From Walter Jon Williams, the celebrated and influential author of Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, and Angel Station comes Implied Spaces, a new novel of post-singularity action, pyrotechnics, and intrigue. Aristide, a semi-retired computer scientist turned swordsman, a scholar of the implied... show more
From Walter Jon Williams, the celebrated and influential author of Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, and Angel Station comes Implied Spaces, a new novel of post-singularity action, pyrotechnics, and intrigue. Aristide, a semi-retired computer scientist turned swordsman, a scholar of the implied spaces, seeking meaning amid the accidents of architecture in a universe where reality itself has been sculpted and designed by superhuman machine intelligence. While exploring the pre-technological world Midgarth, one of four dozen pocket universes created within a series of vast, orbital matrioshka computer arrays, Aristide uncovers a fiendish plot threatening to set off a nightmare scenario, perhaps even bringing about the ultimate Existential Crisis: the end of civilization itself! Traveling the pocket universes with his wormhole-edged sword Tecmessa in hand and talking cat Bitsy, avatar of the planet-sized computer Endora, at his side, Aristide must find a way to save the multiverse from subversion, sabotage, and certain destruction.
Publish date: April 1st 2009
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
If you don't take it too seriously, it's a big chunk of fun. The story begins life in a pocket universe on very much a "sword and sorcery" level, but quickly expands its reach into multiple universes, massive artificial intelligences, and a sizable battle for control of the known universe. Plenty of...
There are a lot of ways that this was a fun, light adventure, with sword fights and robot battles (though not at the same time). But rather than praise all the kitchen sinky wormholetastic goodness herein, I find myself dwelling on the parts I didn’t like. And, oh, how I wish that was confined to my...
This sci-fi/fantasy novel has a little bit of everything - and I do mean everything - and varies from the scale of a day's ride on a horse to the oort cloud and universes beyond. It all works pretty well too - the characters are interesting and funny and memorable. If I were younger or older this bo...
When it comes to genre fiction, I'm a big fan of books that use what I'm now calling the Reese's Effect to tell an interesting story. That is, I like when genres collide as chocolate and peanut butter do in Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.Implied Spaces is a prime example of the Reese's Effect (see, it'...