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Implied Spaces [Kindle Edition]

Walter Jon Williams
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“Walter Jon Williams really knows how to play power chords in the ‘key of wonder’ and in Implied Spaces he’s gone to town on the guitar solo!”
--Charles Stross

“Implied Spaces pioneers a new genre of SF--- the ‘Sword and Singularity’ novel. Williams combines fantasy tropes believably with nanotech, bleeding-edge infotech speculation, classic smashing-planets space opera, and intriguingly human, or possibly post-human characters along with a fast-moving plot and a quirky sense of humor in a melance that’s cosmological, theological, ontological, comic, and thoroughly entertaining.”

---S.M. Stirling

The mysterious swordsman Aristide wanders the multiverse with his talking cat Bitsy, both of them in search of the “implied spaces,” the accidents of architecture in a world that is itself artificial and created by a supreme intelligence.

While exploring the pre-technological world of Midgarth, Aristide discovers a plot that threatens to shake the multiverse to its foundations, a sinister enemy intent on laying all humanity in his thrall. Aristide must surmount war, plague, death, the loss of love, and cosmic havoc in order to finally confront the enemy, whose secret brings all reality into questions . . .

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
*Synopsis*
The sun is orbited by 11 vast slabs, almost-inconceivably powerful AIs whose capabilities have been deliberately limited by 'Asimovian Protocols' to just below the point of 'Vingean-singularity'. The AIs' primary use is to create pocket universes accessible via wormholes, which, by careful tweaking of their initial 'big bang' parameters, can have any conditions required. Humans can backup their minds, which can then be rehoused in artificially grown bodies in the case of death or boredom. Guarded by the AIs, effectively immortal and possessed of limitless resources, humanity is in a happily stagnant utopia. Aristide is one such human, though a little older and more restless than most. He's a 1500 year-old 'semi-retired computer scientist turned biologist turned swordsman' and we first meet him wandering through a deliberately low-tech recreational pocket universe (essentially a real-life MMORPG) armed with a wormhole-generating sword and accompanied by a sardonic talking cat that's a manifestation of one of the AIs. He's there because he's interested in the unlooked-for side-effects of universe generation, the 'implied spaces' that exist between the deliberately created bits, necessary but not designed. Of course, he's not above fighting bandits and chatting up chicks while he's there, but when he finds impossible creatures in the desert his hobby becomes vital for uncovering and defeating a threat to the entirety of human civilisation.

*Review*
This is high speed, high-tech science fiction at its most fun. It's got an intriguing and unusual setting, and explores its implications for individuals, societies, and the entire universe. It wrestles with political, ethical, technological and existential dilemmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff 24 Sep 2010
By Brezz
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dont read the negative reviews , they will ruin the book for you. I bought this because I read theThe Dread Empire's Fall series and was impressed with his style and wit. This is one for open minded sci-fi fans.It moves along nicely with the classic hero figure we all want to be doing his bit nicely.
Imaginative and entertaining ,worth every penny.
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By Haydies
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I brought this because I like Walter Jon Williams books cyber punk books, not so keen on some of the others but I thought I'd give it a go. When I first started to read I was worried, I don't really read fantasy style books so when the main character has a sword and starts vanising people in a clap of thunder I thought I wasn't going to like it.

But, not to give up, and because it clearly said that it was high tech I carried on and after a few chapters all was explained. The story as a whole was good, I enjoyed reading it and Walter talks about some interesting ideas for pocket universes. I particularly like the central AI characters avatar :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather cliched effort 18 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is a bit of a strange fish. It starts out as a straight-forward D&D adventure in which a wandering hero, Aristide, with a special sword and a very intelligent cat joins a desert caravan threatened by evil bandits, who kill anyone they capture who does not join them. After a brief romantic interlude with a young bride-to-be, the hero, along with the caravan guard, defeats the bandits. Three weird creatures, who lead the bandits, have weapons which cause enemies disappear, and they have to be despatched by the hero, whose special sword has the same power.

Now cut to a far-future civilisation. The hero is now revealed as a famous space pioneer, his sword is a gateway to a black hole and his cat is an avatar of one of twelve AIs that run things, under human control. The adventure took place in a created habitat, one of many, reachable via an artificial worm hole: these are 'implied spaces'. Death is (almost) impossible as people can be resurrected using their last backup stored at a 'pool of life'.

The novel next flips into James Bond mode as Aristide investigates who was behind the bandit leaders. After a plague-based 'zombie attack' interlude, created to derail Aristide's investigation, it is revealed that someone called Vindex is out to take over humanity. After another Bond-like scene in which Aristide and Vindex face off, all is set for a big galactic battle between Vindex and everyone else. A coda reveals that the bride is pregnant by Aristide and not her husband.

This last makes no sense unless a sequel is planned. There are plenty of nice science fictional ideas in play but the narrative is very much bog-standard adventure mode, with an action hero/man of wisdom, leading lady, sidekick (the cat) etc. The motivation for Vindex and his real identity are cliches. All in all it feels like the author is going through the motions, almost making things up as he goes along. Surely there can be no sequel?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Implied spaces (contains spoiler) 4 Mar 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a very good book indeed. As a sci-fi book it is engaging from the start but, when you realize what it's really about then it is very, very satisfying. Loved it; clever author.

SPOILER ALERT

The implied spaces are undesigned places in artifical worlds where the world's own rules play out. (These are called squinches, an example of one in the real world is a spandrel - there's a great academic paper by Steven Jay Gould about the spandrels of San Marco). However, Williams is really taking great delight in exploring the implied spaces of science fiction - basically he is having a lot of fun changing genres and situations 'between' the standard sci-fi plot types. So we have a bit of fantasy, a bit of inter-stellar travel, a bit of cyberpunk etc all making sense and being allowed by the nature of existence post singularity.
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