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Publisher's Summary

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 Tecmessa 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.

©2019 Walter Jon Williams (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Walter Jon Williams really knows how to play power chords in the 'key of wonder' and in Implied Spaces he’s gone to town on the guitar solo!” (Charles Stross)

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Only made it thru chapter 5 in audio version

I've never read anything from this author before. I found the story line very disjointed, and character development poor. After 5 chapters I had very little connection with any of the characters. The more I listened the less interested I got. I see why it is "included" in prime without additional cost. Not sure how it got so many 5 stars (friends of the author I guess).

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I’m glad I didn’t spend a credit on this…

I did finish the book, and it was entertaining enough to help me through my daily exercise, but it was more of a comic book or outlandish space opera than a serious science fiction book.

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I've read it 9 times now

I would read it 9 more it is so good. Intelligent and comical while covering serious existential questions

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A grand adventure!

I’d never heard of this author and am thankful Audible brought him to my attention. The ideas in this book are magnificent - big science fiction ideas burst from the onset and combine in new ways. Loved the narration as well - very evocative and emotional.

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Boring. Bad narration.

Tried getting into it.. It was honestly painful. Those with more fortitude may be able to see it thru to find a Plot, but I gave up in the first few chapters.

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Bad cover art hides decent book

Nothing ground shattering here but it’s a decent story. Reminds me a bit of science fiction short stories in both the story beats and the world building. A nice palate cleanser if you find yourself going back to the same audiobooks over and over again and want something to break the rut. Don’t expect anything amazing.

Cover art is awful though. Makes it look like a edgy violent young adult paperback rather than a competently written space opera in the classical style.

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Too Perfect

We are all gods with unimaginable powers. So who supplies all of our wonderful food, toys, and gadgets. Most of the underpinnings of this world do not exist.

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An opportunity learn something

This book is definitely worth the trouble of wrapping your head around the story. the main theme can be hard to follow but the implied spaces if you look in between you can definitely find an eye-opening experience.

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a ton of twists and turns

wear a neck brace. This book will shift 180 more times than you can count. Just be ready for it! It's a wild ride, it's a lot of fun, the Imaging is very evocative oh, and the dialogue is tremendous. I really enjoyed it.

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What an interesting concept

I enjoyed this. Lots of interesting concepts and fun characters. Good listen all around.
The performance was great too.
Though, I have to say there does seem to be a point where the writer seems to just abandon some characters.