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Implied Spaces by Walter Jon Williams
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bookshelves: genre-sf, 2008_release_read, t_notable_books_2008
Read in July, 2008


Superb adventure sf in a post-singular world where 11 huge AI's orbiting the Sun and kept on a leash by the humans using supposedly unbreakable "Asimovian protocols" use their extraordinary computing and energy power to create pocket universes, that humans - well they indulge their fantasies on


In such a pocket universe - combination of fantasy gaming and cultural preserve, a mysterious swordsman with a talking cat - that's an avatar of the governing AI, Endora one of the 11 - and a wormhole sword, discovers a threat to human civilization that may equal the last war 1500 years ago, the Ctrl-Alt-Del war that killed billions and led directly to the creation of the AI's, pocket universes, slow colonization of several neighboring systems...

The swordsman, Aristide, is a survivor of that war and used to be quite famous but now he is looking for obscurity and making a study of Implied Spaces, which are unintended niches that result in the creation of a world - in that fantasy world, people wanted high craggy mountains, and lush fields with a river valley and an ocean - but in-between a desert plateau was formed by necessity - and that is an Implied Space which Aristide is studying to see how people and animals adapt to.

So the action starts and moves briskly on various worlds, and Aristide is quite well positioned to investigate for various reasons, though what he discovers is quite startling and surprising, including the ultimate Implied Space of all..

Highly, highly recommended
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