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 cyberpunk classic, Arachne.
“Powerful . . . Entertaining . . . Imaginative.”
“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.”
Set in the same universe as Mason's previous Arachne, this chronicle of San Francisco attorney Carly Nolan-who loses her position because of an anomaly in her ``telespace'' link, known as an ``arachne'' for its spiderlike appearance-and her robotic companions Saint Download and Pr. Spinner fails on several levels. One of these is its prose: ``Two women, astonishing and beautiful, the way the water of the Bay was beautiful when poison slicked its surface in green and blue swirls and astonished him with sudden sickness at its taste.'' More perilously, Mason seems awed by the gadgetry she presents, more so than readers are likely to be. Finally, she posits a romanticized band of ``aborigines,'' led by Ouija, who seem little more than Luddites. (Says Ouija, of his people's life: ``We hunt, we feed, we fuck, we are free.'') Mason allows her sympathies, not her characters, to move the story line, which culminates in a contrived tearjerker ending.