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Alternate forms of space.


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Initial post: 24 May 2011, 08:43:40 BST
SpecFic says:
Is anyone aware of any books which involve alternative forms of space (e.g. areas of space or parallel universes where the laws of physics differ from our own). I'd be grateful if anyone could point me to any relevant titles. Thanks.

Posted on 24 May 2011, 17:13:00 BST
Harold Lloyd says:
only one that comes to mind immediately is Star Trek: Voyager's "fluid space"

Posted on 24 May 2011, 19:00:55 BST
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2011, 19:02:08 BST
Garscadden says:
I know some of Vernor Vinge's books do, but I've only read one, and forget which.

(edited, cos I hit the wrong part of the screen)

Posted on 24 May 2011, 20:22:47 BST
Garscadden says:
Okay - I was on a train hence the short post. Zones of Thought: A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge Omnibus)

It was A Fre Upon the Deep that i read, not a bad book. I keep meaning to read A Deepness in the Sky. (Gotta love those titles)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2011, 21:00:00 BST
Norm Deplume says:
I can think of three more:

Raft by Stephen Baxter
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
Brain Wave by Poul Anderson

Posted on 5 Mar 2013, 04:16:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2013, 14:14:40 BST
How about "Flatland" By Edwin Abbott Abbott (so good they named him twice).
About two dimensional creatures incountering our three dimensional space.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2013, 10:39:31 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
There are also various sequals of sorts to Flatland including:-
Flatterland by Ian Stewart
Sphereland by Dionys Burger
The Planiverse by A.K. Dewdney, and
Spaceland by Rudy Rucker
I've read and enjoyed Flatterland.
Harri Rommanpeira (sp; he's Finnish but writes in English) The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince could be argued as taking place in altenate dimensions.

So does part of EE Smith's Skylark of Space series (I think the relevant section is in Skylark of Valeron or Skylark DuQuesne), and Robert Heinlein's "And He Built a Crooked House" is a short story but involves 4 physical dimensions.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2013, 09:43:05 GMT
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Posted on 10 Mar 2013, 00:08:16 GMT
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Posted on 10 Apr 2013, 23:18:19 BST
Paul Mikell says:
In John Meaney's "To Hold Infinity" and "Nulapeiron Trilogy" (Paradox, Context, Resolution), FTL travel is achieved via "Mu Space", the structure of which is so different from normal space that the first generation of pilots had to have their eyes removed in order to comprehend it.

Posted on 13 Apr 2013, 20:37:46 BST
kraka says:
Backspace, very weird...can only move in one direction and anything in it's path disappears.

Posted on 14 Apr 2013, 10:56:31 BST
'The Universe Between' by Alan Nourse.

Posted on 18 Apr 2013, 23:08:45 BST
The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett is fantastic and wonderfully well conceived. A nice twist is when he introduced Roundworld - the result of an Unseen University experiment gone wrong (if memory serves me correctly) which mirrors our own planet.

Posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:32:45 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2013, 14:27:49 BST
How about L-Space in Terry's Discworld, this is space created by large collections of books (L is for Library) which bend reality around them.
Where it's possible to travel from one collection to another no matter how far apart by just moving a short distance,a bit like Hyperspace.
P.S. REF:Kara
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Posted on 24 Apr 2013, 15:41:38 BST
Anita says:
Don't have a suggestion, just to say: love kraka's post :)

Brilliant

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2013, 22:19:15 BST
Pratchett's creativity is just amazing isn't it. I would love to be able to travel between spaces like that sometimes -would be useful if I've just walked from one end of a building to the other and then realised I've left something behind and have to go back for it! An L-Space shortcut would be very handy :)

Posted on 25 Apr 2013, 02:11:01 BST
There are parts of Greg Egan's 'Diaspora' about exploring a universe with more dimensions.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2013, 10:06:01 BST
Ken O'Neill says:
This was inspired by the phenomonon where you go into a meatspace bookshop "for just a few minutes", and emerge several hours later.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2013, 14:31:56 BST
Joe Crow says:
...not unlike the The Weapon Shops of Isher - still one of my favourites, over 30 years after I first read it.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2013, 15:19:23 BST
Ken O'Neill says:
Thanks for that; you just reminded me that I'd never read it!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2013, 21:35:06 BST
kraka says:
Anita Hi

Cheers, and thanks for your kind words................................kraka.

Posted on 27 Apr 2013, 10:45:55 BST
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Posted on 7 Jun 2013, 14:24:03 BST
There is a house in Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere" where each of it's many rooms is in a different location in space.
As you move from room to room you are instantly transported across space without even being aware of it.
Imagine a dinning room on a cliff over looking Angel Falls or on Ganymede looking at Jupiter.
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