Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Recently Reviewed Book Provides Great Prespective On Book Review

If Alistair Reynolds' Century Rain met Diane Duane's Onmitopia, doubtless that Walter Jon Williams' Implied Spaces would not be far from the result.

"Implied spaces" are spaces that come into being when an architect or designer aims to create something else. Williams uses in his primary example, the triangular spaces between arches that support a dome. Those spaces were not intentional additions, but they are implied by the intentional additions.

Alistair Reynolds wrote of a world that changed in one pivotale moment, and in that moment, was physically and historically separated from our own world.

Diane Duane wrote of a world that contained infinite possibilities, so we all could find a place to call our own. She also wrote of an unintentional creation, not so much in space, but in personality.

Walter Jon Williams writes of a place where a variety of universes are available, from the Iron Age to Post-Technological, where lifetimes span beyond the limits of our own, and one AI has broken free of its Asmovian chains (yes, he really uses the word "Asmovian").

And for those who don't recognize that reference, I recommend you read Isaac Asimov's I, Robot. But not the movie verson, as the movie and the book have almost nothing in common. Read the original text, or you're wasting your time.