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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.
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.