The Raves Keep on Coming

by wjw on April 4, 2008

Here I am, blowing the trumpets for Implied Spaces yet again.

Though that isn’t quite the right metaphor. I’m just guiding you to places where other people are blowing the trumpets.

Here’s a lovely starred review from Kirkus.

“From Williams (Conventions of War, 2005, etc.), a far-future science-fiction yarn that employs sword-and-sorcery trappings to investigate philosophical questions. Thanks to native ingenuity and the computing power of an array of several planet-sized artificial intelligences orbiting Earth, humanity has consciously avoided a technological singularity; instead, wormhole engineering offers access to limitless artificial worlds, and nobody dies permanently-you simply resurrect your last memory back-up in a cloned body. Aristide, a computer scientist turned swordsman, perpetually amused both at himself and the universe’s ability to astonish, studies implied spaces, disregarded regions not specified but suggested by the subtleties of architecture and geometry. While exploring the artificial world Midgarth, carrying his wormhole-tipped sword and accompanied by the talking cat Bitsy-she’s actually an avatar of the AI, Endora-Aristide stumbles across a warrior-cult led by needle-toothed alien priests armed with tiny wormhole weapons. Recognizing the signs of a vast and deadly plot, Aristide returns to his home in the orbiting habitat Topaz to discuss the matter with persons he can trust. The allies must act before a bad situation deteriorates into another Seraphim Plague or a full-blown Existential Crisis . . . and that isn’t even the half of it. An intelligent, delicate and precise novel of real depth: a pleasure to read, an undertaking to savor.”

A somewhat lengthier review by Andrew Wheeler may be found at Hornswoggler. I’ll just quote the last bit:

“From an opening that reads like epic fantasy through a threat to the human race reminiscent of mid-90s John Barnes, Walter Jon Williams is back with a SF novel as full of adventure and ideas as his Aristoi or Metropolitan. Implied Spaces is a great new novel from one of the best SF writers out there today — go and read it already!”

tcastleb April 4, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Congrats on all the spiffy reviews! Toby Buckell says it’s his favorite SF book of the year so far, and someone in his comments wants to know if it’ll be available in the UK . . .

Kelly April 4, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Yay! You deserve every inch of praise. No other writer gets into my brain like you do!

Can’t wait for my copy to come!

S.M. Stirling April 5, 2008 at 2:44 am

_Told_ you it was good. Told ya. Told ya.

Dave Bishop April 6, 2008 at 8:52 am

Congratulations on the favourable reviews, Walter!

Obviously I haven’t read ‘Implied Spaces’ yet but these are the sorts of reviews that all of your work should attract.

RJS April 8, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Argh. Amazon is delaying mine, and I preordered and everything. 🙁 But I am sure it is good and I’m looking forward to reading it….

Anonymous April 9, 2008 at 2:46 am

When is the book out? I preordered it too from Amazon and now it says something about a month.


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