, Carly quickly comes to suspect that Cognatus' real and malevolent motive, which emanates from a collective of independent AI "silicon supremacists," is to undermine human control of telespace. Mason's prose often has more burlesque and less grit in it than that of many cyberspace vehicles, but her endearing characters and their absorbing adventures will hook even the most jaded sf fan. Carl Hays

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Carly Quester was once a professional telelinker with a powerful and corrupt mediation firm. Now she lives as an outlaw among the underground in San Francisco, wanted by the authorities for dubious crimes against Data Control. But with a new assignment from a mysterious sengine—and the help of a standalone AI entity, Pr. Spinner—she seeks the fast-track back into public telespace and the Prime Time.

Her assignment, however, comes with sticky strings attached. For it has made Carly the target of a ruthless mercenary ultra, the love obsession of the young shaman of a savage urban tribe—and a possible pawn of the Silicon Supremacists plotting no less than the annihilation of humankind.

Cyberweb is the sequel to Lisa Mason's classic cyberpunk, Arachne.

“Powerful . . . Entertaining . . . Imaginative.”
--People Magazine

“In humanity’s daring to enter the cybernetic heaven (and hell) of telespace, Lisa Mason reveals the lineaments of all that is tragic and transcendent in our evolution. Once the journey into this vivid and terrifying future has begun, there is no returning until the infinite has been faced and the last word read.”
--David Zindell, Author of Neverness

“Cybernetics, robotics, the aftermath of San Francisco’s Big Quake II, urban tribalism—Lisa Mason combines them all with such deftness and grace, they form a living world. Mason spins an entertaining tale . . . She allows Carly’s robotic allies a measure of personality and sophistication beyond the stock role of a chirping R2D2 or a blandly sinister Hal . . . Her characters and their world will stay with you long after you’ve finished this fine book.”
--Locus, The Trade Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy

“Lisa Mason stakes out, within the cyberpunk sub-genre, a territory all her own.”
--The San Francisco Chronicle

“Mason’s endearing characters and their absorbing adventures will hook even the most jaded SF fan.”

“Arachne is an impressive debut by a writer gifted with inventiveness, wit, and insight. The characters face choices well worth reading about. This is cyberpunk with a heart.”
--Nancy Kress, Author of Brain Rose

“There is a refreshing amount of energy associated with Lisa Mason’s writing. The good old values are there: fun, excitement, drama—but served up with new and original twists. Lisa Mason is definitely a writer to watch—and to read.”
--Paul Preuss, Author of Venus Prime

“Lisa Mason must be counted among science fiction’s most distinctive voices as we rush toward the new millennium.”
--Ed Bryant

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  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Bast Books (30 January 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars DEEPER THAN DEEP 15 February 2003
By Worldreels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
On re-reading CYBERWEB a year later, I don't think my first review does it justice. The writer has peeled off the difference between conscious robots and flesh and blood man. Almost without fanfare the robots are provided with souls. Her mechanical characters are given both consciousness and emotion. Their only difference to man is in their composition. This becomes very clear when the outmoded Spinner character uploads herself into Patina's flashy, lifeless bodywork.

The writer, thus, dives deeply into the unseen world that controls man's apparent freewill existence. By using mainframes as purposeful beasts, seeking to control fleshy man, some very deep philosophical questions are posed. She leaves it up to the reader to fill in the blanks to this very entertaining and thoughtful story.

Mason leads her cyberpunk reader into the arena of sci-fi comics. It?s not possible for humans to grasp the feelings and desires of these robot characters but it?s still a lot of fun to try. She challenges your imagination to follow her character?s avatars, cones, cubes and three headed chimeras as they flit in and out of cyberspace. But hard questions are run up the flagpole. Can bodiless people exist in this virtual world of telespace? Can a soul exist in a nonorganic body? Should robots be discarded like machines when a new model arrives? Can our culture continue to absorb the changes computer power is unleashing? Is our reality but an extension of the bits composing telespace? Even the questions of what consciousness might consist of and whether it is really an advantage to being born as flesh and blood. She makes no attempt to answer these questions but even considering them makes this book a very creative endeavor. You could certainly invest your time on a much less entertaining story. Also it is short and sweet.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too futuristic 11 January 2000
By just another face - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is intriguing if you're one of those star-wars hogging sci-fi nerds, which i am not. If you're normal like me, you will not believe or imagine a single passage in this novel. It is high-tech to the extreme, and not likely to happen in the next couple centuries. Boring plot. Woman gets involved in a dangerous skeem, woman tries to get out, woman tries to save the world from digital crisis, woman is a sexy blonde, you could almost guess the rest of the story. My suggestion is, go for slightly less imaginary and more contemporrary works. you got your stephen kings, your romantic charles dickens, your seductive anne rice's. This is a waste of time.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...pretty cool actually... 28 October 1998
By Phil Ballard (pballard@umr.edu) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Cyberweb is a pretty nifty cyberpunk novel...lots of interesting ideas...I liked it...there's a sequal to it too, but I can't remember its title...
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