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Implied Spaces

by Walter Jon Williams

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Aristide 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, and must find a way to save the multiverse from subversion, sabotage, and certain destruction.… (more)
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I read this because it was recommended to me.

One sentence description:James Bond in space with a healthy helping of Creationism.

There is literally no female main or supporting character that the main character does NOT have sex with at one time or another. I found it really hard to like the main character, also the story just didn't do it for me. I don't read much sci-fi, and when I do it tends to be classic sci-fi or PA, so I was more than a little lost with all the tech speak and I just didn't like it enough to even try to understand it. Towards the end when everyone's talking about God and Heaven and how the universe was created by someone/someones, I was just constantly rolling my eyes. Creationism has no place in sci-fi. Sorry not sorry. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
I was so wowed by Williams with the Dread Empire series that Implied Spaces was a real let down. Solid writing, but with the stakes so low - there is no real death, and new universes can be crafted from the quantum foam directly - I had a real hard time investing interest in this novel. Another reviewer likened this book to a late Heinlein novel (we all know what that means), and I have to agree. Not bad, but not great, with a sort of boyish save the multiverse mentality. ( )
  kodermike | Jul 31, 2020 |
Funny thing: I ran across this book while looking for a book someone had described to me and could not name the author or title. This is not the book they were talking about but it had most of their description.

This is a story of pocket universes created through the application of matrioshka arrays and a man and his pet cat who is an AI Avatar for the larger AI that runs the displays.

In this story the main character is an architect who just happens to be studying the Implied Spaces that were created when these world were designed. (Those spaces create in a sort of accident of design while the architects are setting the structures and features of their normal designs.) His quest for a simple understanding of these spaces and the flora and fauna that have populated them thrust him and his AI avatar into an adventure across the arrays. An adventure that threatens their lives and the continued existence of the arrays.

Though it builds slow. It starts out with a sword and sorcery motif in one of the pocket worlds. It quickly builds up steam and when the mains plot kicks in it grabs your attention.

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  JLDobias | Nov 10, 2013 |
A solid 3 star book. Interesting & well written, but not captivating. A very good mix of sword&sorcery in a mostly SF book. There big problem I had was the main character just didn't grab me. I believe the distance was intentional, he's very long lived - a recurring theme through out the book. Unfortunately, it worked to distance me from everything, even some splendid plot twists & innovative ideas.

I'll probably read another by this author. I've heard good things & this was not a waste of time, by any means. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Jun 19, 2013 |
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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
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Williams has taken full advantage of this technopoetic license to weave together a world that combines the sensual thrill of slumming it in the science fantasy badlands with the more cerebral joys of working out just how those lizard-straddling Amazons got there. Best of all, he has placed at the center of his book a hero uniquely conceived to illuminate the landscape.
 

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Walter Jon Williamsprimary authorall editionscalculated
dos Santos, DanielCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lassen, JeremyDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Noble, ClaudiaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Aristide 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, and must find a way to save the multiverse from subversion, sabotage, and certain destruction.

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