Earthweb - Baen Books
Doomsday Came About Every Five Years
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: we tried, and it was the fleets that were destroyed. It cannot be defeated by a clandestinely developed super-weapon based on new principles of physics: no such weapon exists. It cannot be defeated by a forceful American President and his faithful generals: they do not know what to do.
There is only one way to defeat a Shiva: get inside and kill it. Once again, in the personae of five champions, four billion of us are about to do just that.
"A high-voltage adventure story—and an intriguing look at what the
worldwide web may become."
"A brilliant vision of our future networked intelligence."
"Why read expensive industry newsletters to puzzle out the future of
the Web? Read Earthweb to pull way ahead of today's Web pundits."
Cover art by David Mattingly
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.
First printing, May 1999
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
Printed in the United States of America
Copyright 2006 by Marc Stiegler
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