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(Released in paperback by Baen Books in June, 1999)

Someone Out There really hated humans. Twenty years have passed since Shiva I first swept aside Earth's crude defenses and rained down destruction. Now Shiva V has entered the Solar System, more powerful than any of its predecessors.

The Shiva cannot be destroyed by fleets of ships: the fleets have been destroyed. It cannot be defeated by a forceful American President and his faithful generals: they do not know what to do. It cannot be defeated by a clandestinely developed superweapon based on new principles of physics: no such weapon exists.

Only by integrating thousands of detailed revelations, coming from thousands of different fields of knowledge, can we find salvation. So from Nevada to China, from the Arctic to the Equator, people of both ordinary and extraordinary skills will commit their abilities. People as diverse as an ancient KGB agent, a teenage scam artist, a blind child, and a paraplegic ex-Marine, will find solutions to small pieces of the puzzle. Almost none of these people have ever met one another; almost none ever will. Yet in their billions they will come together. In their billions they will work as a tight-knit team. For we of Earth have one advantage over the enemy: though the builders of the Shivas knew enough to use technology that borders on magic, they never dreamed they would have to face the combined intellectual might of all humankind, linked and coordinated by...

...the EarthWeb!

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Comments on EarthWeb: Short quotes from diverse people who have read preview copies of the novel, including Vernor Vinge, Hugo-winning author of A Fire Upon the Deep.

Scenes from the book: Here is a smorgasbord of scenes, with everything from light-hearted romance to full-throttle action-adventure, with a stop or two to glance at the future technologies of the Web.


Related Links: Excluding the alien battleships, the technologies and other background elements of EarthWeb are real projects under development at this moment. Read about how these different features of our future are progressing.

Related Books: To learn about the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings of the world of EarthWeb, this is a recommended reading list.

Last updated 18 Feb 2002
by Lynne Stiegler