The Universe Wide Web: Book 1. Getting Started – Simon J. Morley
Imagine the World Wide Web were a real, physical place
Now imagine that place encompasses the entire universe
WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE WIDE WEB
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Getting Started is the first book in the sci-fi adventure series, The Universe Wide Web
When Jack Smart stumbled across the intergalactic internet known as the Universe Wide Web, little did he realise what adventures and dangers lay ahead.
The Universe Wide Web differs from the World Wide Web; it’s an actual place, somewhere out there in the ether, that you enter for real.
You can use it to click and travel instantly to anywhere in the universe.
It has web-rooms, chat rooms, web-games and markets; it’s a huge, labyrinthine place full of alien creatures and strange technologies. It has millions of users – creatures from all over the universe; though only one person from earth has ever logged on.
Jack discovers that his deceased father, an astrophysicist, was not only the first Earth based user of the Universe Wide Web, but also worked on its technology design, and held the security code that is at its core. This code holds the key to controlling it. But the code brings with it danger from many unscrupulous creatures trying to steal it.
Jack is drawn into a series of adventures and dangers as creatures try to discover whether he knows what his father knew.
He is pursued through endless web-sites and online games, and to planets in the far corner of the universe.
His life is in danger; the web is under threat.
Who can Jack trust?
Can he save the Universe Wide Web?
“Hold on tight as you’re catapulted around the universe in this exciting and imaginative read.” – Andy Tapley
Scroll down to read an excerpt from Getting Started
From the Author
I’ve always enjoyed science fiction, right back to the early Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars… and so much more since. But today’s science and technology advances seem much less exotic than those sci-fi adventures promised. Less exotic and more domestic… often literally in the palm of our hands (I know, being the father of two sons constantly immersed in their iPhones!).
We haven’t managed “warp factor seven” yet, nor time travel, but as technology evolves, so we need to re-set the fictional fantasy as science pushes us in unforeseen, yet equally fascinating directions.
Having written a number of sci-fi short stories, one day I came up with the idea of The Universe Wide Web (aka the uniweb) whilst idly playing with Google Maps. There I was, taking a virtual wander (from my comfy chair) along Broadway in New York, when the idea hit me… what if there was an internet for the whole universe? An intergalactic internet; and not only did it let you contact other users in far-away planets, but it also let you, at the click of a button, travel there instantaneously.
Once you’ve made the galactic step of logging on to the uniweb, who can you expect to meet out there? They’d be aliens, of course. But are aliens, intelligent aliens, really going to be that much different to us?
My guess is, going onto the uniweb would be much like going online here, you’d just meet ordinary, everyday creatures; except, as we know, nobody is ordinary close-up….”
“Really good book – my teenage son particularly enjoyed it and read all three in the trilogy very quickly. Thoroughly recommend it.” – Tall Girl
His father was methodical, even if the state of his study didn’t necessarily suggest it, and this was borne out by the vast number of folders and sub-folders he used to file everything. There was one particular folder marked “Private Projects” that caught Jack’s attention. He clicked it open. Inside were another ten or so sub-folders with titles such as “Curving Time”, “Intra-space Jump”, “Code Decipher”, “Red” and “Big Blue”. He idly glanced down these various folders until he got to the bottom of the list, where there was a folder entitled “Uni-web”, just like the file in the cupboard. He clicked through.
There was nothing in there except a programme called “UW hyper-link”. Jack clicked on it. Nothing happened. He clicked a few more times, and again, nothing happened. He moved the cursor away to look into other folders.
He wasn’t sure what he expected to find on the computer, but he didn’t have the heart to spend hours trying to make sense of it right now. He turned back to the wired-up objects. He looked at his watch and suddenly felt angry that his father had stolen it. He picked it up; the glass watch face was lying next to it. He pulled out the wires, scraped off the putty and put the glass face back on. Whatever his father had thought he needed it for, he certainly didn’t need it now. Jack put the watch back on his wrist, reset the time and wound it up.
It was nagging him, though. Why were these objects wired together? As he sat contemplating what his father had been doing here, he picked up the earpiece and put it in his ear. There was no sound; he didn’t really expect there would be. He picked up the metal wristband again; it too had wires attached by putty. He pulled them out and scraped off the putty. While thinking things through, he idly put the wristband on.
Immediately, Jack sensed strange images forming in his mind. He shook his head, as if he was shaking away a fly. But the images were still there. They weren’t quite visual, more like a sensation or feeling, and there were dozens of them, flitting across his mind. He felt like he could move from image to image as if flicking through the photo album on his iPhone.
He stopped at one particular image that seemed to grab his attention. As he focused on it, he had a feeling of energy, of people, of vibrancy and excitement. He concentrated hard, trying to make some sense of it, and became intensely aware of a huge room or hall full of colour and noise.
Something clicked in his mind. He became aware that a swirling disc of multi-coloured lights had formed in front of him, here in his father’s study, fully two metres in height. Jack stood up and stepped towards the disc. As he did so, transfixed by the lights, his foot caught on one of the spokes of the swivel chair base, and he fell forward towards the disc. He instinctively put his hand out in front of himself to prevent crashing into it, but his hand merely went straight through the disc, and he lost his balance completely. To his astonishment, he fell through the disc. Momentarily, everything went dark.
“Whether you are 13 or 113, if you are into sci-fi you’ll love this clever twist on the ‘www.’ world we all live in.” – Arnie
The Universe Wide Web series includes:
Book 1 – Getting Started
Book 2 – Uploading
Book 3 – Profile Settings
Book 4 – Parental Guidance