Wednesday, August 13, 2008

First look at Wake cover

Above is the cover for Wake, the first volume of my WWW trilogy, coming from Ace Science Fiction and Penguin Canada on April 7, 2009.

Here's a larger version.

I think it's magnificent.

The art and design are by Rita Frangie.

The cover copy for the book will read:
Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math — and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind.

When a Japanese researcher develops a new signal-processing implant that might give her sight, she jumps at the chance, flying to Tokyo for the operation.

But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. Once the implant is activated, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something — some other — lurking in the background. And it's getting smarter ...

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site

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At August 13, 2008 10:24 PM , Blogger Larry Hodges said...

Nice cover! I wonder how it was created? Manually - piece by piece - or with some program that did it systematically? As to the cover copy, now we see how we'll first meet the Internet consciousness, however that may be coming about. Now, if there were an Internet consciousness, and it read that copy - it's online! - and it wanted to stay hidden, we all know who its first victim is going to be. :)
-Larry Hodges

At August 14, 2008 2:43 AM , OpenID WTL said...

Just beautiful! I can't wait to have the entire trilogy to read!

At August 14, 2008 2:48 AM , OpenID katster said...

That's shiny. Looking forward to reading it.

Was nice to meet you in Denver, even if it was only a few moments in the signing line.


At August 14, 2008 11:45 AM , OpenID jamietr said...

Gorgeous cover, Rob. And after hearing your reading at Readercon, I am anxiously awaiting the next issue of ANALOG for part 1...

At August 14, 2008 12:35 PM , Blogger seeker65 said...

Wonderful cover! Every once in a while I blog about a cover I really like (or don't). I'd be interested to know if the European/British cover will be the same and if it's different, do you have a pic of it?
I Gave Rollback to a work friend who doesn't read SF. He didn't think the cover "screamed science fiction" and loved the book. He said it would make a great movie. I know you agree! (How's that going BTW? Any Hollywood nibbles?) I honestly think a more genre specific cover would have tainted his read of it.
I'm glad that this has a visually stunning cover that should appeal to SF and general fiction fans alike. Best of luck and can't wait to read all three.

At August 14, 2008 12:45 PM , Blogger J Erwine said...

Wow! That is a great cover, and it sounds like another great book. I can't wait to read it.

At August 14, 2008 1:08 PM , Blogger Andrew Zimmerman Jones said...

Fantastic cover, Rob. I haven't been particularly impressed with the covers for either Mindscan or Rollback, but this one ... gorgeous. I'll look forward to having a nice hardbound copy of this (autographed sometime, of course) sitting on my shelf!

At August 14, 2008 3:04 PM , Blogger fheywood said...

Love it!

At January 02, 2009 12:04 PM , Blogger Roger Andre said...

Awesome cover art! After reading Part 3 in Analog, I can't wait to read the entire book. I love the combination of existing science with fiction, Great job!


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