Elegy Beach: sequel to Ariel, a sword-and-sorcery post-apocalyptic adventure story about the reinvention of software in the age of magic

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9 Responses to “Elegy Beach: sequel to Ariel, a sword-and-sorcery post-apocalyptic adventure story about the reinvention of software in the age of magic”

  1. chustar says:

    Wow, did this turn into Wiz Biz or what? Actually, I’m gonna go re-read Wiz Biz cause of this.

  2. HaltingPoint says:

    I’ll second Wiz Biz. Talk about a short, entertaining book with some cool concepts.

    If you like seeing how a modern day programmer in a magical world goes about developing a magical compiler and programming language from scratch with a team of developers you’ll love it. There’s also lots of ethical issues when suddenly humans gain an unfair magical advantage over the other magical critters of the world since everybody can use extermination spells and they start committing genocide…

  3. Derek C. F. Pegritz says:

    I thought Ariel was just…stupid–yet another cookie-cutter magic-returns urban fantasy novel–but THIS sounds flatout awesome. Magical macros are a wonderful idea! I’ve got to pick this one up.

  4. gobo says:

    Arial was an excellent, overlooked novel — it’s great to see it get overdue love, and a sequel, holy crap. Everyone, go buy this so Boyett can finish “Architect of Sleep”, too!

  5. Robert says:

    Wiz Zumwalt, is that you?

  6. NickPheas says:

    The thing that really bugged me about Ariel was the question of what happened to the people?

    In a way it’s very much a kid friendly version of SM Stirling’s ‘Dies the Fire’ series, but in that the question of how you feed a population that’s expecting refrigerated trucks and electric hobs is central.

    In Ariel you’ve got the sense that 95% of the population have gone, but they went so quickly that six years on it’s still possible to scavage food from disused malls. So where did they go? Shai-tan doubtless ate some of them, but there’s no sense that long distance travel is nigh lethal.

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