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Implied Spaces

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Implied Spaces

    Aristide, a semi-retired computer scientist turned swordsman, is 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 Tecmesssa 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.

Author:Walter Jon Williams
Genre:Science Fiction
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First Line:With long strides the swordsman walked across the desert.
Read:2020, 2008
I originally read Implied Spaces (2008) by Walter Jon Williams in 2008 shortly after its publication and remember quite liking it. I'm currently (May of 2020) rereading it as an audiobook with undiminished pleasure. What is striking to me are how many features that it has in common with Parallel Visions: City of Angels City of Demons. These include a setting that appears to be fantasy at the outset, SF theme parks, a female assistant sharing an initially hidden feature that I won't reveal because, spoilers, and a hidden powerful foe. I strongly suspect these commonalities were an unconscious influence PVCACD. Thus, I'm going to have to add Implied Spaces to its inspirations. (e)
Library:Titles I (Library Box Cross Ref)
Box:A30 (e), E2 (e)
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With long strides the swordsman walked across the desert. Gravel crunched beneath his sturdy leather boots. His eyes were dark, his nose a blade. He wore robes, very dusty, and a flowing headdress, all suitable for the high stone land on which he walked. On his back he carried a pack with dried food, a skin shelter, and a rolled-up carpet to lie on. Though the sun in the sky was small and pale, its heat still quavered on the horizon.

The land rolled in gentle hills, endless as an ocean. The soil was grey and covered with stones the same shade of grey. the air smelled of dust. There was little vegetation. The sky was cloudless and twilit, and the sun never moved.

The swordsman's blade was carried in a plain wooden scabbard covered with cracked leather. The broadsword was heavy, single-edged, broader in the foible than the forte. Its name was Tecmessa.


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