WAKE. [Toronto]: Viking Canada, . Octavo, printed wrappers. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Sawyer to his editor on the title page: "For David G. / Hartwell --- / Great editor! / Great friend! / with thanks for / a decade of / editorial wisdom! / Robert J. Sawyer / WFC / Calgary '08." story of the Web, and its awakening. "... set in the near future, the WWW sequence, comprising WWW: WAKE (2009), WWW: WATCH (2010) and WWW: WONDER (2011), describes the coming to consciousness of the World Wide Web, as well as a parallel development in a chimpanzee-bonobo hybrid, who learns to paint; an interface between a blind human and the infant webmind leads to radical improvements in healthcare and general well-being, though the American military, which may fear its obsolescence through the Singularity Webmind seems to predict, wishes to destroy the adolescent worldmind." - John Clute, SFE (online). A fine copy. A major association copy. (#160567).