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Implied Spaces (Singularity)
Implied Spaces (Singularity)
by Walter Jon Williams
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Implied spaces (contains spoiler), 4 Mar. 2011
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.


Touching The Void [VHS] [2003]
Touching The Void [VHS] [2003]
VHS
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £14.99

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Film at its best, 5 Mar. 2004
Like many armchair mountaineers I couldn't wait to watch this film.
I had read Touching the Void some years ago and was inspired by the courage of the protagonists and impressed with the quality of the writing.
Would the film be worthy of the book?
Yes definitely.
The involvement of Simpson et al ensures that the story is truthfully and grippingly told. The film realistically conveys the desperation and courage of the mountaineers. And the camera work is superb - the panning shots of the mountains are beautiful, and for me, allow a glimpse into the appeal of undertaking life risking adventure at altitude.
Touching the Void really does transport the viewer to a place and situation they previously could only imagine.
This is a wonderful piece of film.


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